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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

I have to take blogger training?????

If I want to write for the Petting Zoo's blog, I have to take their blogger training course.

Ironic, no?

It's some sort of two-hour session where they indoctrinate you about what you can and can't say.

I've been here for two and a half months, and they're just now getting around to telling me that it'd be great if I wanted to blog. Woot! There's another training session coming up, oh, in another month or two.

Things move slowly around here. Have you noticed?

I'd be utterly offended of it weren't for the fact that EVERYBODY has to go through this "training," including Passionate Public Interest Lobbyist (whom I wrote about the other day), who worked as a journalist for longer than I worked in academe before coming here. All the other communications and public affairs people, several  of whom have extensive publication records, have to take it, too.

Apparently, scientists have even bigger egos than writers. Possibly it makes them feel better about their own writing skillz if EVERYBODY has to get the blogger training.


  1. They should hire me as a fucken consultant to give the training!!

  2. Righteous! Now that might actually be funne!! But alas, I think it's neither scientists nor writers but some sort of professional development fuckwad types that do the training.

  3. professional development fuckwad types

    Those motherfuckers are the fucken worst!

  4. Wow...good grief..stunned..and I bet that some consultant is hired to do the training who will tell you not much at all but charge an arm and a leg for it. Yep, I'm cynical.

  5. The 2 Year Life of the MindOctober 4, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    Ironically, I'm amazed and yet excited by the fact that in the business world, people are often paid VERY well to produce mediocre work. This is because I can produce GREAT work and can then charge VERY high rates because I could be one of "the best" at whatever (blogging, running a petting zoo, whatevah). Achieving the status of "the best " in academia is certainly not easy, or quick, and doesn't always come with a high salary.

    Take the knowledge and run with it. Then YOU start charging people to teach THEM blogging! LOVE IT!

  6. I'm neither stunned nor outraged. Just amused, really. If the Petting Zoo wants to spend money on something I find silly or wasteful, so be it. Exhibiting Habitats has an ample budget, and making everyone take blogger training (or whatever) doesn't affect my salary, benefits, or working conditions. Unlike in academe, where there was a lot to be angry about along these lines because the money was going to everything but salary, benefits, and working conditions of the adjuncts teaching the majority of the classes.