Ancrene Wiseass

A would-be medievalist holds forth on academia, teaching, gender politics, blogging, pop culture, critters, and whatever else comes her way.

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Yes, this really is yet another blog by a disillusioned grad student. I sympathize, but that's just the way it has to be. For hints as to what my bizarre alias means, click here and here and, if needed, here and here. To get a sense of what I'm up to, feel free to check out the sections called "Toward a Wiseass Creed" and "Showings: Some Introductory Wiseassery" in my main blog's left-hand sidebar. Please be aware that spamming, harassing, or otherwise obnoxious comments will be deleted and traced.

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

There's always a market for (blog) vanity

According to this, my blog is now worth $14,973.02. That would make it the single most expensive commodity I have ever owned. If I could actually go public, I might sell. Seriously: that would pay off most of my student loans!

You can see how your own blog's stock is doing if it's listed--and many of your sites are--or play the market yourself at the BlogShares main page.

I don't even pretend to understand how this site works, and it's got to be an impressively complicated operation to administer. It looks like an intriguing and potentially absorbing game, but I think BlogShares also might go beyond entertainment value to offer some implicit commentary on the value of blogs, not only in the sense of their potential commercial value, but also as vehicles for connecting people, experiences, and ideas.