In this essay I explain why I blog and list all the other accounting professors who blog. There aren’t many.
I posted my first blog entry nearly four months ago, on September 3. At long last I have joined a very popular trend, professors who blog. Fifty posts/essays later, I’m more committed than ever.
Why didn’t I do it before? Ignorance. Until just recently, I didn’t even read blogs. RSS feed? Don’t even know what that is. Just give me a journal or magazine article that I can conveniently cite when I write a journal or magazine article of my own.
I finally realized that I’ve been blogging for quite a while. How so? About 1,000 accounting professors belong to an e-mail list called AECM (Accounting Education using Computers and Multi-media). I’ve been subscribed since the get-go. The list currently generates 30-60 e-mail posts per week on a variety of topics. Bob Jensen (emeritus of Trinity University) sends more than half. That’s OK with most of us. He is a prolific web surfer. He usually finds interesting articles that in some way relate to either accounting or accounting education and sends in links to them, sometimes accompanied by either his opinion on it or a series of questions designed to get us thinking. After about 10 years of this, those who don’t like to receive so many e-mails or so many of his e-mails have left the list.
I don’t lurk. This apparently means I don’t mind embarrassing myself if I send an e-mail to the group. Over the past few years, whenever attending a conference I’d usually meet someone who liked reading my posts to the list. Hmmm, I have an audience. It’s best never to admit that to a professor. So, I’ve slowing been increasing the rate of my submissions, and over the past year I might have sent in 200 e-mails. That was too much for both me and the list members. At the last conference I attended, a friend came up to me and said, “I think of you every day, when I open my e-mail program and see that you’ve filled it with so much crap.” Although he might have been trying to be funny, I still winced.
Sending any unsolicited e-mail, let alone too much of it, is definitely not the way to keep friends and influence enemies. So it is off to the world of blogging that I go.
Why should a professor blog? See the next essay, Why Accounting Profs Should Blog, to find out.
Here is a listing of accounting professors that are using blogs or in some cases, have used blogs. The ten current bloggers differ greatly from each other. However, they all have something in common: They have something to say that can no longer be bottled up. I recommend that you bookmark them all.
- The Accounting Onion (USA) – retired Thunderbird professor Tom Selling.
- Andy’s Teaching and Learning Blog (USA) – tenured instructor and department chair at Edmonds Community College.
- The AGA Weblog (USA)- Willamette assistant professor Kenneth Smith has written a blog since March, 2008, for the Association of Government Accountants.
- Bob Jensen blogs (USA) – retired Trinity University professor. Prolific contributor to AECM. His most relevant blog is Tidbits.
- Prem Sikka (UK)- Accounting professor at University of Essex blogs at The Guardian (London newspaper)
- Professor Elam (USA)- University of North Texas at Dallas professor Dennis Elam blogs on every day events from the world of business, linking them to the classroom.
- Professor Gerald Trites (CAN)- (FCA, CA*IT/CISA) is a Professor of Accounting and Information Systems at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia. He was the first Director of the Gerald Schwartz School of Business Administration and has served as Chair of the Department of Information Systems. Maintains Canada XBRL Blog.
- Really Engaging Accounting (USA)- Central Florida accounting professor Steve Hornik.
- The Summa (USA)- commentary on Financial Reporting and related matters by David Albrecht.
- Tick Marks (USA)- an Austin Peay tax accounting professor, Dan Meyer, that has blogged continuously since 2005. When blogging about accounting, his posts focus on tax (surprise, surprise, surprise) and personal finance. He also blogs about accounting students.
Here is a review by accounting students who blog
- CPA Pledge: Accounting student Jim Chapman chronicles his experience at Central Connecticut University. Is currently centered around studying for the CPA exam.
- NJSCPA Exam Cram Blog: Recent College of New Jersey grad Priscilla Jenkins, has blogged since July, 2007, about studying for the CPA exam. Is sponsored by New Jersey Society of CPAs.
Dormant academic blogs
- Dr. Del’s Accounting Information Systems and Security Research Blog – Del DeVries is now at Belmont U. Maintained this blog from 2003-2007, then switched to wiki
- Del DeVries – AIS, Business Process, IT Security, & Strategic IT (USA) Del DeVries, now at Belmont U. Now prefers to post notes on his wiki.
- McClelland (USA)- Purdue graduate accounting professor Malcolm McClelland blogged briefly fromAugust, 2006 through September, 2006. His posts revolved around a research paper.
- Professor. A on Accounting – retired academic Walter Antoniotti created blog for accounting students in March, 2008. Only one post.
Over and out – – David Albrecht