Monday, November 8, 2010

Hello Readers! A Call to Delurk

Hi there, Readers! Every few months I try and get you to delurk—reveal yourselves and your interests—and I have little success. But I try anyway. After all, I've revealed myself to you, and I'd love to know who you are too. 

Traffic has been high lately in part because I've been active elsewhere on the web, and I'm glad you've all found your way back to AiP. If you're a new Reader, please take a moment and say hey, tell me where you hail from and what you're interested in—what appeals to you about anthropology or if you liked a specific post—here. Most importantly, welcome! Glad to have you here.

Longtime Readers I know you're still there, and I know that life keeps you busy. I won't call anyone out by name, but there are some regular voices I haven't heard from in awhile. In case you're wondering, bloggers do notice who's around and things get awfully quiet when you disappear. As I said, I know some of you are in school, are teaching, etc., but I'd definitely like to hear from you. 

To facilitate commenting, I've permitted anonymous posting—just keep it clean, please. I will delete your comment if you're unnecessarily rude. Looking forward to hearing from you!

Update 11/10/10: I am THRILLED that so many of you have responded. I love hearing from you—it makes me feel less like I'm speaking into a void. And many of your have interesting projects of your own to share, which is fantastic. Keep talkin'.


  1. I was pointed to your coffee-related posts: I'm kind of a coffee snob. In addition, I like to learn about history and archaeology (and, by necessity, anthropology).
    I recently got a job which is probably going to yield considerable travel including international work, and observing different living patterns throughout the world promises to be fascinating.

  2. I also arrived here by way of the coffee posts. I'm doctoral student in anthropology -- specifically the historical archaeology of eastern Native Americans. Love the blog!

  3. Hi! I've just started reading your blog, I found it through the Four Stone Hearth blog carnivals. I'm studying archaeology at the moment, but I'm interested in all aspects of the human sciences like anthropology, political science and sociology! Thanks for the great posts!

  4. As one of your former colleagues and a link on your blogroll below, I'm not sure I specifically need to de-lurk. But I did want to say that I absolutely adored your Cookie Monster post.

  5. Love the blog. I am a seminary student and really enjoy reading your work. What I've like is that the entries focus on topics that make you think, "wow, I've never thought about the history/heritage/background of that before". Very fascinating! Keep up the great work.


  6. Also, I can write: I meant "What I like". Stupid me. ;-)

  7. I'm thrilled you all responded!

    @Hasufin: It sounds like a remarkable opportunity. If you'd like to share any of your observations, please don't hesitate to reach out.

    @Alix and @Erin: Really glad to have you around--hopefully, you'll find things that relate to your studies.

    And KK, yes! Of course I'd like to hear from you. You fall into the "teaching, research" group. I know you guys are out there, I know you're busy, but it's still nice to hear from you once in awhile! As for Cookie, I think it's time we reclaim the bits of our childhood that did no harm and have been harnessed for propaganda. Plus he gave me a neat way to talk about identity, which continues to interest me though I've wandered away from academia! Thanks so much for stopping by.

  8. Hey Will, you totally made my day! That's entirely the point of this little exercise: to help people take notice of the everyday things they tend to overlook and see how they contribute to our social selves. Very, very glad this message is clear!

  9. Hi Krystal,

    came across your blog accidentally. Name is Graeme form NZ . I have a blog and I enjoy reading about the vagaries of life.

    Looking forward to reading you on a regular basis

  10. Hi, recently (i'm 38) started to think what area would be enough interesting and cross-discipline to go for second degree and found anthropology worth exploring a bit more. I started reading your blog from coffe series and i mainly read via RSS.

  11. Graeme and J, welcome! Glad to have you around. Graeme, I've taken a non-traditional path with my degree, but anthropology is definitely something that continues to excite me on a daily basis. Feel free to contact me if you'd like to chat about the discipline and returning to school, etc.

  12. Hi, I just found this page searching for anthropology pages on facebook! I'm an undergrad student in Utah majoring in anthropology (cultural), and I LOVE it :)


  13. Hi! I found your page linked from the Smithsonian blog and I really enjoy your work. I'm a Theatre historian currently serving as an academic advisor for performing arts students in Virginia. I love cultural anthropology (natural fit for me) because of the stories we can tell our students. There is a LOT of crossover between genres and I love seeing how things fit together. Thanks for your work and I'll continue to check in!

  14. Hi Krystal

    I came across you blog via the much-linked-to coffee post. I love the way you apply big ideas to little things, and you write with great lucidity.

    I blog at Marbury on all sorts and I'm currently writing (actually, just finishing) a non-fiction book about lying and its role in our lives. It includes a bit of anthropology, as well as psychology, neuroscience, etc etc.

  15. Elizabeth, I hope you continue to love it. It's a rewarding discipline.

    Shaun, thanks so much. I'm thrilled to hear that it's applicable across disciplines.

    Ian, my decision to try to give up coffee has reverberated far and wide :) Your work sounds really interesting as well. I've just shipped off a paper on theory of mind in the digital realm and did a fair bit of research on deception. Please send along more info when you can.

  16. I'm Lubna, from Delhi, India. Im a strategic planner working in an advertising agency.

    I'm a psychologist by education and training, but have always been interested in anthropology as well. I'm lucky that my profession encourages me to explore this interest - its pretty handy for insight mining and trend mapping.

    I came across your blog through a link on another anthropology blog, and very much enjoy reading it :)

  17. I just came across this bit on another blog, and realized it might be of interest to you:

  18. Thanks for the link, Hasufin. Definitely seems worth a closer read when I have a minute.