Thursday, August 11, 2005

History Carnival update

Well, it has not even been a full day and I have already gotten an e-mail from the current History Carnival host rejecting my entry as too "technical." At least I have progressed from simply being ignored to getting rejection letters. But, honestly not even I expected to be proven right about the unwritten parameters of acceptability for the History Carnival so fast. Maybe some day one of the hosts will specifically tell me what these parameters entail and why I will never meet them. In the mean time I am three for three with twenty three submissions left.

5 comments:

Frank said...

"Too technical"??? How on earth is it too technical? "Too technical" would indicate that it was too hard for the history-loving layman to understand, too narrow in scope to be interesting to more than three people in the world, and/or written in such a way as to be only understandable to those in the field. Your post is none of the three; it's well and clearly written, interesting, and totally understandable.

Camicao said...

That's too bad about the History Carnival. Well, don't worry Otto. As nice as the Carnival may be, you'll reach more readers by writing more books and articles, as you have been doing! Don't worry about it.

J. Otto Pohl said...

Thanks Frank and Camicao. Actually I was surprised that I got a reason at all for the rejection. It disproves part of my working hypothesis in the experiment. The other and larger part of the experiment is still holding to my hypothesis. That is that 26 consecutive entries will be rejected. I will post the results of each entry every two weeks.

Frank said...

You were linked in yesterday's Inside Higher Ed "Around the Web" feature, you know. Someone's reading!

J. Otto Pohl said...

Thanks for the heads up. Yes, it is a link to my post on how US academia values TAships more than publications. I wonder how it got there?