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October 11, 2011


Edith Orenstein


First, congrats on making AccountingToday's Top 10 Blogs to Watch in 2011. I don't always agree with your views, but your indepth analysis is exceptional and your views get people thinking.

You raise an interesting point in your post today, by stating "the job market for our (best) students is dominated by the Big Four," and asking the related question, "Could it be that blogging by accounting professors is detrimental to the career prospects of one's accounting students?"

I wonder if the same question could be pointed at the career prospects of the professors themselves, not in an indirect sense (as to placement of their students) but in the direct sense of paid consulting gigs and funded research.

I'm not saying either of those are 'bad,' just that there is not always as much transparency about that, and this observation also bears on the reputation of academe as being 'unbiased' observers. Just sayin'


I'm interested in becoming an accounting academic in the future (maybe), and I've always been unable to resist blogging. However, as a young CPA, while I find economics and finance blogs interesting, I'm not really as interested in an analysis of new laws and standards.
I will say that this is changing as I get further into my career and get up to speed and more able to understand these debates over policy.

However, maybe accounting academics just don't think there's much of an audience for what they have to say?

Also, it's a profession with a lot of rules and "fitting in" required, and I'm not sure that lends itself to creating bloggers.

Hong Le


Congratulations on the honor!

I am grateful for the work that you have been doing on this blog. Despite a few disagreements with you (IFRS adoption in the US comes to mind), I am glad that you are able to continue posting and provide a great service to the profession.

Much respect.


I had a professor that would tell us stories about getting published in the most obscure publications, and HE would have to pay for the costs! It seems the blog format is ideally suited to intellectuals for a more public discourse. Paul Krugman is a great example of an economist that blogs several times a day on current issues. I guess accountants are too resistant to change.


Left-brained accountants may just be interested in doing their work and may have no desire to share their thoughts.

Independent Accountant

I agree with Orenstein.


Virtual Backoffice

I agree with Kellen. While blogging is on the rise and works as a great marketing tool, there are certain topics that may be too in depth for the average reader. Because of this, I would have to assume that a number of accountants choose not to keep a blog about their professions.

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