Because I am vain when I meet someone new who I think might google me, I google myself to see what comes up (after internet snooping on them of course).
I’ve worked pretty hard on my Google presence for the last couple of years. Not because I had done something internet bad that I wanted to hide but because I unfortunately share my name with a woman who was murdered by her husband several years ago. While I don’t think people will confuse the two of us, it seemed like a prudent move to try to kick the story off the first search page.
A few things I realized/was surprised by in my most recent google-though:
- While I definitely dominate “Kathryn McLellan” (sorry other Kathryns!), I lose out on “Kat McLellan” to another Kat, one who unfortunately was a grad student at UIC, also interested in women’s studies and material culture. She seems pretty cool but this is actually potentially confusion-making. Sadly, although I go by Kat, I’m thinking I probably need to give up on that one and use Kathryn for all my public online crap.
- Another issue is that this blog doesn’t show up under my name at all. While I’m not always the proudest of this thing – particularly my inability to hit the publish button on anything – that seems like an oversight.
- I really, really, really need to update my poor website.
- The most pleasing realization is that one of my professors in grad school credited some of my work in a footnote in his book (!!!!) This is, sadly, probably my biggest academic “professional” accomplishment.