Everybody says that academic work is irrelevant because we work with obscure, boring stuff that nobody cares about. I’m not seeing that at all, though. Here is a list of people who read my work on just one website, academia.edu within the past couple of days:
I’ve seen people from the most unexpected places read my stuff. The website shows you what exactly they read and how many pages, and it’s really cool to see somebody in Lebanon read my book on the female Bildunsgroman or somebody from UAE reading the recent article on Rosa Montero.
And this is just one website. I’m glad it exists because how else would people from Tanzania and Mongolia (to name some recent example) get access to this stuff? I’m sure it’s not in their libraries.