Help me write a better profile for myself

Okay, so I’m not very happy with the current “about” in my sidebar, and would like help writing it. Part of the issue is that I don’t know what info about myself is salient to other people, so something that might seem not worth mentioning to me might turn out to be what everyone thinks of when they think of me. I’ve included a few bits of bio about me, things people sometimes get wrong, below the fold. Includes one update about my life:

  • I have a masters degree in philosophy from the University of Notre-Dame. Not doing that anymore.
  • When I got sick of philosophy, I considered switching to neuroscience, but after taking some classes as a special student to maybe prepare for going to grad school in that, I decided I was sick of school in general and started looking for a job.
  • Now I’m going to go off to teach English in South Korea. Yay! I’ve hesitated about announcing it because it hasn’t happened yet, but now I’m going off to do it in… oh crap a couple of weeks.
  • My book, unfortunately, is out of print. But I’m working on another one.

What else to people want to know/think everyone else should know? Feel free to stroke my ego here.

(For those who are curious: the decision to become an English teacher in Korea came because (A) I’m pessemistic about how things are going in the US, and want to learn my way around a foreign country so I can flee there in case everything goes to hell here (B) A masters in philosophy is the least-useful degree ever for getting a job (C) the Koreans pay native-speaking English teachers really well, at least relative to the qualifications you need.)

  • http://www.facebook.com/karla.kearney Karla

    Awesome you are going to Korea. I have considered that myself but have opted instead for a second master’s degree.

    Options to include in your bio might be what you like to do in your spare time, hobbies, fetishes, peccadilloes, etc. Assuming any of these are things you wish to share with the blogosphere.

  • piero

    I think the most salient things about yourself come through in your posts. And yes, you should take that as a sincere compliment.

    • http://www.facebook.com/chris.hallquist Chris Hallquist

      But what are those things?

      • piero

        Well, for a start, your posts show that you are extremely intelligent. That’s not the sort of thing you’d put on your profile, lest people think you are conceited.

        Another thing: you hate academic philosophy, but you forgot to add to your profile that in fact you love philosophy itself.

        Finally, you are ready to defend unpopular positions, as was the case with you post on abortion and politics, which shows you care more about truth than about political correctness (a sadly scarce attitude nowadays).

        • piero

          Oh, and also you don’t check your pieces for typos. Some commenters on Amazon complained that you need a better proofreader. I offer myseff for the job, becuse I’m obvuiolsy qualifeid.

          • http://www.facebook.com/chris.hallquist Chris Hallquist

            Actually, I do check my pieces for typos. I just suck at proofreading.

  • Annatar

    “…want to learn my way around a foreign country so I can flee there in case everything goes to hell here.”

    Don’t you mean WHEN everything goes to hell here?

    I think it looks good so far.

    • lordshipmayhem

      I’d choose somewhere less close to North Korea. The thought of being less than an hour from a paranoid megalomaniac’s massive (and brainwashed) army isn’t a concept I’m comfortable with.

  • Rike

    No help for your “about” here, but I just checked for your book on Amazon. This is what they have to say:
    “When you buy this book now for $111.84 and sell it back later for a $0.72 Amazon.com Gift Card, it could cost you as little as $111.12″
    Some other sellers on Amazon list it for $53.00! I would love to read it, but can’t afford that steep of a price. Would it be possible for you to re-publish it as an e-book?

    • Anonymous Atheist

      As long as he has his publication rights, it is easy to republish as an ebook via kdp.amazon.com, and as a physical book via createspace.com. :)

    • piero

      Yes. I just bought Richard Carrier’s Kindle edition of Sense and goodness without God for US$10 insted of US$21 for the paperback. I don’t own a Kindle, but you can download a Windows application from Amazon. It works fine: I can zoom in and read the screeen from several feet away, reducing eye strain.

    • lordshipmayhem

      Wes Boyd is an on-line author whose books are available in hard-copy form through his website here. He uses a print-on-demand publisher who reportedly creates relatively decent quality books.

      He also recently added Barnes & Noble as a distributor.

      If you like, there’s an e-mail link on the page where you can ask the author directly what his arrangement is with Barnes & Noble and the print-on-demand publisher.

  • Anonymous Atheist

    The current bio:

    Chris Hallquist has been an atheist blogger for over six years, which makes him like ninety in internet-years. Back in the day, he wrote some stuff for the Internet Infidels, and his critique of William Lane Craig has been included in their “Best of the Modern Library.” He also wrote a book which is now out of print, and is writing another book which isn’t yet in print. He has a masters degree in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame, but hates academic philosophy. You can email him at challquist (at) gmail (dot) com. He rarely tweets, but you can also use @UncredibleHallq to yell at him.

    My suggested rewritten bio, from available information:

    Chris Hallquist has been an atheist blogger since 2005; wrote a thorough critical review of William Lane Craig’s ‘Reasonable Faith’ for Internet Infidels, plus 2 other articles; and is the author of the currently out-of-print book ‘UFOs, Ghosts, and a Rising God: Debunking the Resurrection of Jesus’ analyzing the origins of Christianity, a chapter in ‘The Onion and Philosophy’, and a forthcoming work-in-progress. He has a master’s degree in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame, and is currently pursuing an unrelated career as an English teacher in South Korea. You can email him at challquist (at) gmail (dot) com. His seldom-used Twitter account @UncredibleHallq.

    • Anonymous Atheist

      Typo in the last sentence… “His seldom-used Twitter account is @UncredibleHallq.”

  • http://lifetheuniverseandonebrow.blogspot.com/ One Brow

    Why are you so concerned with what we want to know? Even collectively, our opinion about what is important about you is far less likely to be relevant to what you think is important about yourself.

    I do like some of the revisions by Anonymous Atheist, because they add more details, but outside of that we’re reading you to see your reflection of the world, not our reflection of you through our lenses.

    • http://www.facebook.com/chris.hallquist Chris Hallquist

      For one thing, what you’re seeing through this blog isn’t the whole me, not by any stretch of the imagination. It’s just one side of myself that I put forward here. I’m trying to calibrate that, and for that, it matters how other people see me.

      • http://lifetheuniverseandonebrow.blogspot.com/ One Brow

        I agree that guaging how others see you is a good goal for effective communicaiton, but that seems orthogonal to the the parts of you tht you think are most important (at least, to me).


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