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Can’t find anything in the accounting world to blog about? Are you kidding me?

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Nothing to write about in accounting.  You’re pulling my leg, right?

Looks like an all-hands conversation is brewing on the topic of why there are not more accounting professors who blog.

Survey of the current discussion by David Albrecht is at More on Why Accounting Profs Don’t Blog.  I will extend the discussion to ask why are there so few posts from accounting practitioners who are blogging.

One of several threads in the discussion amongst the profs is there’s not a lot of interesting stuff to talk about.

That idea gave me a chuckle yesterday while attending an 8-hour accounting and auditing conference put on by the California Society of CPAs.

While jotting down notes from the speakers, I put an asterisk by ideas that seemed to be a possible blog post.  At the end of the day I had 32 asterisks plus an outline for this post.

That’s 33 ideas for posts. From an eight-hour class. Talking about A&A.

Maybe half of those ideas aren’t worth developing into a post.  Maybe half of what’s left I won’t bother to write about.  That still gives me something in the range of 6 or 8 or 10 posts from a one-day class.

With all the stuff going on in the profession, there’s tons of interesting things to write about.

If you need ideas, read the daily news summary from Going Concern, the AICPA, and CalCPA.  You should be able to get three ideas for a post from any week of news summaries from Going Concern.  Hang out with the leadership of the Maryland Society of CPAs and you should get lots of ideas.

You think there’s not much to talk about?  In terms of topics, accounting & auditing is a target rich environment!

Here’s the first 10 topics that pop into mind, with links to several of my posts and a few other blogs as well:  IFRS rationalization, Clarity project, SSARS 19, SEC dawdling on IRFS (or maybe their second thoughts), convergence, fraud prevention, internal controls specific to your industry, summaries of new pronouncements, FAF & PCSIC, latest fraud incident (Going Concern has been on a hot streak along with accountants behaving badly, one of their many specialities), and reshoring .  Each of those topics is good for 1 or 5 or 20 posts.

Other posts on blogging by accounting profs that are part of the discussion:

As to why there aren’t more accounting profs blogging and more CPAs blogging and more posts from current CPAs, I don’t have an answer.  What I do know is that lack of topics isn’t a legit reason.

Written by Jim Ulvog

October 20, 2011, 6:35 am at 6:35 am

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  1. […] James Ulvog writes the Attestation Update blog.  He weighs in on the professor/accountant blogging issue in, “Can’t find anything in the accounting world to blog about? Are you kidding me?“ […]

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    October 21, 2011, 0:02 am at 12:02 am

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