I’m glad you found me, stranger. Well, I assume you’re a stranger, or maybe you’re an old friend. Whoever you are, you’ve been reading what I’ve written, or at least looking at it, and for that I thank you.
I’ve been sort of quiet lately, but tonight I got a buzz on my phone that said, “Your stats are booming.” Music to a blogger’s ears, even a lazy blogger like me. Maybe especially to a lazy blogger like me.
It’s nice to know that this little corner of cyberspace isn’t collecting cobwebs when I don’t come around as often as I should. You’re visiting, and that is wonderful. I hope you’ve found something you enjoy here, or at least something to think about.
Thank you for poking around and looking into the corners to see what’s been laying dormant. There’s plenty to see and do here, if one has the time and patience to hunt around to find it.
In education there is a huge trend toward examining data. Test scores are valued so highly that we have meetings to discuss them virtually every week. At times it’s overwhelming, and frankly, something of the spirit of the child gets a bit lost in these discussions.
I won’t get all soap box on you, but my point is, the data isn’t the whole picture. That being said, it does have value. I just think a balanced approach is probably best.
The balanced approach is usually best, in my opinion. All or nothing rarely works out well, in my experience, especially when it comes to diet and exercise (this is where I get into trouble, but this isn’t THAT kind of post). Moderation is key. You know, balance?
That’s why I more or less ignore the debate amongst bloggers about statistics. Some live and breathe them, others say ignore them completely. I’m in the middle camp (is there a camp in the middle?). I enjoy taking a peek at them, and I get a not so secret thrill when I see lots of activity on the blog. But do I obsessively examine them for trends? Do I throw in random asides to generate more traffic? Do I cross post all over the internet? No. I do not. I don’t have the time or the desire to do those things. If you do, I have no problem with you, it’s just not my thing.
Still, I was thrilled to see this number. Two hundred. It stands for two hundred follows. I feel like I’ve been waiting for a while to see it. I set a goal, visualized it, and it happened. How cool is that? So even though I know some of those follows are from people trying to pad their own numbers, I’m okay with it, because I know there are loyal readers, and many of you slog through each post and take the time to offer feedback. That’s what I find so rewarding about blogging, and for that, I thank you.