Education, Writing

The Other Part of the Story

It’s the last day of the year.  Like many of you, I am reflecting on the past year, and wondering what the new one will bring.  During this reflection, I opened an e-mail from WordPress (who hosts this blog) which gave me my stats from the last twelve months.  Amongst the surprising information that 8 people in Nicaragua found the time to visit my blog this year, I ran across this list of my most popular posts of the year:

Most Popular PostsNotice anything?  Don’t worry if you don’t.  I didn’t, either, until I read this observation from WordPress:

Writing Has Staying Power


My writing has staying power!  Wow, is that a compliment – or is that just a nice way to say, “Hey, your most popular post was written three years ago!  What happened?!!!”

Self-doubt ensued.

Temptations to investigate further flooded my brain.

So did the urge to quit.

I thought about the time I would save not blogging, the periodic twinges of guilt I could avoid by telling my family, “Just a minute while I finish up this post,” the frequent escalations of panic when I realize I have no idea what I’m going to write.

And I realized that I can’t give it up.  I love blogging, and I love thinking that someone in Nicaragua might be interested in something I have to say.  The connections I’ve made and the education I’ve gained from fellow bloggers and social networkers have energized me and inspired me.  There is nothing in the statistics that measures the growth I’ve experienced as an educator since I first started blogging.

Statistics can be informative, but they don’t give the whole picture.  According to Ron De Legge II,  “99 percent of all statistics only tell 49 percent of the story.”

Something that might need to be emphasized to the people in charge of education legislation in 2015…




Theme Issues

I know, I know.  First her blog looks one way, then it looks another, and then she changes it again.  Sorry about that.  I liked last week’s theme, but it wasn’t showing correctly on some screens, so now I am experimenting with a new one.  I apologize if you’re going cross-eyed trying to find things on my blog lately.  I guess I’m just feeling the need for a make-over, and having trouble making reality match my vision! Try to bear with me.  I would like to promise this is going to be the winner – but that would ruin the element of suspense, wouldn’t it?  I got input from my daughter on this one – so maybe it will stick around for awhile…