4 Things for 4 Years
Yesterday marked the four year anniversary of my first blog post.
Today, I’ll give you a double dose of Two Things for Tuesday to celebrate four years. First, here are some cool stats:
- This is my 633rd post.
- This blog has been viewed over 683,000 times.
- In June 2014, the blog had 68,688 page views, mostly fueled by the ouster of Janet Barresi.
- The last two months have had the most traffic since then. I guess #oklaed is a little worked up.
- I didn’t even write the most popular post on the blog.
Without further ado, here are four thoughts on blogging, and social media activism in general:
1. I have met some incredible people who’ve left indelible marks on my life. Some, still, I only know through their words and our online interactions. Many though, I’ve had the pleasure to meet in real life. We laugh. We riff. We pontificate. We commiserate. I wouldn’t trade that time for anything.
2. I still find it strange when people know who I am. I’m just a guy – a really opinionated guy.
3. There are more data nerds in Oklahoma than I ever would have suspected. My first post was heavy on data. Many others have been too. People seem to like that. How do I know? Numbers – of course.
4. There’s still so much work to do. We still have End-of-Instruction tests tied to graduation. We still have a 3rd grade reading test tied to promotion. We still have colossally under-funded schools. Our state government is broken. And it’s broke. Activism by educators is at one of its highest levels ever. We can’t be complacent.
There’s a reason we have 400 people running for public office in Oklahoma this year. We basically have a choice: people who favor oligarchy or people who favor public education, for the youngest and most vulnerable among us.
More than anything, thanks for reading my blog.