2012 in review

December 30, 2012

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 3,100 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 5 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.


2010 in review

January 2, 2011

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is doing awesome!.

Crunchy numbers

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A helper monkey made this abstract painting, inspired by your stats.

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 3,100 times in 2010. That’s about 7 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 4 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 180 posts.

The busiest day of the year was February 11th with 48 views. The most popular post that day was Site Index.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were spidergrrl.com, wordweaver.pbworks.com, userpages.umbc.edu, stumbleupon.com, and en.search.wordpress.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for coetzee pronunciation, pronounce coetzee, how to pronounce coetzee, coetzee pronounced, and how do you pronounce coetzee.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Site Index November 2006


ignorance is NOT bliss, or how to pronounce “Coetzee” October 2006


Joseph Harris’s Rewriting March 2009


about July 2006
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Taylor Mali’s “What Teachers Make” November 2006

blog doldrums

June 24, 2008

Well, this is just silly. I haven’t posted in over two months. Why have a blog? Eh? I haven’t written because I don’t think I have the time. I don’t have the time. Doesn’t matter. I still need to write. I’ve had blog-thought moments. You know the ones: “Wow, I gotta put that on my blog.” Then I go grade papers, or prep for class, or worry about health insurance. So, let’s see if I can short-circuit that direct path to not-blogging. Let’s see.

new dashboard

April 12, 2008

haven’t checked it out fully, but first glance at WordPress’s new dashboard makes me happy…it’s larger, less cluttered…and then there’s the quick fix…fast access to posting…gotta go read the WordPress announcement. this isn’t what i was planning on posting right now…but it keeps me busy, eh? hmmm….where’s my categories list…down below…and looks like it offers a default view with “Most Used” categories…i thought the list looked a bit short…but there’s a link directly below that allows me to see “All Categories.”

Leroy Sievers’ cancer blog

June 8, 2007

I’ve written before about Leroy Sievers’ cancer blog at NPR, but I visited it today after hearing about a teacher’s recent death from lung cancer. Once again I’m struck with the immensely deep community that has sprung up through Leroy Sievers’ honesty and writing. I’m grateful to NPR for supporting such a caring and helpful resource.

if you want to learn how to live…

May 4, 2007

listen to those who speak with death every day. I’m reading Leroy Sievers’ My Cancer blog, which is hosted on the NPR website. Sievers was interviewed on Morning Edition this morning (“Leroy Sievers’ Cancer Conversations“) and he’ll be the subject of a documentary with Ted Koppel airing Sunday on the Discovery channel (“Living with Cancer“). The documentary was supposed to air after Sievers died, but he’s still here — after a 4-5-year remission from colorectal cancer, and after having his brain tumors blasted away with radiation this past January.

On Morning Edition, people who have posted to Sievers’ blog read some of their entries. One ballet teacher/dancer talked about looking in the mirror on Valentine’s Day and seeing an alien: no hair on her head, no eyelashes or eyebrows, no breasts, lots of scars. She then talked about getting into bed that night and her husband telling her how beautiful she was.

Sievers’ blog post today talks about “What if?” What if he didn’t have the cancer? Several people with cancer who commented on today’s post say they don’t ask “What if?” but they do ask “What now?” Living in the moment, learning how to inhabit that now with love and compassion.

I’m going back to reading the blog and the comments.

protesting war

March 18, 2007

About 400 protestors marched on downtown Denver yesterday. I’m planning on being at a candlelight vigil tomorrow night in Huntsville AL. We’re entering the fifth year of the Iraq War, the fifth anniversary of the war. “Anniversary” seems such an unfit word with all its trappings of celebration. There’s nothing to celebrate here. The front page of The Sunday Denver Post announces a lead article by Kevin Simpson called “Revived protests seek firm footing” and the top quarter of the paper is devoted to¬† news on Iraq and on protests. There’s a picture of a scarf-clad woman protestor with a white band around her forehead and tucked under her aqua scarf: the band has the word “PEACE” in capital letters black-inked in. Two-thirds of the visual space of the front page, however, is taken up by an article with the title “A world of charm & contradiction,” and tells us that “In Oklahoma, the pageant circuit is queen — and an industry.” The picture of five competing teens in the Miss Broken Arrow Outstanding Teen contest is three times the size of the head shot of sixteen-year-old Amina Khan, the anti-war protestor.

Kevin Simpson’s article raises some excellent points (it’s also well written). And I want to talk about those points later, but I’ve got to get to my WAT meeting where we talk about how to set up a writing retreat that builds a community of teacher-writer-scholars who use technology in teaching writing. So the quotation from Colorado state senator Mike Kopp, who presented a pro-war position at the downtown rally yesterday, is particularly appropriate: “My sense is that (the anti-war movement) is small pockets inflamed by the blog world.” Hmmm. I’ll talk about this later, because it’s part of a central point Simpson makes in his article.