My Blog Has Over One Million Page Views
As of September 05, 2015, this blog has passed the one-million-page-view mark. It happened following my posting my 605th blog entry, “Details from the Washington State Supreme Court Ruling Against Charter Schools.”
One million views in less than 32 months. That is really cool.
Let’s celebrate with some deutsch29.wordpress.com history:
I began my blog just over 31 months ago, on January 25, 2013. St. Tammany Parish (Louisiana) retired teacher and 2015 Louisiana State Ed Board (BESE) District 1 candidate, Lee Barrios, was the friend who in late 2012 suggested I start this blog.
I originally began my blog because I needed a place to store my writings, one of which is a piece I wrote in December 2012, “VAM Explanation for Legislators.” Barrios had asked me to write this piece, and former Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) data manager, blogger, and 2015 BESE District 6 candidate, Jason France, suggested I send it to education historian and blogger, Diane Ravitch.
Ravitch published my “VAM Explanation for Legislators” on January 14, 2013. Eleven days later, I started my blog.
Here is my first post written on my blog on January 25, 2013, and creatively entitled, “My Very First Blog Entry Ever”:
Some months ago, a friend told me, “You need to start a blog.” I did not think much about it. I thought, “I don’t have time. Besides, what will I write?”
Well. Talk about turn that statement on its head.
For the past couple of months I have been writing numerous education pieces, mostly to correct sleights of statistics performed by would-be educational reformers. I am at the point where I realize that I need some permanent, public place where I might record my writings.
I need a blog.
The decision to begin my blog was in part inspired by Gary Rubinstein. He writes on his blog as little or as often as a particular occasion warrants. I did not want to be trapped into having to post a certain number of pieces in a given timeline, and in my blog naivete, thought I must keep to a schedule. Gary’s entries are so informative, yet he keeps to no schedule. Thanks, Gary, for providing your unintentional yet valued example of blogger freedom to me.
So, here I am, making my as-of-yet unacknowledged entry to the blogger universe.
Happy to be on board.
Within a week, by the end of January 2013, I had begun what would become a 17-part series on the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ). Diane Ravitch carried the entire series on her blog, and I consider her willingness to feature my blog posts as a critical to my blog becoming the voice that it has in defense of American public education.
And now, for some blog statistics:
As of this writing, the top five referrers to my blog are Facebook (250,749 page views), search engines (119,222 page views), Diane Ravitch’s blog (68,363 page views), Twitter (38,303 page views), and Huffington Post (8,108 page views).
The top five most popular posts are “A Brief Audit of Bill Gates’ Common Core Spending” (August 27, 2013; 22,900 views); “PARCC is Down to DC Plus Ten States, and Louisiana Isn’t one of them” (December 05, 2014; 13,076 views); “Steve Perry’s Dissertation: Heavy on Lit Review, Light on Scholarship” (May 18, 2013, 12,917 views); “Those 24 Common Core 2009 Work Group Members” (April 23, 2014, 12,855 views), and New York Algebra Teacher Writes Parents about the ‘Serious Disservice’ of Common Core Tests” (June 24, 2015, 10,947 views).
The single best day on my blog was March 14, 2015. That day, my blog had 8,514 page views. The top posts of that day were “Hey, Kids, If You Tweet about Your PARCC Experience, Pearson Will Call You Out” (March 13, 2015, 3,841 views); “The Powerful, Enforced Silence Around Standardized Testing” (March 14, 2015, 1,813 views); “Did You Know I Am ‘Funded by the Teachers Union’?” (March 14, 2015, 847 views), and “Smarter Balanced Offers Tips for Monitoring Students on Social Media” (March 14, 2015; 778 views).
So, a huge thank you to my readers, Happy Million to Me, and let the next million begin!
Schneider is a southern Louisiana native, career teacher, trained researcher, and author of the ed reform whistle blower, A Chronicle of Echoes: Who’s Who In the Implosion of American Public Education.
She also has a second book, Common Core Dilemma: Who Owns Our Schools?, published on June 12, 2015.