So my hits on this blog tripled yesterday before falling to mostly normal levels today.
The article in which I was featured is here. The writer of the article linked to my old diaryland site, but some of the traffic that went there came back over here. Still, I would say that only about 20% of the traffic that went to the diaryland site decided to come over here. I mean, this isn't much of a weight loss blog, so interested parties probably were quickly turned away by that fact.
As this guy notes, there are plenty of blogs that probably would have been better weight loss blogs than this one. However, I have never, as he claimed, purported to be a weight loss blog. It's just one small aspect of my bloglife. If I had to classify my blog as any sort of type of blog, it would be a teacher blog. But obviously I vacillate from that topic often as well.
I thought that guy over at livinlavidalocarb was sort of a jerk in his description of this blog. He writes, "While those stories are all well and good, a successful weight loss blog is going to primarily provide insight and commentary about WEIGHT LOSS. If your blog is about what is going on in your life, then that's one thing. But if you are going to purport to be a resource for people desiring weight loss, then that should be your focus in your blog." I mean, the word choice of "purport" and caps-locking "WEIGHT LOSS" were a little much. Again, this is not something I purport to be. (I think he was a little mad he wasn't interviewed for the article for his blog, to be honest.) (And, by the way, low carb diets are a fad and only make you lose weight because you're actually just eating less food overall.)
I also think it's because I don't like seeing someone else summarize my life like he did. When I see the phrase "legal battles," I think of someone who got arrested for not paying child support and has to go to court, or someone with a DUI or something like that. Not a story of a completely innocent guy whose dog ran after a crackhouse owner mailman who thought he could get a quick buck and pay back the $20,000 he owes to the city in back taxes and fine by lying and saying the dog bit him. But neither here nor there, I guess.
Anyhow, on the subject of blogs, we have a new principal this year, and I've been a little worried about getting discovered. The Washington Post article sort of made the worry stick more. Today, we got a memo telling us not to ever speak with the press. Weird, as I don't know why the press would ever want to speak to us, and I didn't see any sort of reason why it was told to us. Immediately I thought of this blog.
I then spoke with the union leader, though, and he says I'd be totally safe if I was ever "found out." I haven't used school computers or internet access to update, and that's a good thing. I've never used real names of students, colleagues, or the school. Although I'm sure some astute readers know where I work, perhaps from meeting me at blogger happy hours, I try to stay as anonymous as I can. Plus, there is no contractual language about blogs. Someone told me that no one who is part of a union has ever been Dooced, and no teacher or public employee ever has. But you never know.
So, I worry. On occasion. Never enough to quit this thing or anything like that just yet. I mean, I enjoy this. But enough for me to think about renaming this thing "Epiphany in Large Unnamed City." Not yet, though, and it's probably just mild paranoia. I hope anyone who ever stumbles across this thing can see that I work my butt off for the kids and the school and just looks the other way. It helps that blogspot is blocked at school so no one could access it from school computers.
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