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Stat inflation, links, and NYC Ed

March 11, 2007 am31 1:09 am

It is easy, when blogging, to develop an unwarranted sense of self-importance. There are times I am dazzled by the brilliance of my prose: see, I am published! And then there are the stats. I know how many people visit this site. I know what kinds of posts will generate a spike in “hits.” I get giddy when a big blog links to me: my numbers will shoot up.

But I know that it is all fantasy. My valuable work is in the classroom, as a union (UFT) activist, and in the various math committees that I work with. Classroom first. This blog is an outlet, but it is not my primary work, not close to it. But I understand how other people might get confused. Take NYC Educator. Please.

NYC Educator is so enamored with his stats, that he has lost sight of what matters. He got picked up by a hate site. The hate site generated traffic. And NYC Ed likes traffic. He linked back.

Which site?
moc [dot] eradv. I wrote it backwards so that it won’t get picked up by search engines, and ask that you not visit it. Google it, or read the wikipedia article. This is not a conservative or right-wing site: it is a hate site, the real thing, and we don’t need to generate traffic or cookies.

Edit: Update – I e-mailed NYC Ed: “I notice that you have linked a hate site. It is vvvvv in a 2/26/07 post. I suggest that you remove the link. I have blogged it” and while his initial response was disappointing: “I only linked to acknowledge that it had linked to me. I haven’t blogrolled it and I have no knowledge of what it is” he did decide to remove it (see comments section, below).

(For the link, peek below the fold –> )

Did NYC Ed really link to it?
Yup, in this post. It is the fourth link. Please roll over it and read what it says in the lower left corner, below to verify that he has linked the hate site. If you can avoid it, don’t click the link. Notice the link is hidden under the words “other blogs.”

Edit: Update – NYC Educator removed the link

3 Comments leave one →
  1. March 11, 2007 am31 2:46 am 2:46 am

    Someone emailed me this post, and I’m afraid that you’ve once again overestimated your mind reading talents.

    Furthermore, anyone who reads that post (except you, apparently) can see that I’m responding to teacher-bashers, including those on the site you mention, who’ve concluded that teachers should not enjoy job protections.

    For your information, the original link was to an article which condemned tenure, and I directly refuted it. As the link now leads to the home page and I cannot locate the article, I will remove the link.

    Your implication that I support the site’s contention about teachers, or indeed anything whatsoever that this site advocates is uncalled for.

  2. March 11, 2007 am31 2:50 am 2:50 am

    Thank you for removing the link.

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