Third Anniversary of My Blog

Dear Readers,

This post marks my third anniversary as a blogger. I want to thank those readers who regularly read my twice-weekly posts, those who have dipped into them occasionally, those who have subscribed to the post, and finally those who have taken the time to write thoughtful comments. Nearly 325,000 readers from around the world (35 percent outside of the U.S.)  have clicked on to the blog since August 2009. Not exactly viral but, for me, most gratifying.

For the 364 posts I have written in the past three years, I have followed three rules:

1. Write less than 800 words.

2. Write clearly on school reform and classroom practice.

3. Take a position and back it up with evidence.

For anyone who blogs or writes often, I want to say that sticking to these rules has been no easy task. Occasionally, I have slipped and alert readers have helped me out.  Yet after three years, writing two posts a week–with help from guests (teachers, administrators, non-educators, family, and academics)–has been very satisfying. I remain highly motivated to write about what happens to policy as it gets translated into practice and those unrelenting efforts of reformers with varied ideas inside and outside the schools who have sought  improved schooling.

Four posts have caught the most clicks since beginning the blog:

Chains or Spaghetti? Metaphors of Implementation (nearly 11,000)

High-Tech Gadgets: Addiction, Dependency, or Hype?” (over 10,000)

“Data-Driven Instruction and the Practice of Teaching (over 9,000)

“The Difference between ‘Complicated’ and ‘Complex’ Matters (7200)

In September 2011, I began a once-monthly series of cartoons on selected topics of teaching, administering, policymaking, and school reform. For those who have not seen these cartoons, click on: “Digital Kids in School,” “Testing,” “Blaming Is So American,”  “Accountability in Action,” “Charter Schools,” and “Age-graded Schools,” Students and Teachers, Parent-Teacher Conferences, Digital Teachers, Addiction to Electronic Devices, and Testing, Testing, and Testing.

As I begin my fourth year, I am not sure where I fit into Roz Chast’s breakdown of bloggers, but poking fun at those who blog is, well, part of being a blogger. Thank you again, dear readers, for making the past three years a satisfying experience.

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26 responses to “Third Anniversary of My Blog

  1. Happy blogiversary! I’ve only been at it for a year. Very rewarding, though.

    Hope you’re celebrating with a fun beverage. :)

  2. Jane Remer

    And thank you for sharing your experience and perspective…always illuminating and written with clarity! Happy “anniversary”
    Jane Remer

  3. Congratulations on the third anniversary of your blog! Thanks for your many contributions to current, developing, and clearer thinking about education.

  4. Larry, you do an absolutely top notch job. I can’t imagine the amount of time and effort you put in. I’ve attempted blogging and I just haven’t put the right focus and time into it. You are a true expert/authority in the area of school reform and I share your posts with people regularly. Thank you for all the useful content.

  5. Paul Jackman

    Keep up the great work. Much appreciated every week. You have inspired when to have a go myself.
    Paul

  6. John Brackett

    Thank YOU Larry. Your posts have been the genisis of many discussions with colleagues. I especially was warmed by your post of Ed Bridges’ comments to SUSE.

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  8. James Boutin

    Congratulations! I particularly like your three rules AND the cartoon.

  9. Cal

    Larry, I very much enjoy your blog and it has changed or expanded my thinking in several important ways. Congrats!

  10. Janice

    Congratulations Dr. Cuban! Your discipline in blogging and continuation of great topics never ceases to amaze me.

    • larrycuban

      Janice,
      Thanks for the congratulations! I credit you for pushing me to blog in the first place and helping me start this up. Thank you.

  11. Ian Rae

    This blog is also useful for us non-teachers who are trying to understand what the school reform debate is about. Thanks Larry!

  12. Donna

    Abiding by your three rules is what makes your blog credible and readable. Thank you and congratulations.

  13. Tom Loveless

    Congrats on three years, Larry. Always enjoy reading your thoughtful observations on school reform.

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