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Dear Scott,

You’re breaking up with me?  I thought we had something…

So many comments/pingbacks/etc.  Be careful what you wish for?

A few thoughts, comments, replies, etc to Scott et al…

First, I just want to be VERY clear that I NEVER used the word “elite” or any form of that word in any of my posts.  Never.  In fact, I very specifically and carefully wrote that there was “an awesome cocktail party conversation…”  Meaning, there was great stuff being said.  Also, I basically retracted the cocktail party metaphor in my subsequent post.  I think it’s really dangerous to inject one’s interpretative, normative language into someone else’s reflections.  Remember, all, these were reflections…I continually started with “I feel…”  Those are the key words in any form of reflective practice.  I should know; two of my dearest colleagues wrote the book.

Second, Scott, I’m having trouble reconciling Facts 1 and 2 with the rest of the brutal facts.  If I build it and nobody is going to come and nobody cares about me anyway, then why does it matter that there are things I can do to build traffic and that there are people who can help.  With what would they be helping me?  And, patient for what?  Nobody cares and nobody’s going to come anyway, at least according to facts 1 and 2.  And, you were one of the first to write about comment intensity.  So, help me with the logic here.

Third, many of the comments suggest something to the effect of “don’t blog for the stats.”  Again, I never said that I was blogging FOR the stats.  Furthermore, how do I reconcile comments/replies that suggest that I shouldn’t worry about stats, I should use blogging as a form of reflection and focus on the kids.  Well, I am absolutely committed to the blogsophere as an author and as a particpant because I want to effect change; I want to improve the lives of school-aged children and those who work with them directly or indirectly.  But, if I’m authoring a blog as a reflective exercise and nobody’s listening, how am I achieving my goals?  So, I’m not blogging FOR the stats; I’m simply looking at the stats to gauge my progress.  That’s also a key component of reflective practice; staring the data in the face and using them for growth.

Fourth, I’m stuck on (at least) one issue.  Kate Olson (Hi Kate, and welcome to my Bloglines account!) wrote: “When you directly quote another blog and share your response and opinion, it’s just plain NICE to encourage everyone to visit the blog you are referring to. So, because I’m naturally a little, let’s say – contentious – I’m going to ask that you please share your thoughts on the original topic with Jon, this post wouldn’t be here without him.”   Vicki Davis responded with, “The conversation doesn’t BELONG to anyone! It just doesn’t – we can talk any place, anywhere that we want!”  I agree that conversations don’t belong to anyone, but isn’t Kate’s way one very small step towards putting some very light boundaries around a conversation?  IDK…this one’s tough.

Finally, THANKS.  Thanks to all who’ve commented, replied, taken the conversation away (c’mon, that was a joke people!).  Scott, I couldn’t agree more about being gracious.  A wise professor once told me that if I do nothing else in life, I should pay my bills, pay my taxes and write my thank you letters.  So, thanks all for aiding my reflective exercise.

Now go away!  (again, a joke people…)

Yours in the blogoshpere,