I check my blog stats quite often, because I am always curious about how people find this blog, and what is most popular. And from this stat searching I have stumbled across a few examples where teachers have told their students about an article of mine…
Obviously, my first reaction is “that is so fucking cool“, followed closely by “yhmm, perhaps I need to start using less profanity if school kids are reading this shit“.
The first time I noticed a teacher linking kids to my blog was quite frankly one of the coolest moments I have had with this blog.
This link comes from a high school biology teacher linking to my post, Theory (Scientific vs. layman’s definition) as one of his “Favorite Links” for his class web page.
While a large percentage of that article is me quoting other sources (including Websters, dictionary.com, Wikipedia, and Steven Hawkins), I still found it quite cool that a biology teacher is using something I wrote as an example for educating kids. For some people this may not seem like a big deal, but for many years I was intent on becoming a teacher myself (most likely high school math or science), so in some small way, this made me think that perhaps if I had taken that path, it may have turned out okay.
In searching for that first example again, I actually stumbled across another example,actually an even older example, of another teacher using my blog to help give their students more information on a topic.
In this case the teacher, this time it seems a college Professor of Physics, had given a link to the same article as a “Source of material which may be used along with the textbook reading” as part of an assignment.
Again, TOTALLY f’ing cool!
Ahh, but the most recent time I came across an example of a teacher telling kids about my blog, and the one that finally prompted this post, is somewhat disturbing, and a bit frightening in fact.
Today I happened to notice a number of clicks coming from some random forum I had never heard of, and when I clicked through, I found the following comment:
our english teacher talked us about that if anyone is interested in homosexual necrophilia in the Mallard Ducks
can read the article here..—> https://potomac9499.wordpress.com/2008/04/09/homosexual-necrophilia-in-the-mallard-duck/
Now this is one of my favorite articles, primarily because of the fact that it is a real scientific study, but due to it I get some of the “greatest” search terms ever used to find my blog (many of which involve “duck rape” and similar terms)…
But an English teacher is telling kids about this? I’m not sure if I should be flattered or freaked out by that class…
All in all though, I find it kind of cool. Some random teachers are using my words to help educate kids. Perhaps it’s not always appropriate, but it sure as hell made my day…