As part of my mid-year reflection of considering my impact since starting at Shelby, I've examined some numbers and I'm surprised and invigorated. Numbers alone can't tell an entire story, of course -- the personal emails I've received and the hearty in-person handshakes and head nods of thanks and shares of your personal stories of edtech success go a long way, too. However, since I sorta-kinda gave myself a goal of reaching 2500 views on my blog by the end of the year, I thought now would be a good opportunity to look at several metrics. At the genuine risk and probable likelihood of achieving a #humblebrag, here we go!
- As of today, I have cleared over 4000 total views to Edtech Elixers. It took me from August to October to hit my first 1000, but since then I have averaged over 1500 a month. Considering only about 700 of those views came from my mom, I'll consider that a success! I hope at least a few dozen of you have stuck around as regular readers.
- As I approach my 3 year Twitterversary, I realize I am definitely more active on Twitter. As of several days ago, I passed the 2000 tweet milestone. (To put that in perspective, it took me 26 months to reach 1000 tweets. My next 1000 took nine months.)
- On August 9 of this year, I got my 300th Follower on Twitter. Since then, I've acquired many more at a rapid rate (in no small part thanks to Shelby educators!) and got Follower 500 on December 13. My first 300 Followers took 2 1/2 years, but I'm well on track to doubling that amount in six months.
- I've just begun utilizing Google Plus, and my numbers there (11 followers) reveal I have a long way to go to rival my other social media areas. However, I'm already grateful for learning from Google Circle communities such as GEG Kentucky, and thanks to Renee Boss, I recently had my first Google Hangout video chat. (Quick plug for Renee: check out The Fund Kentucky, the subject of our Hangout. It has interesting outreach opportunities for both individual teachers and districts -- including grants!)