#SOL17: Retrospect

Screenshot 2017-12-26 at 5.30.26 AMWhat a year!

There are so many ways to vies the data in WordPress that my head can spin  . . . or I can just look like a bobblehead.  After all, what’s in a number?

Looking back is something of a habit before the New Year begins.  Here were my reflective posts from 2016, 2015, 2014, and 2013.  It was fun to see where the emphasis has changed over time.

My Top 5 Most Viewed Blog Posts of all time are:

5. How do we know students are making progress in writing? (2014)

4.  #DigiLit Sunday:  Critical Thinking (2017)

3.  Generative Writing as a Formative Assessment (2015)

 2.  Lexile Level is NOT Text Complexity (2013)

1. #TCRWP and a Teacher’s Toolkit for Writinf (2014)

Data analysis is interesting.  At first glance it appears that my OLD writing is more popular than my newer writing. Or does the popularity mean that these posts are STILL topics/issues that present day literacy teachers are struggling with?

My data is skewed and incomplete.  Every other year I have reported the top 10 posts.  Narrowing the parameters of my list causes the comparison to fluctuate from previous years.  And even more disconcerting is changing the years . . . what is the difference between “all time” lists and just the “top ten” from this year?  What is the difference between “from” and “for”?

My Top 5 Posts from 2017 are:

5. #DigiLitSunday: “Possible Sentences”

4. #SOLSC17: #OLW Brave

3. Reading Goals: What Do You Measure?

2. #DigiLitSunday: Summer Slide

1. #DigiLitSunday: Critical Thinking

Subtle differences require a discerning reader.

Today “I cherish the oddities”. (Call for slices by Melanie here.)


What kind of reader will you be in the future?

What data do you use for valid comparisons?

What data do you wonder about? 

Is all data equal?

Thank you, Betsy, Beth, Deb, Kathleen, Lanny, Melanie, and Stacey for this weekly forum. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here.                                                                                                      slice of life 2016

13 responses

  1. Keeping us thinking right through the year, Fran! I appreciate that about your writing, no matter what the topic!

    1. Erika,
      Can’t wait to hear about your travels!
      And thanks so much for your support!

  2. You know, some of my favorite all time posts are not the most read posts or even close to it. I wonder what your data would show if you thought about your favorite posts, your hardest posts to write, your _____ posts. As always, I’m grateful for the thought pushes you provide, Fran. Happy 2018!

    1. Melanie,
      I’ve steered away from reporting “my favorite” as I was afraid that might sound too conceited. However, I may have a parallel for the March slicing. . . another angle to work it. The key is continuous writing. . . and more celebrations!!! ❤

  3. Happy New Year, my friend from afar! I love that you have so many posts that you can collect data on the Top 5. Keep writing in 2018. I look forward to adding to your data as I will be reading your posts. They always give me food for thought.

    1. Happy New Year! WordPress collects all kinds of numbers and today I was trying to remember just which set I like best. Always a challenge when it’s only a once a year view. . . nothing against summative data but it’s not the main focus of my blog!

  4. Like Melanie, above, I am wondering about the posts you poured your heart and soul into. Do they rank as “high” with readers as they do with the writer? You have given me a lot to think about and I am going to do a little reflection on my own stats.

    1. Thanks, Adrienne!
      And no my angst and my readers’ love don’t match . . . not much at all! Stats are one piece . . . but I find it interesting “which” topics seem to be more timeless!

  5. Enjoyed reading this and lots to think about—especially what constitutes data and the values we place on collected digits. Alongside data I like to place hunches. Each infirms the other. I think when we place beginnings and ends on flows, we can get some very contrived understandings. It’s why I return to tacit ways of knowing too. All inform.

    1. So many ways to “know”, Maryann and data (numbers) is one small tiny part. I do love to see what sticks with the readers . . .

  6. It is always neat to look at data and see what it shows us. Yes, data does change depending on the parameters we use. I know that I always enjoy your post no matter the topic because I always learning something new. Looking forward to your 2018 posts. Happy New Year, Fran.

    1. Here’s to continued learning as well as a Happy New Year!

  7. Very interesting!

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