I’ve Been Cited In Two Professional Publications And Other Stuff About Blogging
Thanks so much to all followers new and old. There has been such an increase in subscribed followers lately that I’ve not had time to keep up visiting their blogs. Please forgive me. Rather than clicking like and moving on, I prefer reading posts and if there is something I would like to say, to leave comments. Time does not always allow me to leave comments. I’m hoping to set aside at least one hour on the weekends to visit and catch-up on the blogs I follow. Here’s hoping that it works.
Now for a couple of things ….
It’s a humbling experience to discover that things you have written have been cited in professional publications.
In October 2016, blogger Supabutterfly wrote a post honoring me. I was already humbled and honored by his handle. For those who might not know, in July 2014, I made a decision to use the option that a Word Press account would be needed to submit comments to this blog. It was because since mid-2013, I was bombarded with harassing comments submitted through proxy IP addresses. For over 6 months, I blacklisted the IP addresses, but one proxy IP address service might have hundreds of proxy IP addresses. It was a never-ending battle.
There were people who had participated on this blog since it opened in August 2012. They opened Word Press accounts and many of them incorporated the word “butterfly” into their new handles. One did not consider himself a butterfly so chose a handle that includes “moth.” What they did was honorable and a blessing to me. None of them had to go through opening a Word Press account to continue posting comments here, but they did and I am forever grateful.
Getting back to Supabutterfly’s October 2016 post, he discovered that a book titled New Mexico 2050, published in 2015 by the University of New Mexico Press, contains a footnote to this blog. They cited a post that I wrote in March 2014 about the death of Jonathan Mitchell. It was to support the writer’s opinion that New Mexico needs to hire more Black police officers to “… help build a culture of understanding …” and “… put an end to cases like the one involving the death of Iraq War veteran Jonathan Mitchell …”
I had not known about the footnote and finding out about it is a humbling honor. Then last week, I discovered another citation. Printed in 2016 is a paper written by John R. Rickford and Sharese King of Stanford University titled “Language and Linguistics On Trial: Hearing Rachel Jeantel (And Other Vernacular Speakers In the Courtroom and Beyond.” On page 977 is a footnote to a blog post I wrote in June 2013 titled, “Frank Taaffe and the Butterfly Effect of Precious.”
This is very humbling and encouraging.
No 2016 Year In Review By Word Press
Word Press did not provide annual reviews for 2016, but they did leave instructions on how bloggers can get stats if they wanted to put together their own annual review. This is some of what I found for 2016;
The post that received the most views in 2016 was 32 Guards Fired From The Florida Department of Corrections. It was viewed 31,169 times. That post was published in September 2014. The link was posted to more than 3,000 Facebook pages.
The post titled The Jeffrey Dahmer Victim Who Did Not Have To Die was viewed 3,388 times. That post was published in August 2015. It continues to get views now in 2017.
The Impact of Trayvon Martin’s Death on America was viewed 1,959 times. That post was published in July 2014 and it continues to get views now in 2017.
Other Blogs With Subjects That Might Interest You
Twitter has a follow Friday so I figured it might work well for blogs. Each Friday, I plan to refer readers to three to five blogs that I enjoy. For this Friday;
Gronda keeps up-to-date on politics.
For Christians that want a daily word of encouragement, Pastor Sneed’s blog is ideal.
If you want to follow a blog that reblogs so you can cover many interests, try TheMilitantNegro. He reblogs on issues, poetry, and recipes. Here’s a word of warning. If you visit for recipes, make sure you have eaten beforehand because the photos alone will make you hungry.
Feel free to leave a link and introduce your blog in the comment section below. If you are on Twitter or Facebook, you can also leave a link or your handle.