About My Blog: Just Omissions

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Homer’s Brain Non-ExistentI had over 200 views on my latest end-of-the-year blog, which is awesome, and duly appreciated. I put out a lot of my personal life into the blogosphere and have gotten nothing but praises and well wishes. It takes a lot for me to put myself out there like that about certain things, but with your support, entries like that are possible.

With that said, a few notes of interest:

– I omitted my girlfriend’s name and her picture, something I’m sure a couple of people wondered about as they read the little part about her. While I care a lot about her, I also understand that behind those computer screens, there are still human beings, some of whom don’t care about the well-being of my personal matters, so long as they can find a weakness of some sort. I hate to be the pessimist, but some people don’t really enjoy seeing others happy even when it has nothing to do with their own lives, so they seek out those who do live happy lives and push them down. They’ll find some weakness or try and find some dirt so that either they can raise their own self-esteem or bring the other’s down to where they are. Misery loves company.

It’s not only something I’ve experienced in the WWW, but in real life, too, and ever since the last time it happened, I made sure never to reveal who the person was, even if she specifically asked me to. The pictures included in the last post are of my brother, favorite rapper of all time, friend, the 3rd baseman for the New York Yankees (who I still have to write about), and father, but for both of our sanities, I have to refuse to show you pictures of her, or us. Besides, people honestly have a weird sense of recklessness on the Internet. Even when I’m at my most open, I have to pull back a bit.

– I omitted much of the 2007 blog business (i.e. joining the Afrospear, going from like 5 readers to 80+) because I’ll do that for my blogoversary.

– I omitted my progress report on the books I’m writing because every time I think I have a good idea of what the book’s going to look like, I just hit Delete on a whole chunk of it in my mind and start over because it could be that much better.

– I omitted all the random meetings I had with random celebrities and such because most of my friends always mention when they meet celebrities, so everyone within an earshot always mentions what celebrity they’ve met, been next to, slept with, or are related to, and I’m not in the mood for that nonsense. I see the importance of establishing oneself and meeting them eye-to-eye, as peers not idols.

– With that said, I omitted how I went to see Mana and Three Mo Tenors this year, both of whose concerts were absolutely awesome.

I think I’m done. For my teachers, good luck to us tomorrow. Maybe we can start off my reminding them for the classroom procedures. Maybe.

jose, who wants his readers to ask him a question. any question. honestly. just be ready for the answers, too.

p.s. – No, really, if you have a question that you’d like me to answer via the blog, please do so. It’s OK. Just no more indecent proposals, please.

About Jose Vilson

José Luis Vilson is a math educator, blogger, speaker, and activist. For more of my writing, buy my book This Is Not A Test: A New Narrative on Race, Class, and Education, on sale now.

Jose VilsonAbout My Blog: Just Omissions

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  1. Villager

    Your flow is strong … and I imagine that your caution about posting TMI (‘too much information’) is well founded. Anyhow, I look forward to enjoying more of your flow in 2008 than I was able to do in 2007…

    peace, Villager

  2. bygbaby

    Man, there are so many things that go on in my life that I want to write about but who has time. Plus if I put all my business out, people will know that I am not perfect. LOL

    You did give a big teaser on the boo piece, leaving me a little empty, I guess I will chill.

    Bygbaby

  3. pre_k

    well it is said that a person who pays attention will notice what is said but will also consider the weight of things that remain unsaid. personally, as a blogger I think there are elements of self that even if you told them to the world via the blog would still seem incomplete because there are things that only can be revealed in person.

    anyway I have never really been the question type so i will leave that to the rest of the readers..

    Piece and Blessings.

  4. LuzMaria

    Mr. V. – It is always good to share some pieces of you and not all. Based on your worldview, I can understand your hesitation, especially if your girlfriend is HOT. Seems like you have been a busy man. As always, I enjoy reading your writing. I am waiting for those books that you will write.

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    Jose

    Villager, I also got your comment on your blog about visiting other Afrospear Members. Yes, it’s necessary. Because all we got is us! HA!

    Bygbaby, yes I am a tease. But it’s not by habit. More by nature.

    pre_k, exactly my point. Some things just don’t translate well on the written word.

    LuzMaria, my girlfriend is hot. Too bad you’ll never meet her (HA!)

    Damelafuerza, yes it was.

  6. Shelly

    “Even when I’m at my most open, I have to pull back a bit.”

    Agree with you 100%, Jose. Wise words indeed and a very important thing when it comes to this ol’ blogging thang…

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