Elton John's "Yellow Brick Road"

Short Notes: I Live For This

Jose Vilson Short Notes 6 Comments

Elton John\'s \"Yellow Brick Road\"

A few links:

  • Problogger has the most comments I’ve ever seen for one post. Awesome on all ends.
  • Electronic Village presents a video on Barack, Curtis, and the perception of manhood in the Black community.
  • Cute babies at Boing Boing plead their innocence. They swear they’re not terrorists. You be the judge.
  • The families of Brandon McClellan (Black man who was dragged to death) and Jennifer Hudson (mother and brother killed, nephew missing), I send my deepest condolences.
  • Yeah, I know you don’t like getting stats about the drop-out rate in this country, but it’s not going away (Thanks, LeaderTalk).

A point to make:

Early on in my career (yes, it’s a career now), we were told that there’ll be tough moments that’ll test our mettle, but we should always appreciate the small moments and inflate them as much as possible. That moment for this blog came at this comment:

Anonymous { 08.09.08 at 11:15 pm }
I agree with everything above; I am a gay high school student, in the bible belt, and have not yet come out to even friends and family. I am not so much afraid that they will abandon me, but I am afraid that they will never be able to think of me in the same way. I really appreciate you doing this for these teens.

Before that comment, there were only 8 comments on that post, 2 of them from me. And there were good points made, but I just kept writing, not thinking much about what I wrote. I posted this in January, and that’s where most of the comments ended. Seven months later, a young men somewhere out there puts that thought out there. I was so awed, I couldn’t even reply. I just kinda nodded in silence as I read it over again.

When I read comments like that, it’s not so much about how many comments I get, but about what they say.

I’ll get into that tomorrow. For now, comment as you please. I’ll be reading and nodding along.

jose, who is always halfway between the moon and New York City …

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.

Comments 6

  1. Kevin

    When I read comments like that, it’s not so much about how many comments I get, but about what they say.

    So true. It’s the beauty of blogging (and might I add teaching)–those small moments of awe when you realize that you aren’t screaming into the void, that you are being heard and helping transform the world in your own way.

    “It’s not about a salary; it’s all about reality.”

    Kevins last blog post..Old School Friday: One Hit Wonders

  2. Bam

    *rolls eyes.

    You don’t have to poke at my insecurities Jose. Damn, I thought we were cool?

    With that though, you are right. I do prefer more substantial comments, versus, hey I read this good post comments.

    Later,
    B

  3. Frumteacher

    It’s true. Blogging is like a therapy for the writer (at least that’s how it feels to me), but it starts getting even more beautiful when you see that things you write reach out to other people.

    BTW, congrats on the interview in the NY magazine, that is so cool!

    Frumteachers last blog post..Historical movies

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    Kevin, I feel like that last quote is something I’ve read somewhere. Oh snap, it’s my headline. Alright now. (totally j/k)

    You’re all right though. Blogging in a vacuum is alright sometimes, but there’s a reason why we put things out there.

    Bam, I bet you thought this blog was about you, don’t you, don’t you? HA! Besides, your site’s been getting quality AND quantity. Much like the Field Negro does.

    Frum, thanks for the props. And blogging is therapeutic, and sometimes group therapy can be that much more successful toward recovery.

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