Thank You For A Great Year! Blogging & Technology by Joel Wagner - December 31, 2009June 30, 20103 Over 10,000 of the visits to SYWTT this year came from nine sources. The top three alone actually sent me over 6,200 visitors. This is incredible, and I need to thank all of you for the help you’ve provided me. Top referring blogsThese are the blogs that have sent the most visitors my way in 2009. I cannot thank these people enough for taking the time out of their schedule in one way or another and finding something on my site that resonated enough with them to send their readers my way. You people rock! It’s Not All Flowers And Sausages TutorFi.com with the post 50 Reasons Why I Enjoy Being A Teacher Guy Kawasaki with the post 20 free tech tools for teachers and students Learn-gasm with the post 100 Incredible Inspiring Blog Posts for Educators Shmoo2 with the post The Quit Teaching Diet Campus Grotto with the post 10 Ways to Stay Busy over Break Jane’s E-Learning Pick of the Day with the post 5 great resources to find out about Google Wave I Want To Teach Forever The Cornerstone Learn Me Good Social Media Explorer with the post Determining The Top Education Blogs Zen Habits with the post Ask the readers: Best tips for decluttering? Successful Teaching The ASCD Community Blog with the post “So You Want To Teach?” Prevents Listlessness Joanne Jacobs ProBlogger with the post Write A List Post [Day 2 – 31DBBB] Other referrersWhat is amazing is that these blog posts alone sent over 7,000 visitors my way. There were other referrers besides blogs that sent plenty of readers over here as well. The top 5 are: Google Reader – by far, this is the top. Most of SYWTT’s visitors come from reading a blog article, and most of those come directly from Google Reader. At least that was the case in 2009. Times are changing… Twitter – While Google Reader and other RSS readers and email sites are among the top now, I am all but certain this will change drastically in the coming year. Twitter will absolutely crush all other (current) means of information sharing. Facebook will be number 2. Delicious – Far and away my favorite of the old school social bookmarking tools, Delicious still remains among the top of referrers to the blog. I’ve been trying for months to find a way to add a badge and a simple way to bookmark articles like I have for Facebook and Twitter. If you don’t blog and you don’t Twitter, any time you can bookmark one of my articles in Delicious, it will help out tremendously. TeacherLingo – Though it doesn’t send stuff my way much any more, this site was greatly beneficial in the early days of building my blog. If you are a new edublogger, sign up over there and get to work! Alltop.com – Guy Kawasaki’s brainchild, Alltop is a sort of hub for blogs and news items of a related topic. More info can be found here. All in all, 2009 was a great year for the growth of my blog, and I owe a ton of that to these (and other) referrers. Thanks again for helping get the word out there and sharing with your friends. Joel WagnerJoel Wagner (@sywtt) began teaching band in 2002. Though he had a lot of information, his classes were out of control. He found himself tired, frustrated, disrespected by students, lonely, and on the brink of quitting. He had had enough. He resigned from his school district right before spring break of his second year and made it his personal mission to learn to be a great teacher. So You Want To Teach? is the ongoing story of that quest for educational excellence.