Last autumn, the new magazine, Secular Homeschooling, published an article titled The Bitter Homeschooler’s Wish List. The article was picked up in many places, but the bitter taste grew because Secular Homeschooling itself rarely got the link-credit, although most of the links included the author’s name and the name of the magazine.
In the months since it was first published, Secular Homeschooling still hasn’t made the first page of the Google listings, or the second page. It isn’t until the third page (as of today — 4 Feb 08) that a Secular Homeschooling link from Google pops up.
Because of this sideways fame (an original text being read at the websites of people other than the original publisher), the writer, who is also the Mad Editor at Diary of a Mad Editor, tried reclaiming some of her own fame. Trouble is, a blogger who is getting the fame (ie, the readers clicking on links), told her that he wasn’t going to change his link … because then he’d lose readers.
Sorry, piggy-backing on someone else’s creative work doesn’t fly.
I think The Bitter Homeschooler’s Wish List is dead funny. At the moment my favorite is #7.
We don’t look horrified and start quizzing your kids when we hear they’re in public school. Please stop drilling our children like potential oil fields to see if we’re doing what you consider an adequate job of homeschooling.
Can you imaging playing turnaround with that? Not nice, but hey, we didn’t invent the game.
If you’re going to link to The Bitter Homeschooler’s Wish List, give the author the credit, not a coat-tail blogger.
posted by Valerie