Sorry for the long post yesterday. The topic is a huge bummer for me, so I needed to give myself a little time out after I wrote it.
To get meta on everyone, it's funny to see what posts of mine get mileage outside of my group of regulars. Yesterday's post about special education was very popular on Facebook. It was "liked" 83 times by Facebook people, thanks to a link by an autism group "Thinking Person's Guide to Autism." It received some love on Twitter, but most of the traffic came from Facebook.
A little sleuthing showed that almost of all the "likes" and the "RT's" came from women.
I cover a lot of topics on this blog. I have a lot of interests and I'm not disciplined enough to stick to one topic. Certain topics gather a lot of attention from men; other topics appeal to the chicks. Women like political posts, as much as men, but they seem to prefer politics that has to do with their day to day experiences, like schools. For some reason, local politics is never of interest to general male readers or the male pundits that drive traffic around the Internet. Even the male pundits who write about education prefer posts about national level issues, which is bizarre, because almost everything important about schools happens at the local level. Since there are way more men who are influential on the Internet and in mainstream media, it means that certain areas of politics receive a lot more attention.
I suppose there's a dissertation topic in there somewhere.