My two older kids taught me the fine art of Googling myself. Several years back, they thought it funny that they could Google their own names and get hits, such as their credit for doing the art on the children’s album put out by the dad of my friend, Emily. Whereas if they Googled my name, they’d come up with a Spanish language link to some woman in South America.
It’s gotten better. Hosting a blog with my name as the domain certainly helps. (Although you may remember that I had to change the kids’ names on the blog, to prevent the blog from coming up whenever their names got searched. The older two didn’t much like that.) Now some of my writing gets Google hits, as does the fact that I’ve spoken at our local homeschool conference.
So every once in a while I Google myself, just to check in–and to make sure my kids aren’t getting more hits than I am these days.
Last night I tried again. There was a new link–and lo and behold, I’ve been quoted.
It’s on a site for distance learning in British Colombia. On the page titled Our History, there is that quote from Marianne Williamson, the one that is often erroneously attributed to Nelson Mandela, which starts off, Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure…
And then below it there is the following: Don’t think about grade levels. Grades are for eggs and maple syrup. – Patricia Zaballos
Ha! That’s a line from the homeschooling essay I wrote for Mothering magazine (which I will link here soon; it’s been a year since it was published, so I now have that right.) But oh, it tickles me to be casually quoted along with, you know, Marianne Williamson. On different pages there are quotes from Mark Twain and Pablo Picasso, among others. Hee hee. Yeah, Picasso and me: we like to hang out.
Have you Googled yourself lately?