The boy who knew too much: a child prodigy

This is the true story of scientific child prodigy, and former baby genius, Ainan Celeste Cawley, written by his father. It is the true story, too, of his gifted brothers and of all the Cawley family. I write also of child prodigy and genius in general: what it is, and how it is so often neglected in the modern world. As a society, we so often fail those we should most hope to see succeed: our gifted children and the gifted adults they become. Site Copyright: Valentine Cawley, 2006 +

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Over 100,000 hits since this blog started.

Today, is a day of celebration on this blog. Today, my total number of reader hits since the blog started 23 months ago, is 100,052.

Now, 100,052 is quite a healthy number, I think, given that there are far too many blogs in the world (roughly speaking there is about one blog for every ten internet connections, according to the last figures I read. In other words, everyone has tens of millions of blogs to choose from. Getting readers in those circumstances is a definite victory.)

Most people who arrive on this blog are interested in giftedness, or education, in some way. So, that figure of 100,000 total readers since the day the blog began, is an indication of the level of interest in these subjects, worldwide. That interest is significant, if not overwhelming. There are many things that people could be interested in, many things they could read. Were I to write a blog on Tom Cruise, I am sure that the readership would be a hundred fold higher. However, I don't think such a blog would add anything worthwhile to the world. There are enough media covering Tom Cruise to make a blog about him unnecessary.

Giftedness, however, is a subject that is both of importance and under-covered, in some ways. There is much that can be said in this arena - and much that needs to be said. It is a subject of dear interest to those parents who have a gifted child to raise and, as such, is worth devoting some energy too.

I would like to thank all my readers for deciding to read some of what I have written. Please pass the word around about this blog so that others, too, might enjoy what I have written, or find value in it, in some way.

To put those figures into perspective, my readership per year has doubled so far in the second year compared to the first. 100,000 hits is a target that I had set myself at the end of the first year, for the second year - and it is one that I have achieved before the year is up. We will see what the actual total for the year comes to on September 19th, 2008 which will be my blog's second birthday.

Happy reading all.

(If you would like to learn more of Ainan Celeste Cawley, a scientific child prodigy, aged eight years and seven months, or his gifted brothers, Fintan, five years exactly, and Tiarnan, twenty-eight months, please go to: I also write of gifted education, IQ, intelligence, the Irish, the Malays, Singapore, College, University, Chemistry, Science, genetics, left-handedness, precocity, child prodigy, child genius, baby genius, adult genius, savant, wunderkind, wonderkind, genio, гений ребенок prodigy, genie, μεγαλοφυία θαύμα παιδιών, bambino, kind.

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posted by Valentine Cawley @ 6:09 PM 


Blogger Shannon said...

There is little written on the subject of child prodigy from the perspective of a parent. I have found your blog a helpful reference.

1:40 PM  
Blogger Valentine Cawley said...

Thank you, Shannon for your positive feedback. Is it as a parent of a gifted child that you find my blog "a helpful reference"? Or is it in some professional role? I would be interested in learning of your perspective.

Best wishes.

6:41 PM  
Blogger Shannon said...

As a parent of an enthusiastic learner, I value the insight and information presented here. Your blog, in part, has influenced my thoughts on:

--Divergent intelligence
--Early college (waiting for the right program.)
--The uses and misuses of psychometric testing
--Value of original thinking
--Universal giftedness (and the difficulty of being talented in many areas.)

2:08 PM  

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