For some of you this blog is not new. But for my new reader (at least I am hoping for one…), I think an introduction is in order.
This is the first blog in a brand new chapter for PrincipalsPage.
Before I get to that, I need to catch the new reader (s??) up on what they have missed so far.
And by so far, I mean the previous 252 blogs (what I lack in quality, I make up for in quantity).
This may take a while, so you might want to consider calling your boss to say you will be sick tomorrow.
There are several things you need to know about this blog. I don’t need you complaining at a later date because you’re lost.
The first thing you need to know about this blog: It’s written for one person and one person only.
I write (The second thing you need to know: I can’t actually “write”…) this for my own amusement.
This isn’t completely true. I do consider a blog successful if my wife laughs out loud as she edits it (just to review… I can’t write so I need an editor).
Please keep that in mind if you read a particular blog and you aren’t amused, I was.
And that’s what counts.
You may be wondering why I refer to individual entries as “blogs”. That’s because when I started “writing” I had no idea what the proper terminology was.
It may (or may not) have occurred to you that I “write” in very short paragraphs. Very perceptive. This is because I don’t have a clue on when a paragraph should start or stop.
Some people may consider my lack of English skills sad.
They would be correct.
The PrincipalsPage.com Blog began on 07/07/07. Weird, huh? I think it’s some sort of sign, but like so many things I have no idea what it is.
The Blog began as an attempt to drive traffic to my website at www.principalspage.com (a free website with resources for K-12 Principals).
It worked. It’s almost worked too well.
Before I knew it people were actually reading and commenting on the blogs.
That was exciting. And a little disconcerting.
Turns out if you post things on the internet people will read them.
This put me in an odd position with my career.
There’s another thing you need to know. I’m not a principal.
Two years ago I got promoted to Superintendent (or demoted… you can decide), but by then it was too late to change the name of the Blog.
At this point I may be the only Superintendent who blogs like I do. In fact, I may be the only person not housed in an institution that blogs the way I do.
So here is what we know so far: I write the Blog for my own amusement, I can’t write, each individual entry is a “blog” because I didn’t know any better, my knowledge of paragraphs is limited, and I’m not a Principal.
And I am currently not living in an institution.
I told you a sick day might be in order.
The next thing you need to know is what I “write” about.
Nothing. And everything.
I attempt to write about what I know. Education issues, my family, my job (in the most generic terms possible because I really need to remain employed until I find another job that pays… and blogging doesn’t), and anything else that pops in my head.
I’ve found that it doesn’t matter what I write about because there is someone somewhere who identifies with it.
Or hates it.
I have come to realize that everything in life is related to education.
While I have several degrees (which means nothing other than I had a lot of school loans), I learn more from my wife and daughter than school ever taught me.
My wife is the Queen of Technology. While she is a teacher, she also has a company (with her mom) that presents technology workshops to educators.
I am really banking on her being incredibly rich one day.
My daughter is my best and last hope for the future. At the age of 8, she is smarter than I was or will ever be. This isn’t bragging by a proud father, it is documented through NCLB test scores (not really, I just made that up to make a point).
From time to time, I will refer to her as the “Evil Spawn”. I use the word “Evil” in the nicest way possible because one day she may read these blogs and I don’t want to anger her.
She’s my only hope of getting admitted to a nice nursing home (there is no doubt she is putting me in one… my only hope is it’s nice).
The last member of my family is also the newest (and easily the most popular with readers of the Blog).
Buddy the Dog.
The most handsome beagle you have ever seen (or in your case… never seen). People literally stop us on the street to comment on his breathtaking good looks.
I’m considering using him on a brand new line of PrincicipalsPage.com Blog t-shirts. Presently, that idea is in litigation.
The evil spawn wants a cut of the profits because technically Buddy is her dog, but I am not agreeing to anything.
I don’t completely trust her (after all, I have only known her for 8 years and she is way too smart for her own good…).
Plus I figure she is going to owe me about $250,000 before I get her through college… or truck driving school.
So now you know about my family: the Queen, the Evil Spawn, and Buddy the Dog.
There you have it.
In 3 pages, you now know just as much as the poor people who have read the last 252 blogs.
I bet they are kicking themselves right about now. They had no idea I was coming out with a Cliff’s Notes version of the Blog.
The time has come (and the opportunity) to take the Blog mainstream. To the masses. Or at least one of the masses (I have my fingers crossed).
Some of my blogs will now be posted on the Converge Magazine website every Thursday.
This was my dream as a college undergraduate in the English department. Oh wait, I was never an English major.
Or come to think of it… ever allowed in the English department.
Nevertheless, I am officially a writer (this is the part that amuses me in this particular blog) for a real magazine (albeit just on their website).
I am working for The Man.
This isn’t completely true. Working implies a paycheck. And I haven’t seen one.
Maybe it’s true what they say about The Man
Maybe he is keeping me down.