200th Subscriber. Am I Better For It?

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Yes, I Know.  This is Only 10 People.

It’s official.

And a little sad.

The PrincipalsPage.com Blog just got it’s 200th subscriber (actually it was the 202nd, but I’ve been busy… with my day job and all).

This means two things. 

One, 200 people receive the newest blog entries via email as soon as I slop them down and hit the publish button (which I’ve been known to do by accident halfway through a blog… sorry).

Secondly and most importantly, it has become apparent that there are 200 people in the world who are unbelievably bored.

Seriously, you should think about doing charity work or something at least a little more productive.

Even while I may question the good judgment of my readers, I realize I’m very lucky.

This blog has been an opportunity to spout off on a variety of issues.  Education, burning popcorn, Swine Flu, Tiger Woods, politics, my Evil Spawn, Buddy the Dog, my travels (however limited), and any other weird stuff that pops into my head.

The blog has helped me reach outside the walls of my school and be a part of much larger discussions.

I’ve been asked in the last couple of days if the blog has made me a better administrator (seriously, it couldn’t have made me worse).

The answer is it has. 

Probably in more ways than I know.

It’s given me the opportunity to learn from people who are much smarter than me.  They come from all over the world and bring so many different types of experiences and views on education.

Turns out if you write it, they will come (yes, a Field of Dreams reference… one of the 10 best movies of all-time).

While I can’t say I’ve helped them, they’ve certainly made me better (again, not that hard people).

I got my 100th subscriber in late September 2009.  That was 26 months after I started blogging.

It only took 4 months to reach 200.

By my math I should reach 1,000 sometime around…  never.

But who knows?

Stranger things have happened.

Like a Superintendent who blogs.

Or even weirder, the fact that people are reading a Superintendent’s blog (and it’s not about busses, report cards, or current school events).

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12 Responses to “200th Subscriber. Am I Better For It?”


  1. Teach_J
    on Jan 26th, 2010
    @ 5:36 pm

    You should also try to find out how many subscribe via RSS – google reader, etc. I do.


  2. Michael Linsin
    on Jan 26th, 2010
    @ 6:07 pm

    I’ve always heard that the first hundred subscribers can take what feels like forever and that it multiplies after that. My experience has been much like yours. My blog passed 100 a few weeks ago and 200 is close at hand.


  3. Charlie A. Roy
    on Jan 26th, 2010
    @ 6:15 pm

    congrats on your celebrity status! Let me know when the book comes out. That’s what we need next is the book. That makes you an official celebrity.


  4. mcorbett76
    on Jan 26th, 2010
    @ 7:35 pm

    Glad I could help propel you to notoriety!


  5. TimGee3
    on Jan 27th, 2010
    @ 12:33 am

    Ok, so I’m feeling a little guilty. I have resisted subscribing to any blog by e-mail. So now, here you are talking about it and some little part of me really wants to “fit in”. It’s like digital peer pressure, which is kind of like no real pressure at all. I’m pretty sure no one would care if I subscribed by e-mail. So I’m not going to.

    I do read every post, in Google reader, and hopefully soon on an Apple tablet. If you do get that book done I will read it, on the aforementioned Apple tablet. I probably have not helped propel you into notoriety, at least not in public (I would wear a PP.Com – Buddy the Dog t-shirt if that would help), but I have starred several posts and my friends have enjoyed your posts I’ve shared. Keep up the good work!

    Actually, I just broke my favorite coffee mug today, so a PP.com – Buddy the Dog coffee mug would be a no brainer… I digress… frequently

    Michael Smith Reply:

    @TimGee3, Buddy the Dog merchandise….

    … you may be on to something.


  6. AllanahK
    on Jan 27th, 2010
    @ 1:48 am

    But you forget about the unwashed masses of those of us who don’t do the email thing but read you in an RSS feed. I use Bloglines and it tells me there are 28 of us who read your posts using Bloglines. So you’re well on your way to the thousands!!!

    Michael Smith Reply:

    @AllanahK, 200 + 28… correct me if my math is worng, but that’s a lot.

    Michael Smith Reply:

    @Michael Smith, More good news… 293 people are following the blog on Google Reader…

    … let me see… 200 + 28 + 293 = a lot of bored people.


  7. Michelle Howell-Martin
    on Jan 27th, 2010
    @ 2:59 am

    Congratulations! Can’t wait to see what you come up with in the future (book, hint, hint!).


  8. AllanahK
    on Jan 27th, 2010
    @ 12:10 pm

    There you go! Plus all the other RSS readers we don’t even know about.


  9. Warren Purdy
    on Jan 29th, 2010
    @ 4:07 am

    Congratulations Michael – go you good thing! But Kevin Costner? Really???

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