300 Subscribers. I Owe Somebody an Apology.

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Sad really.

The PrincipalsPage.com Blog now has over 300 email subscribers.

This means each time I post a half-thought out incoherent barely readable blog, over three hundred people receive it in their inboxes.

My assumption is 296 of them can’t hit delete fast enough.

And I’m okay with that.

When I got my first subscriber (back in the late 1960’s), I was moved to tears (not really, I’m a school administrator … we have no feelings because we are pretty much dead inside).

When the number reached 100, I assumed a rather large group of total strangers secretly got together to pull a cruel (and quite funny) practical joke on me.

At 200, I figured most of my readers were spammers and/or prison inmates (Shout Out to Cell Block 17!!!).

Now at 300, I’m starting to feel a sense of regret.Thanks.

I feel like I should apologize.

Apologize for wasting everybody’s time.

Way too many people read this blog (18,315 unique visitors last month… not that I’m counting).

How many precious hours have been wasted by superintendents, principals, teachers, parents, tech people, and prisoners reading this junk?

It’s quite obvious (to me at least) that I have nothing intelligent to say.

The Evil Spawn is evil.

Buddy the Dog is lazy.

I’m not fit to be married, raise a child, run a school, or own a pet.

Old people don’t like change.

Schools need to implement more technology.

We get it.

Enough already.

Shouldn’t people have something better to do with their time than read this drivel?

Shouldn’t they be working to make education better for kids?

Shouldn’t they be selling illegal contraband to inmates in the next cell?

It’s quite possible I’m making the world a worse place in which to live because my followers are not being productive when they read this blog.

So if you are a subscriber or a visitor, thank you.

And I’m sorry.

I promise to stop.

If you promise to stop reading and get back to work.

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11 Responses to “300 Subscribers. I Owe Somebody an Apology.”

  1. Karen
    on Sep 4th, 2010
    @ 2:12 pm

    It is Saturday, I don’t need to get back to work. Anyway, I am retired and don’t have to work if I don’t want to. So that means I can read your blog. I like your blog. You keep us 300 laughing. Is your 300 like the Spartan 300?

  2. Harold Shaw
    on Sep 4th, 2010
    @ 2:19 pm

    Having another guilt trip about being immensely popular?

    Go with the flow – we like how and what you write even if you are one them – the dreaded administration. You show a teeny-tiny little bit to the rest of us that you guys are almost human once in a while and even (heaven forbid) have a sense of humor.

    Congratulation on how successful your blog is becoming and keep writing that tongue firmly planted in your cheek (no not that one – although it would be interesting to see an administrator accomplish that physical impossibility for most of the human population – but not for Buddy).

    But really I do enjoy your writing and it does give a different perspective than many administrators give us of themselves. I will keep subscribing but in gReader not mail – I get enough SPAM as it is.

    If you need to edit this, because I crossed those lines between teachers and admin types please moderate as necessary :-)



  3. Katiemc827
    on Sep 4th, 2010
    @ 3:03 pm

    Misery loves company. Your blog is like a train wreck for admins, we just can’t stop looking. Besides, how else would we spend the 30 seconds we have between putting out fires?

    Michael Smith Reply:

    @Katiemc827, How in the world do you have a whole 30 seconds between fires?

    You are extremely lucky.

  4. Alfred Thompson
    on Sep 4th, 2010
    @ 3:35 pm

    Remember that with great power (and readership) comes great responsibility. You can’t stop now – we need our “fix.”

  5. Jackie
    on Sep 4th, 2010
    @ 8:05 pm

    I do believe we deserve a chuckle once in a while, don’t you? Thanks for providing one we can choose or not choose to enjoy depending on how busy we are.

  6. Michelle Howell-Martin
    on Sep 5th, 2010
    @ 5:52 am

    Seriously?! You feel the need to apologize for making us laugh when everything around us seems to be so serious all the time…Please!

    Keep up the amazing and funny work you do–it helps keep all the other stuff in perspective. I keep recommending your blog to other teachers. We all need to laugh more!


  7. Tim
    on Sep 5th, 2010
    @ 2:15 pm

    Apology? Who needs that? I’m still waiting for my Buddy the Dog t-shirt and/or coffee mug…

    Michael Smith Reply:

    @Tim, Buddy the Dog items are available in the Gift Shop.

  8. Tim
    on Sep 5th, 2010
    @ 4:06 pm

    Gift shop, hmmm… there’s always this…



  9. Rho
    on Sep 8th, 2010
    @ 8:07 pm

    You make me laugh after my day with ALL of the ninth graders in our school for English I. Don’t you think I deserve a laugh? Don’t you think I deserve hazard pay for the parts of my brain that are destroyed every day dealing with freshmen?? Don’t you , , well, you get the idea!
    Had a ninth grader today, at the end of the period announce that he had his S/S book instead of his lit,. book. The book we had read out of all period, and used as we made organizers, and analyzed characters, and made an inference chart. I asked him just when it dawned on him that none of the words on the pages he was SUPPOSED to be reading with me as I read the poems aloud didn’t match the words he heard. Do you know how hard it was not to explode as he said this with a snarky, haha,smirk?
    So keep the laughs coming. I need them. It’s only September.

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