Happy Blogiversary.

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I Couldn't Even Get a Cake.Today is the day. A very special day. And not just because it is the birthday of Ringo Starr and Doc Severinsen (a hip reference for the kids…Google it).

July 7 is the one year anniversary of the PrincipalsPage.com Blog.

This is an emotional moment for all of us (and yes, I am counting general malaise, anger, and contempt as the primary emotions).

I can sense that many of you are feeling overwhelmed.

If you are shedding a tear or feel like you may collapse from the excitement, please keep in mind that you’re not alone.

I am here for you.

I would love to give you a hug if we were together (and if I didn’t mind people touching me, but that is a different story… my therapist says I am not ready to share just yet).

Each year as the sun peaks over the horizon on July 7, thousands of people across the educational world stop and take a moment to salute the PrincipalsPage.com Blog. Okay, maybe not thousands.

Actually as far as I know it’s just me and a creepy guy in Northern Michigan (evidently, there is not a lot to do in that part of the country except stock up on water, beef jerky, and handguns).

You call him crazy; I call him my friend.

Since emotions are running high, I will give everyone a moment to regain their composure.

The Blog started a year ago today. Time really does fly. It seems more like 347 days since it all began.

The Blog has become like another child to me. And not one who is unemployed, plays soccer, eats all of my food, and says she wants to live at home for the rest of her life (I am thinking about getting a lawyer to file a preemptive eviction).

Like our child, the Blog started off by accident. Even so, we have decided to keep it (but like my real kid, I am willing to listen to offers).

During the past year there have been many things that have surprised me about the Blog.

One is that people actually read it. And more surprising, some of them come back. I am still shocked each time someone stops by from the United States, Canada, or the Philippines (seriously, it is my 3rd biggest country for the highest number of visits).

It amazes me that people take time from their busy lives (also very likely sad and boring, but not you creepy guy from Michigan) to read the Blog and leave comments.

Secondly, I had gone through the first part of my life assuming that you need some sort of talent to write. Possibly an English degree or at least a general idea about how the English language works.

Lucky for me it turns out that you don’t need either one.

I did fail in one respect. At the beginning of the year, my intention was to post 135 blogs. I fell just short with 133, but I will strive to do better next year (will I ever run out of stupid thoughts or theories?).

It is also interesting to me that some of the blogs that I like the best get almost no reaction from readers. And on the flip side, some that I feel are moronic (or more moronic than usual) seem to strike a nerve with people.

Thirdly, when this all began I assumed it would be difficult to produce quality work week after week. This is actually true. That is why I have focused on writing in a style I like to call, mediocre to borderline pathetic.

Setting the bar low means I will never be disappointed. Writing a blog is much like life in general. All you really have to do is show up (consistently, you slackers). It really isn’t that complicated.

You don’t have to be the smartest, or best looking, or even have an intelligent thought about much of anything. Just show up.

Lastly, I realized that a well-written blog can be used as a tool to teach others valuable lessons that can help make them better people.

But let’s not get crazy, this blog doesn’t do that.

The point of the PrincipalsPage.com Blog is to… actually, as I have mentioned before there is no point. And that is the way I like it (my first KC and the Sunshine Band reference).

I don’t read many education-related blogs, but when I do something always jumps out at me.

These blogs seem to come in two types. One is the policy related educational articles (that are recycled on 20 other blogs). And the second is far worse. This type of blog is just a forum to share everything that is wrong with schools and education.

I get it. A junior high teacher just ran off with a 12 year old boy to Mexico. Enough already.

My hope is that the PrincipalsPage.com Blog is the exact opposite of those.

Good things do happen at school. And sometimes they are humorous. Not everything in education has to be about lack of funds or test scores.

These funny occurrences may occur during the school day, in the parking lot, during a SNOW DAY, on a vacation, or maybe even in the dark recesses of an angry middle aged man’s mind when his medication isn’t taken in the proper doses (I told the therapist I was capable of opening up eventually).

I hope you have enjoyed the Blog during this first year. Please come back to visit it again and again.

Or not, it is up to you. I will be here either way.

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7 Responses to “Happy Blogiversary.”

  1. Tim
    on Jul 6th, 2008
    @ 11:15 pm

    *Happy Blogiversary.*

    Keep up the good work. This blog gives me something to do when I’m not cleaning my guns, filtering water, or making beef, elk, deer, rabbit, or ‘possum jerky.


  2. Sarah
    on Jul 7th, 2008
    @ 1:23 am

    Hello Principal’s Page author. I started my blog in March and have been blog-stalking you since about the end of May/beginning of June. I haven’t ever commented (that I can remember) because I couldn’t tell if you were all “big time” and didn’t need the comments of random people that read your thoughts. Glad to see you’re somewhat as needy as I am (youngest child syndrome) and enjoy the comments…but also glad to see that you would keep writing whether or not you had any comments. I’m not sure I’m that mature, so kudos to you. That’s probably why I’m an *Assistant Principal*. One day, when I have posted several entries that no one reads, and I still have a smile on my face…then I’ll know that maybe that’s my special time to graduate into a Principalship. Until then, I leave you with this, *”Holy Cow you have had 15,000 visitors?!?!?!?!”*

  3. Ann Oro
    on Jul 7th, 2008
    @ 4:24 pm

    Happy blogiversary. Well, now I know you’re older than me by eight days (blog-wise that is). It’s amazing to put thoughts out there and get a response. Your blog was a survivor of a massive reader cleaning I had in May. Please keep them coming. The creepy guy in Northern Michigan and I will be your faithful followers. I really like your linking skills or those of your Technology Queen/ wife. I may never click those links, but I often smile as they remind me of one of your past posts.

    Here’s to the start of year two.

  4. Dave
    on Jul 7th, 2008
    @ 11:35 pm

    Congratulations. Now I have to get my blog kicked into high gear as well.

    A little something for the special occasion.


  5. FourGMom
    on Jul 18th, 2008
    @ 12:38 pm

    Congrats on 1 year. I have loved reading the blog for about six months now–didn’t realize it was so new when I started. :)

    I understand about the hug thing–I don’t touch strangers either. I also don’t like other people touching me which was really tough when I was pregnant with twins–everyone thinks they can rub the “big ol’belly” of a pregnant woman.

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