An Introduction to the Blog. I am Going to Work for the Man.

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Converge Magazine.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. Converge Magazine -Spring 2009.


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.

Still don’t.

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 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 (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.

Who knew?

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.Coverge Magazine.

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 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. Converge Magazine - Winter 2009.

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.

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12 Responses to “An Introduction to the Blog. I am Going to Work for the Man.”

  1. Dianne
    on Jul 6th, 2009
    @ 12:51 pm

    No one could ever keep you down, dude! You are just too cool and so is the whole family!! Now I love you all!
    But, like I said before don’t worry about that. I can’t be a stalker; in fact, tomorrow morning, I’m having my right hip completely replaced because just walking is too painful now.
    My surgery is 7/7 and I’m hoping for 7 am (Well, I have to be there at 5:45, so 7 is reasonable.) —-giving me my own 7/7/7:00. And my husband bought some scratch off tickets in honor of it and won $60 plus a free ticket. (Minus the $15 he spent on them.) Hey, in my world, that is big money!!

  2. timgee3
    on Jul 6th, 2009
    @ 1:00 pm

    Your right, I wish I’d known about the Cliff Notes version… ;-) Although the cliff notes really don’t do the blog justice.

    I am really looking forward to the t-shirts. I have not bought a new t-shirt in such a long time… All of my shirts have collars.

    I’m getting old. And the windows for my jeep just arrived.

    Now I am torn, do I go unwrap my new toys or finish this comment that is supposed to get to how great you are and the blog is… Well, Gotta run!!!

    Michael Smith Reply:

    @timgee3, If the t-shirts are ever ordered… you get a free one.

    This comment is worth at least one free shirt… maybe two.

    Thanks for the laugh.

  3. Kelly Christopherson
    on Jul 6th, 2009
    @ 3:48 pm

    Get out of here! You aren’t a principal? Well, let the litigation begin – I’m going after the name now!

    Seriously, though.

    I am.

    Wait. Damn. I can’t. I’m now just a vice-principal. Crud.

    Back to the entry (or blog entry or blog) or whatever you call it.

    I’m always completely engrossed for the entire time I read your ….. blogs??? (Mrs. Principalspage – can you fix this. It doesn’t work for me!)

    Back to being engrossed – I am. I laugh, I cry – I’m really moved. Reading your words takes me away from the hassles and problems in my life and, well, gives me yours. But it’s not the same. Yours are, well, yours and not mine so I don’t have to worry about them which frees me from mine which, because they are mine, cause me stress.

    Being an English major – and I was – Advanced Degree in American Literature – I want to write and you give me inspiration. I have hope because of you. (Do you think Mrs. Principalspage would edit for me?)

    Unlike Tim, I don’t want a t-shirt with a beagle on the front. I have enough tshirts because I travel and end up buying them as souvenirs so I have new ones. Now, if you could put it on a tie, I’d be interested!

    As for your daughter – I only hope you can convince her that most of this was in good natured humour. If not, I’d begin looking into making the move to Canada soon – the coverage is better up here.

    Good luck with the mainstream effort – I hope it works for you.

    Who’s the man?

    Michael Smith Reply:

    @Kelly Christopherson, I am not sure where to start.

    I used to be a principal. Best job I ever had.

    You aren’t the first person to threaten to sue me. If my memory is correct, you are #1,456 and counting…

    An English major??? You may be the first English major to ever talk to me.

    You should write more. Leaving it to people like myself is just foolish.

    A t-shirt is probably the best I can do. Theme ties aren’t allowed in my house (or short sleeve dress shirts… but that is a blog for a different day).

    My daughter is probably the funniest one in the house, so I don’t think I will offend her in the long run.

    This blog is almost like an open diary for her as she gets older. A warped diary, but a diary non the less.

    My wife is all fired up for a trip to Canada, so get ready.

    And The Man??? The Man is corporate America that I am “working” for.

    How long until they have “some suggestions” for the blog????

  4. Kimberly
    on Jul 6th, 2009
    @ 10:30 pm

    Mainstream, how cool! Not a principal, huh! Guess I should have gone back to the beginning of your posts when I started to follow. No matter! I still look forward to reading each of your posts and so many times find myself nodding. So, congrats Mr. Superintendent! (BTW: You’re right – The Superintendents Page wouldn’t cause me to tune in – my super is a nun and believe me, I really can’t fathom what goes on in HER mind!)

  5. Warren Purdy
    on Jul 7th, 2009
    @ 9:43 pm

    Hi Michael – I believe I may be the first New Zealand Principal (yes I’m the real deal) with a masters degree in English to converse with your good self. I believe it was around post (yes they are called ‘posts’) 119 – look it up. Wow – where has the time gone? Now that definitely must get me the t-shirt AND the tie.

  6. Pat
    on Jul 10th, 2009
    @ 2:54 am

    Congratulations on being published! I can say I knew you when (about 200 blogs ago!) I liked this recap though. It is kind of like watching West Wing reruns and they do a fast recap before the show starts. Impressive! (By the way, I’m siding with the Evil Spawn!) LOL

  7. Theresa
    on Jul 10th, 2009
    @ 6:22 pm

    Congrats! I hope you keep the same humor you have always had. Your blogs make me chuckle each time I read them.

  8. Dave Sherman
    on Jul 10th, 2009
    @ 9:09 pm


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