It’s the New Blog. Improved? I’ll Let You Decide.

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ppc-newversionIf you are a frequent visitor of this blog, you have probably noticed that it has been redesigned (you are also a person who has way too much free time on your hands and may want to consider a hobby).

After a couple of months of working with cartoonists and web designers, the new and probably not improved blog is ready to go.

Sadly, a fancy new blog design doesn’t make my writing better or my thoughts any more coherent (and yes, that is actually me in the cartoon… well, actually it is a cartoon version of me… which means it’s more handsome).

The blog 1.0 version served me well for over two years, but I felt it was time to give it an updated and cleaner look.

Welcome to The Blog 2.0.

Since it involved technology, I learned a lot going through this process. Being a middle-aged school administrator isn’t as easy as it looks. Computer and website stuff can be confusing to those of us who aren’t 14 years old.

Hiring people to work on this project (I prefer project vs. very small unimportant job) proved to be a challenge. Not angering them proved to be even harder.

Artists. So sensitive when you tell them how to do their jobs.

It’s like they have never been bossed around by someone who doesn’t know what they are talking about before (I bet the cartoon version of me is way nicer than the real me).

I may still end up in couples counseling with my cartoonist.

But at least he was trustworthy.

When I started looking for a designer, I received estimates from $185 to $3500. Crazy. I had no idea what it should cost. Even worse, I had no clue who I could trust.

Luckily, I found an ex-Marine who went to art school (and ladies… you thought all the good ones were gone).

Paying for the redesign was probably not the brightest thing to do. Especially, when you consider how much revenue this blog and the website produce.

Counting a very successful last quarter, I have officially taken in zero dollars.

This does not make my cheap wife happy (and by cheap I mean frugal… and yes, that is her in the snazzy cartoon pants suit… and yes, she is too good for me in real life and cartoon life).

I have invested over two years in this website/blog and it has given me nothing. Not a dime. Nada. Zip. Zilch. Not even so much as a thank you.

My daughter has made more money on her birthday. And at Christmas. And Easter. And Groundhog’s Day. And generally, any time a grandparent is within 5 miles (and of course, that is her in the cartoon… and our soon to be new family pet… Buddy).

I shouldn’t complain because I did get a free shirt once. And who doesn’t love a free shirt (and if you want to send one, please click on the new contact tab for ways to get in touch with me).

The point of the blog/website was never to make money. It was to provide resources to school administrators.

I think it has accomplished that. At least once or twice.

So money isn’t everything.

Plus, if I get into a financial jam I can always sell that free shirt for at least $11. At least I have that going for me.

But back to the redesign. The blog has outgrown me.

In the beginning, I had no idea people would read it. Or comment on it. Or quote it.

If I had known this, I don’t think I would have been brave (or foolish) enough to write it.

It has now grown to the point where I feel like I’m its caretaker. And because of this, I felt obligated to update it and keep it current.

So here it is.

The brand new PrincipalsPage the Blog.

Thanks for visiting and please let me know what you like, or don’t like about the new design. You can be honest, just don’t be mean. Because if you’re mean, I probably won’t be allowed to play with you anymore.

A side note… sorry ladies… blog designer says he is taken and has been for 14 wonderful years and has two strapping young boys to show for it.

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7 Responses to “It’s the New Blog. Improved? I’ll Let You Decide.”

  1. Sherry Crofut
    on Mar 26th, 2009
    @ 5:01 am

    I like the new design and the cartoons are awesome! I started reading when I started doing my principal internship and even though I have decided that I NEVER want to be an administrator, I am hooked. Thanks for putting your thoughts out there for us.

  2. AllanahK
    on Mar 26th, 2009
    @ 5:26 am

    For what it’s worth from the far side of the globe- I like it. Visual appeal, action figures, a puppy. What more could a blog want- apart from dosh (Dosh is a Kiwi word for dollars!).

    Build it and they will come. Your investment was worth every cent- you would have only frittered it away on food and rent if you had kept it anyway.

    Pay the guy and keep the global economy from recession.


  3. Jackie Ballarini
    on Mar 26th, 2009
    @ 7:09 am

    I like it.

    One question: as your daughter grows up, will you update the cartoon or will she forever stay seven?

    Michael Smith Reply:

    The pictures are seperate items, so there are actually 3. I will be able to update her as she grows up.

    I on the other hand, will never age. Forever stuck in cartoon purgatory.

  4. Diane
    on Mar 27th, 2009
    @ 4:45 am

    Very nice. Clean and crisp.

    Are those resumes I see in your in box?

  5. Lori Sheldon
    on Mar 28th, 2009
    @ 5:17 am

    I LOVE your redesign!!!!

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