What Kind of Crazed Spouse Tells Her Husband He Needs to Blog More?


Seriously?Blog More?

I mow.

I wash the towels and sheets.

I stay out of the kitchen and play Twitter until dinner is ready.

I am so doing my part.

And this is the thanks I get.

What?

I can live with ~ get a real job, pick your underwear up out of the yard, or take Buddy the Dog for a walk so he’s less fat.

But, blog more?

Who does she think she is?

My boss?

I don’t think so.

But just in case she is my boss.

Here’s a blog.

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Where Have I Been?


I can tell you this, I haven’t been blogging.Buddy the Dog.

Why?

I was hacked.  Not mad, hacked.

As in my blog was hacked (I think you probably get it by now).

Fixing something like this took me longer than I imagined.

So, since January 21, I haven’t written a thing.  Other than about a bazillion Twitter tweets.

And I launched my own website at www.michaelsmithsupt.com.

And lucky for me, school seems to keep me busy.

The break from blogging was good.  I must admit, not having to come up with the next topic has been kind of nice.

Although, I have felt a little guitly.  I never wanted to become the person who just stops blogging without an explanation.

So during my time off I’ve tried to stay productive.  I’ve updated the cartoon on the blog (actually, I have people for this). 

The Evil Spawn and Buddy the Dog continue to grow up right before my eyes.

Weirdly, my wife and I never age.  Not sure how that works, but I know if you pay your cartoon guy enough everything seems to fall into place.

So I’m back.  Hopefully, with interesting stories about my school year, family, and soon the highlights of my trip to Washington D.C. (Thank you Discovery Education).

I do appreciate all of the people who continued to check in and read the blog even without anything new.

I question your taste in blogs, but I do thank you.

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Two Full-Time Jobs is Two Too Many.


For the last month or so, I have been largely absent from this blog (sure I’ve posted the occassional video that interested me or made me laugh until I nearly wet myself).It's a Delicate Balance.

I’ve gotten a few emails asking why.

Well, at my age you get to laughing really hard and before you know it you’ve accidently….

Oh, you were wondering why I haven’t blogged more.

My bad.

There are a couple of possible reasons.

One is I always promised myself when I ran out of things to say and I started to struggle with what to write, I would stop immediately and blow the blog up.

That day is not yet here.  But I hope it’s soon because I do enjoy an explosion.

The real reason I haven’t been around is I’ve been a bunch of other places.

School.  Home.  Game.  School.  Home.  Game.  School.  Home.  Game.

You’ll notice I didn’t mention sleep.

In the world of school administration, late July and early August are busy.

Really busy.

This has been compounded by the world of Teenage Evil Spawn (I miss carefree Little Girl Evil Spawn… although I was not a huge fan of Baby Evil Spawn).

Her world is busy.  Really busy.

When she was born, I don’t recall the doctor telling us how incredibly time-consuming and expensive her existence would become after the age of 10.

Actually, the only thing I remember the doctor saying is "Don’t worry, she won’t break."

So far, so good but there have been a couple of close calls where she cracked.

What I have learned as a parent is children require a lot of attention

Games, clubs, events, church, parties, school, 4-H, friends, sleepovers, movies, camps…. the list could go on and on.

Basically, my role in all this is to be there.  Or get her where she needs to be.

I’m like Secret Service without the ability to talk into my wrist.

My parent job isn’t brain surgery, but it does cut into my "Me" time (and it is all about me…).

All of this doesn’t sound too taxing, but it does eat up time like nobody’s business (actually it’s my business and it used to be my time).

This coupled with my day job as a school superintendent, has forced me to put the blog on the back burner this summer.

But like most years, summer is winding down so I’m sure my schedule will slow down.

I’m not sure what this says about our society when I know my schedule will be easier once my full-time job picks up again and I’m working 60 hour weeks.

But I sure am looking forward to it!

Have a good school year.

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700 Subscribers.


It’s official.That's a Lot of People.

The PrincipalsPage.com Blog now has 700 subscribers.

This, along with close to 600,000 visitors and a 800,000 pageviews since April of 2009, makes me realize I’ve disappointed a lot of people in that time.

I’m sorry.

And thank you.

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You Are Weirding Me Out.


This happens more and more often.Weird.  Really weird.

Okay.  From time to time.

Alright.  It happened once.

I was standing by myself.  Minding my own business.

I was attempting to avoid any interaction with society.

As usual, I was avoiding any and all forms of human contact.

And then it happened.

Someone mentioned a blog I’d written.

Like I’ve actually read them.

It’s weird.

Kind of like the feeling you get if you accidently put on someone else’s underwear (awkward!)

Or instead of using toothpaste, you accidently grab a tube of Preparation H.

Or sharing a bathroom (think about it… it’s unnatural).

Or like when you go outside to get the mail only to realize you’ve forgotten pants (these examples are hypothetical… as far as you know).

It’s not right.

When I post a blog, I believe I have every right to think no one ever reads them.

I am pretty sure this is in the Constitution (note to self… Google Constitution/Blogs).

I don’t want to seem ungrateful, so it’s important you know I don’t really mind being asked about this blog.

But you have to understand something…

I don’t read what I’ve written

Never have.  Never will.

So when questioned, I could give a thoughtful answer about how I had carefully considered and researched the issue about which I had written. But that would be a lie.

Truth is, I probably slopped something down (like I am doing right now) and never gave it a second thought.

Or sadly, a first thought.

So if you have questions, fire away.

But I can’t promise I have any idea what you are talking about.

Because I barely have any idea what I was talking about.

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A Blog Turned Into a Bulletin Board.


Who knew?Image

A PrincipalsPage Blog may actually help students.

I’m shocked.

And excited.

You can find this bulletin board in Sycamore, Illinois. It’s a grade 6-8 building in Northern Illinois with 853 students.

Where did they get the idea? Click HERE.

I will gladly take credit for the blog, but I must admit the picture isn’t mine.

But I’m still very happy.

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Most Popular Posts of 2011.


Another year is over.

For me, this means one thing.

The easiest blog of the year.

So here are the most popular PrincipalsPage.com Blogs (posts… whatever) based on comments from 2011.

Thank you for taking the time to visit.

I’m amazed at the number of people who continue to come back. Over 186,000 visits during the calendar year.

Readers were kind enough to stomach their way through 256,000 pages of questionable blog content.

A special thanks to everyone who took the time to leave a comment. I continue learn far more from you than you do me.

It’s been a great year.

Enjoy.

January – How to Get a Snow Day in 4 Easy Steps. (15 comments)

February – Who Wants a FREE Copy of Waiting for Superman. (66 comments).

March – Bullying Victim or Hero. Thoughts?  (35 comments)

April – School Administrators Need to Limit Access. Huh? (13 comments)

May – Are Teachers So Dry They Need Buckets of Lotion? (16 comments)

June – How Do You Hide in Plain Sight. and New Principals: If You Read Only One Blog, Make It This One. (9 comments each… slow month)

July – Goodbye Cursive. (12 Comments)

August – Hiring a Teacher to a 35 Year Contract Makes Me Nervous. (26 comments)

September – After Hiring Comes Firing. (16 comments)

October – Evidently, Delivering Undergarments to Your Daughter in Her 5th Grade Classroom is Frowned Upon. (9 comments)

November – The Secret to Being a Great Principal. (11 comments)

December – TV Show Idea: Road School. (7 comments… it’s early)

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Why Are You Reading This Blog During Christmas Break?


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Get a life people.

Most of you probably have a few days off, and you shouldn’t be wasting your precious time on this drivel.

We all spend way too much time mindlessly staring at our computers and looking at the same websites over and over.

Trust me, what was on ESPN.com 2 minutes ago is still there (I just checked).

What’s sad is this blog has an extremely large amount of visitors every Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

How pathetic it that?

I feel somewhat responsible for the dumbing down of America.

So, if you are reading this blog, I have some suggestions.

 

1.  If you are enjoy reading a blog about school administration (boring), save it for when you’re back at work and need to waste time.

2.  Read an iPad (books are so yesterday).

3.  Talk to your family.  Or if you don’t care for your family, talk to someone else’s.

4.  Sleep (from the picture you can see Buddy the Dog has taken my advice on this one).

5.  Go to the movies.  Tom Cruise needs the money and we all need $12 nachos.

6.  Take a walk because in about one week we will all come to the conclusion we’re fat (in retrospect, lay off the nachos and invest the $12).

7.  Write your own blog (this would take some of the pressure off me and also give me something to read at work).

8.  Pick up trash (this just seems like the right thing to do).

9.  Clean out the junk drawer you know we all have.  As an added bonus, you will no doubt find the 47 batteries you are about to need on Christmas morning.  Plus, this will save you a trip to the gas station in your pajamas.

10.  Go shopping and get your spouse a very special Christmas gift.  They will not only love it, but will owe you for all of 2012 (I’m personally counting on this one).

 

Merry Christmas.  If you need me I will chasing the Evil Spawn down the side of a mountain (skiing).

I look forward to starting the new year on crutches.

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Why Has This Blog Been on Vacation? Ask My Computer.


This is one of those blogs only I care about (but this works out well because it is my blog).

Let’s just get this out in the open.

No need to sugarcoat things.

We‘re big boys and girls after all. (if you are under 18 and reading this… get a life).

I can no longer coexist under the present circumstances in which I am forced to live.

Sure, I can put on a happy face.broken-laptop1

I can act like everything is okay.

In fact, I don’t mind saying I feel some pressure to do just that.

Pretend like things are great.  Pretend like things are wonderful.

Act like we are the happiest couple in town.

Well, we’re not.

And I’m tired of living a lie.

Sorry, you had to read it here but you’ll eventually get over it.

After the tears.

And the sleepless nights.

And of course, the self-loathing.

All stages I’ve had to work through.

Well, here it is.

I hate my computer.

Hate it.  Hate it.  Hate it.

I know you aren’t supposed to hate things (except for Hitler, door-to-door salesmen,  stubbing your toes, people who tailgate you on the interstate, and diarrhea).

Well, I hate my computer.

And all of those things listed above (especially the last one… which is incredibly funny if someone else has it).

My whole life is on my computer and yet it fails me at every turn.

Have a big report due?  Computer isn’t working.

Leave the computer on the bed for 2 short days and what happens?  Buddy the Dog eats the N and the M keys.

Have a PowerPoint presentation to give to 200 people?  Computer ate it.

Need to write another low-level mindless blog?  Computer won’t hook up to the internet.

I’m in the habit of writing(?) a bad blog every 3 days.  If I don’t, I get jumpy.

And you don’t want to see me jumpy.

Now, you might be asking yourself, why do I need the internet to write a mildly amusing (only to me) blog?

I don’t.

I just like to check out www.espn.com a couple thousand times instead of doing something productive (by the way, you’re welcome for the free plug ESPN).

The point is, my computer is only broken when I need it the most.

I don’t like this.

I don’t like it one bit.

My iPad never lets me down.  It always works.

So consider this a warning laptop computer.

You are officially on notice.  Get your crap together, or else I just might start using a Mac.

My love for technology is turning to hate.  Luckily for me, I realize the first step to recovery is admitting I have a problem.

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Superintendent Fired for Blogging.


Time once again to open the PrincipalsPage Mailbag.

This question comes from a reader (as most of them do).

“Before I jump in and start writing, I just want to know if blogging has affected you or your career in any negative way. I am afraid, scared even, that I will start blogging (though I won’t be negative or bash my district or job) and something I said will be used against me and hurt me and my future career?”

Good question.

Now please keep in mind I’m no lawyer.  But I do have a thought (maybe even a coherent one). Get Out!!!

Blogs aren’t felonies.

There is no crime in writing or sharing your opinion.

This is 2011, not 1611 (that’s when you would have been considered a witch for blogging).

Now could you get fired or your career be negatively affected?  Sure.

Especially if you do or write something stupid.

But you could get fired if the majority of the school board doesn’t like your ties (or for the ladies… shoes).

You could get fired for just about anything (some of which may be well-deserved… since I’ve never actually met you).

It could happen.

I could write something so heinous that I lose my job.

Anything could happen.

I could win the lottery (keep a good thought for me).

Buddy the Dog could get off his big beagle behind and do something productive, but that’s probably not going to happen.

The Evil Spawn could make it through her teenage years without rolling her eyes or begging me not to do something embarrassing in front of her friends.

And that’s definitely not happening.

I am so embarrassing her every chance I get (more on that later).

I only have one rule about blogging.

Don’t write anything you wouldn’t say out loud in the middle of a crowded hallway in front of students, teachers, and parents.

If you do that, you probably won’t get fired.

Probably.

Again, I’m no lawyer.

For me, blogging has been a blessing.  It’s given me opportunities I couldn’t have imagined.

I’ve met people and attended conferences where I’ve learned things that have not only helped me, but have also helped my school district.

Blogging has allowed me to get out from behind my desk and escape the four walls of my school building.

It’s made the world a little bit smaller.

And most importantly, I’ve come to love the following 3 words.

All expenses paid (keep those freebies coming!!!).

So my advice:  blog.

Just use good judgment, because people will be watching.

And hopefully reading.

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