The Secret to Life, Blogging, and Everything Else.

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Just Blog.

Just Blog.

You may have noticed something about this blog.

The title is no longer in all caps. I have been told that some newspapers won’t pick up my blog because they consider a title in all caps to mean that I am shouting.


This does bring up a question. Are there still newspapers? (I guess I don’t have to worry about them running this blog)

Like most people, I am a creature of habit. I like my routine. This explains why my blog titles are always in caps.

When I wrote the first blog, I put the title in all caps. So I have done that with all of them.

If it doesn’t make sense to you, it does to me. It may even seem weird that I have to type each blog in the same font on the same computer, but this also makes sense to me (by the way… it is Tahoma 12 on my Lenovo ThinkPad which is named Larry).

My need for a routine made a career in education the obvious choice. I love the fact that the bell rings at the same time every day. The world in which we live is a little chaotic. There isn’t a lot that you can count on these days(in case you haven’t noticed). But I know exactly when 1st hour starts and 8th hour ends. I like that.

This blog is the 206th one that I have written. Why is that important? It isn’t.

But if all goes well, this blog will produce my 500th comment (actually the 502nd). And if that isn’t a big deal to you, it is to me.

If I seem overly selfish today, it’s because I am. But it isn’t me, it’s the half bottle of Nyquil that is coursing through my veins (I am so ready for spring).

I have to admit, I didn’t think I would ever get over 500 comments. And if I am being honest (again, it’s the Nyquil talking), I was stunned when I got 1 comment.

When you write a blog, there isn’t a lot of feedback. While your statistics page may show that hundreds or even thousands of people click on your blog, you are never convinced that actual humans are reading it.

Until you get a comment.

I will always be grateful to Anonymous because he/she left the very first comment on my 2nd blog THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT (actually, this one could be considered shouting).

How he/she found the blog, I will never know.

I am assuming this person is lonely and owns 14 cats, but that is just a guess on my part.

But I’m glad he/she found the blog (even if too gutless to leave their real name… although I can’t really blame them for not wanting to be associated with it).

I think it is easier for people to comment now. After 207 entries (one guest post), the Blog can be termed a success. Actually, success may be too strong of a word.

To me, success implies that I might have made money. I can assure you (and the IRS) that I haven’t.

If it isn’t successful, I am not sure what to call it. It isn’t always funny, or entertaining, or thought provoking.

Part of the time it isn’t even about education.

But it is certainly something.

I’ve got it. It’s consistent.

Since July of 2007, I have written 2.48 blogs per week. The first 2 come pretty easily, but the .48 continues to be a challenge (if you aren’t a math teacher that is 11 per month).

Plus, my typing skills have improved dramatically (mainly because my wordiness has caused me to type 869,740 characters… which oddly is about the same number of visitors I’ve had).

While cranking these blogs out, I think I have stumbled on to the key to success. And it doesn’t involve money.

It’s showing up.

Every day. Every week. Every month. Every year.

In the case of this blog, 2.48 times a week.

Too many people can’t seem to master this simple task.

As kids they have a hard time making it to school, or practice, or to a club meeting. Then they go off to college and can’t get out of bed to make it to class.

Soon after that, they graduate (or drop out) and become adults who struggle getting to work on time.

And usually, they have a sure fire excuse for this behavior. It’s someone else’s fault.

Sure it is.

So while the blog hasn’t made me famous, or rich, it has given me something more important.

The key to life. Which is the same as the key to blogging. Which is exactly the same key if you want to be successful at anything.

Just show up. And sooner or later people will recognize your efforts.

Even if they are named Anonymous.

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12 Responses to “The Secret to Life, Blogging, and Everything Else.”

  1. Charlie A. Roy
    on Feb 8th, 2009
    @ 1:01 pm

    Well a 500th comment is well deserved. An interesting bit on the lady with 14 cats. Then again owning a cat also means somewhere in your home is a box full of fecal matter and that in and of itself is rather creepy.

  2. kwhobbes
    on Feb 8th, 2009
    @ 1:02 pm

    Just show up! Really! Well, have I been a fool. I not only show up but volunteer to do all types of things, run meetings, do surveys and be the head of committees! For cryin’ out loud, why didn’t you give this advice in your first blog (although it wouldn’t of made sense) but, still, it would have saved me a whole lot of evenings and weekends doing that other stuff when I could have just shown up.
    I congratulate you on the success of your writing and just showing up. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same for myself and my blog but that’s because I’m doing other things, like paperwork and surveys instead of just showing up. Plus, I’m taking time to comment on the blogs of other writers instead of just showing up and reading and then leaving.
    I really do need to work on my “just showing up” skills don’t I? Do you have a self-help page that gives someone like me a 7 step plan to be able to just show up? I’d like that, if you have time.
    Thanks for all your great help.

  3. Scott McLeod
    on Feb 8th, 2009
    @ 1:36 pm

    Keep on blogging. I (and many others) sure enjoy reading you!

    FYI, just to be technically correct, you have one blog with 206 posts. ;)

  4. Tim
    on Feb 8th, 2009
    @ 1:49 pm

    Great, now I feel totally guilty about not showing up every once in awhile. SO I thought I’d show up and make a comment to try and alleviate some of my guilt. (It’s not helping).

    Blog on!!

  5. nbrach
    on Feb 8th, 2009
    @ 6:31 pm

    Took your advice…
    blogged ~ and showed up.

  6. Mark Stock
    on Feb 9th, 2009
    @ 6:15 pm

    When I was a blogging superintendent I once had a day with 71,000 hits on my site and 119 comments before I shut them off.

    That was a day when I thought “showing up” might not have been the best idea!!

    That’s when you learn quickly that no good ever comes with leaving the comment feature turned on when it’s snowing like mad and you didn’t cancel school!!!

    The Stock Mark Report

  7. Dane Lowry
    on Feb 9th, 2009
    @ 9:10 pm


    I am a new follower to your blog. I stumbled upon your page through the development of my PLN, using twitter. Being a fellow admin, I enjoy reading your posts. At the very least I am reminded that we all go through some of the same trials and tribulations and hopefully successes and celebrations. At times this position can feel isolating, and it can become easy to be stuck with in your own head replaying moments throughout your day. That being said I really do relate to you thoughts about just showing up, this is what is needed if we are going to help provide opportunites for our students each and everyday. I guess this is somewhat similar to the Kinsella idea of “if you build it they will come”.

    Thanks, keep writing.

  8. hall monitor
    on Feb 9th, 2009
    @ 9:57 pm

    As long as you don’t appear on, you’re doing something right.

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