What’s Going On at The School Administrator Magazine?

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Just when you thought the world couldn’t get any more mixed-up.

In fact, you may want to glance out your window and make sure it’s not raining cats and dogs (you can rest assured, Buddy the Dog won’t be involved… because that would require a little thing I like to call “effort”…)

My friends at The School Administrator have once again allowed PrincipalsPage.com into their magazine (this completes the PrincipalsPage Trilogy… first 2 times… the April and August 2008 editions… and yet, they have allowed me back).

This time I’m not just in the magazine once. There are 3 seperate mentions in the August 2009 edition.

The cover article (not about me… but one day… mark my word) written by Dr. Mark J. Stock of the University of Wyoming talks about the importance of Superintendents blogging.

He seems to have this crazy idea that a blog can be used as some sort of effective communication tool (maybe, but not here).

He mentions the PrincipalsPage.com Blog (appearance #1) and later lists it again under a section titled “Superintendents’ Blogs Worth Checking” (appearance #2).

At this point, even I was thinking… “What’s this guy doing to his career?”

On top of this, the August edition of The School Administrator also runs a Guest Column that I wrote… “Wrought With Danger: Being a Superintendent is Scary.” (appearance #3, for those of you counting at home).

That’s right.

Not one, not two, but…

…three PrincipalsPage.com Blog references in one magazine.

It’s a new record.

Actually it smashes the old record of one (which I was thrilled with by the way).

I know what you’re thinking. I should enjoy this while it lasts because records are made to be broken.

Sure, right about now there is some snot-nosed young blogger typing away (no doubt in his mother’s basement) in the hopes of getting 4 mentions of their blog in one magazine.

It may happen, but I can assure you I’m not going away quietly.

So until that blog punk wrestles this “record” away from cold dead hands, I think I should take a moment to reflect on what has just happened.

This experience has made 2 things painfully obvious to me.

One, I owe everyone at The School Administrator and Dr. Mark J. Stock a big thank you.

So, thank you.

Secondly, I have a bad feeling that the circulation numbers of The School Administrator may go way down after people read the August edition.

If so, I’m sorry.

If I’m wrong (which happens each day like clockwork) and readership goes up… I will be anticipating the 4 mentions of PrincipalsPage.com in the October magazine.

All joking aside, it is quite an honor to be in the magazine and it’s greatly appreciated. Here is the online link to the articles… The School Administrator.

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6 Responses to “What’s Going On at The School Administrator Magazine?”


  1. koolkat222
    on Jul 30th, 2009
    @ 5:39 pm

    Congratulations, excellent job! I really enjoy your blog. I’m glad it’s mentioned THREE times in The School Administrator Magazine because a lot of those in admin. tend to lose their sense of humor. Maybe reading your blog will help them see the lighter side of things

    I would love to work with an administrator like you. It’s a reminder that educators can be effective and still have fun.


  2. Dave Sherman
    on Jul 30th, 2009
    @ 6:44 pm

    Nicely done. The School Administrator is a well-written journal. I was fortunate to have an article published in the March 2008 edition (p. 48 – shameless plug!!).

    I think the topic for this current edition is a very timely one. I have been trying to get my superintendent to start blogging, but to no avail so far. I even purchased Mark Stock’s book for her to read (I was not just sucking up, I really want her to start blogging as a model for others). I am not sure if this is because she thinks she does not have enough time to blog or because she is worried about offending people or she is worried about stirring up some hornet’s nest. That is why she should read Dr. Stock’s book. He explains how important it is for superintendents to stay ahead of the community through blogging before they start blogging about you.

    I have been reading your blog for a long time, and most, if not all, of what you write is tongue-in-cheek, which I enjoy. However, how does this play with your school community? Do you write something separate for them that has more information regarding specific issues taking place in the schools?


  3. Sarah H.
    on Jul 31st, 2009
    @ 3:58 pm

    All I can say is WOW!! You need to remember your early followers when you become rich and famous!


  4. Pat
    on Aug 1st, 2009
    @ 4:00 am

    Congratulations! I feel like I know a celebrity! Someday I hope to get your autograph. I hope the article states that it isn’t just the blogging that is important but the blog should be reader friendly (hopefully a lot like yours). Let’s face it, if some administrators write like they talk – readers would fall asleep while reading. They need to make sure they add a little humor in with great information otherwise it would be just like reading a report. Maybe you could give lessons on how to write a great blog!


  5. Penny
    on Aug 29th, 2009
    @ 7:31 pm

    Great blog and website. I hope it’s okay if I link back to PrincipalsPage.com from my site.

    Michael Smith Reply:

    @Penny, Yes, Yes, Yes… I’m a big fan of the link.

    Thanks.

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