I waded off into the blogosphere in the spring of 2015. That was now more than 1,300 posts ago and at an average of about 500 words per post, more than 600,000 words.
Or, since Google tells me that the average book is 100,000 words, six books ago. No wonder I feel plum tuckered out at times.
Since I am totally out of my realm when it comes to today’s technology (as attested to by my old flip phone), I would never have made it without the help of Deb Geiger of Spanish Fort, who calls her business Content Fresh. All I can do is put words on my computer screen. She’s the one who manages the site, sets up the occasional survey, posts pictures from time to time and answers my questions. (If any one reading this is looking for help she might provide, drop me a note and I’ll be glad to put you in touch with her. firstname.lastname@example.org)
It’s been quite a ride, both literally and figuratively. My old car has covered thousands and thousands of miles from one end of Alabama to the other going to meetings, visiting schools and classrooms, sitting in on school board meetings, making presentations, etc. I’ve made some wonderful friends and every day realize that education in this state would be far better off if we paide more attention to teachers and principals and a lot less attention to politicians and folks with big titles and big egos.
It has definitely been a journey filled with frustration, which no doubt comes across often in some posts. I am constantly baffled at the unwillingness of those who envision themselves as “leaders” to stand up and be counted when public schools are under attack. I’ve learned that just because someone says, “I’m doing it for the kids,” does not mean it is true. Way too many decisions are made that are guided more by self-preservation than anything more altruistic.
Of course, none of this would be possible without the faithfulness of hundreds of folks who come to this site every day. The fact that I get more than 200,000 views annually blows me away. Granted, that does not mean that 200,000 different people visit, still I am overwhelmed.
And because I am who I am, I did some homework before writing this. The single most read post was this one, posted on August 11, 2016, the day Mike Sentance was chosen as state superintendent. It got 30,000 views. It was the first of many I wrote about him. His selection was the most illogical thing I’ve ever seen a group of adults do and this episode is still not over because former state school board member Mary Scott Hunter still awaits going to court about her role in what transpired.
Number two on the “hit” parade belongs to this one. Published on November 2, 2016, it got more than 12,000 views. This was when Governor Robert Bentley earned the total disdain of every educator in the state by declaring that “education sucks.”
While probably at least 90 percent of what I write about deals with our public schools, from time to time I stray and write about Auburn football, the passing of a favorite entertainer such as B. B. King, Etta James and Billy Joe Royal and memories that pop into my mind. (Which I consider to be OK since it is my blog, I am my own boss and I pay my own bills.)
How much longer will I keep on keeping on? That is something I ponder all the time as I think about hitting the road to explore places I’ve never seen or visit long time friends without feeling an obligation to fill another empty page. But for now, I guess I will keep on writing and hope that you will keep on reading. However, I have promised myself to take more time for myself.
Of course, I am always looking for good stories. In spite of what some want us to believe, our schools are full of them. If you know of one, don’t hesitate to share it with me. email@example.com
And again, from the bottom of my heart, thanks for stopping by.