A Shrewdness of Apes

An Okie teacher banished to the Midwest. "Education is not the filling a bucket but the lighting of a fire."-- William Butler Yeats

Friday, July 28, 2006

A Year in the 'Sphere

Today is the one year anniversary of this blog.

This week also marked the 50,000th visitor to this blog since I signed up with Site-meter. Two hundred and fifty-six posts later, and I still haven't shut up.

Who would ever have thought that a blog which started off talking about failure would manage to stumble along for a year?

You have comforted me during a long dark night of the soul, and you have made me laugh out loud more times than I can count. Snorted, even.

This has been such a blessing, carving out my little homestead in the Edusphere. We’ve laughed. We’ve cried. We’ve grumped and snarked and tossed around movie quotes like there’s no tomorrow. “Oh yeah? What if there is no tomorrow? There wasn’t one today!”

Most of all, you have reminded me of why I am a teacher: I love the flow of ideas, and I have been able through this medium to share ideas with people all over the country, and all over the world. You have helped me think long and hard about what I do and why I do it. And I've gotten to write again.

Thanks for being here, and thanks for reading my faltering words.

Peace. Love. Namaste. God bless.

23 Comments:

At 7/28/06, 1:28 AM, Blogger Mamacita said...

Congratulations, and thank you for sharing your ideas with us. I read your blog daily.

 
At 7/28/06, 1:40 AM, Blogger DCS said...

Congrats!! You have a fabulous blog. May you celebrate many anniversaries.

 
At 7/28/06, 6:16 AM, Blogger Dennis Fermoyle said...

Congratulations, Ms. Cornelius. I think you've got a slightly different emphasis in your philosophy than I do, but I love reading what you have to say. And 50,000 visitors! Holy Moley!!! Could you please give me some lessons?

 
At 7/28/06, 6:25 AM, Blogger mr. e said...

Congratulations on your first anniversary and I hope there is many more. I always enjoy your blog all of your 50,000 visitors are well earned.

 
At 7/28/06, 7:45 AM, Blogger elementaryhistoryteacher said...

Happy 50,000! I'm just so happy with my measly 5,000....

I may not get to you daily, but you are one of those that I read without fail as I go through my list.

Thanks for all of the support you have given my site since January.

Go have some dinner and celebrate!

 
At 7/28/06, 8:04 AM, Blogger CaliforniaTeacherGuy said...

In honor of your Jahrzeit, this literary quote:

I have thus played the sedulous ape to Hazlitt, to Lamb, to Wordsworth, to Sir Thomas Browne, to Defoe, to Hawthorne, to Montaigne, to Baudelaire and to Obermann. (Robert Louis Stevenson, Memories and Portraits, 1887)

Congratulations!

 
At 7/28/06, 10:14 AM, Blogger "Ms. Cornelius" said...

Thanks everyone. I mean it.

And teacherguy, that quote-- I may have to steal it!

 
At 7/28/06, 10:26 AM, Blogger The Rain said...

And you deserve each and every nice comment and hit on the site, because you're swell!

Congratulations!

 
At 7/28/06, 11:20 AM, Anonymous MellowOut said...

"My mother thanks you. My father thanks you. My sister thanks you. And I thank you."

Happy anniversary!

 
At 7/28/06, 11:30 AM, Anonymous Mrs. Bog said...

All good tidings upon you!

 
At 7/28/06, 12:03 PM, Blogger Polski3 said...

Congratulations on one GREAT year, the first of many!

 
At 7/28/06, 12:14 PM, Anonymous bernadette said...

Well-deserved congratulations!

I read your comment at Mamacita's place regarding the sequel to "Cheaper by the Dozen". I was appalled, too, not only because my name is Bonnie and I'm the mother of 11 children, but because I love the Gilbreth books so much.

You have a marvelously entertaining blog here!

 
At 7/28/06, 6:43 PM, Blogger graycie said...

You write well -- with wisdom and heart and insight. We're lucky to have you.

 
At 7/28/06, 9:17 PM, Anonymous Scott Elliott said...

I can't believe our blog anniversaries are a week apart! Your seems so polished I was sure you'd been out here for ever. Congrats to one of my favorite teacher blogs! Keep up the good work.

 
At 7/29/06, 9:32 AM, Blogger Janet said...

Congrats! It's weird how my first and even second anniversary came and went and I didnt properly acknowledge it:( I think that's because I'm a bit of a born again blogger. I had started, then stopped and never looked back since!:)

 
At 7/29/06, 1:12 PM, Blogger Mister Teacher said...

Wow -- 50,000 visitors in one year?!!?? That's incredible!
Congratulations on one year of an excellently written and entertaining blog!

 
At 7/29/06, 6:56 PM, Blogger GuusjeM said...

Happy First Blog-versariey!

 
At 7/29/06, 6:58 PM, Blogger NYC Educator said...

Congratualtions. I await reading your next year's blog, as do the rest of us pinko teachers out here.

 
At 7/30/06, 11:23 AM, Blogger Fred said...

Happy blogoversary, Ms. Cornelius. You're one of my favorites!

 
At 7/30/06, 1:01 PM, Blogger feldmom said...

I just started my blog this week. It was encouraging to see you have been at it for a year. And, I was pleased to see that what started out as something less than positive has turned into such great support for a you. I believe teachers are really in education because we believe in our abilities to help our students grow. The frustrations are there but so are the wonderful moments that non-teachers will never know or understand.

 
At 7/30/06, 7:25 PM, Blogger Ms. George said...

Happy belated anniversary blog!
Blessings on the next year...

 
At 7/30/06, 9:01 PM, Blogger 40 said...

Congrats and I hope you keep on blogging. Great stuff.

 
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