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The Year in Stats & Spam

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My spam folder gives me a good giggle. I love it because it protects me from annoying advertisers hawking all kinds of crazy gobbledy-gook.

Until recently, I just deleted everything in my spam folder. But then I got the idea that it would be fun to really examine it and point people back to old posts that they may have missed over the last view months.

First let’s talk about some of my wonderful guests.

Each Wednesday since mid-August, I have been blessed to have wonderful bloggers write about their favorite (or not so favorite) teacher memories for #TWITS — my acronym for “Teachers Who I Think Scored” or “Teachers Who I Think Sucked.”

The guest blogger who earned the most views (and the most comments) — was Tamara Lunardo with “Those Who Can’t Teach.” If you missed it the first time, it’s never too late.

In fact, if you are new to my place, just click Giddy About Guest Posts, and you can read every post in the series. And once someone guest posts for me, he or she wins a place on my blogroll.

Mary Mollica wrote about how she was inspired to create art by her high school art teacher who taught her that her work was “Not To Be Trashed.”

Hey Charlsie, I am a result successful by myself found out the following, too! 😉

Chase McFadden wrote “I Got Lucky” for landing in Mrs. Watne’s class, and some dumb phone accused him of having “tremendous issues.” Stoopid Android. What does he know? He wasn’t even born when Chase was in high school.

Paul Waters wrote “The Good, the Bad & the Naughtyand made us guess which teacher was whom.

I have no idea what this means, but I’m guessing these are sites for adults, if you know what I mean. (IYKWIM)

If you’ll allow me to be a little braggy for a moment, I authored a few posts in 2011 of which I am particularly proud. I was Freshly Pressed with the post “Monkey Has Left the Building” and saw over 7,000 hits to my blog in a 4 day period!

I am proud of my post “No More Bad Hair Days” because I think I have become a more grateful person over the last year as I have come to focus on the many blessings in my life. I got this in my spam folder.

I have no idea about the “effects of allerga of the taxonomic mass” but I am grateful I do not have “rational penas canine” or a “diseased lung.” Wowza.

Two posts inadvertently went together. I wrote a letter “To The Student Who Withdrew Himself” late in the semester, and I apparently ended someone’s four-day hunt. Who knew?

Then I received “A Surprise Response” in the form of a letter from a former student which made my day. And then I got this:

Yup. Porn-spam. And now I will probably get it all the time, whether I want it or not. IYKWIM.

Finally, I’m so glad I was able to write “How Could We Have Known.” It was the first time that Tech Support allowed me to use his image on my blog, but he let me do it because I wanted to enter a contest sponsored by Galit Breen of These Little Waves and Alison at Mama Wants This. And I won! As soon as the New Year rolls around I will contact the folks as Canvas Press and claim my 16″ x 20″ canvas print.

I am proud of two scary-honest guest posts that I did. The first was Annual Kite Drowning Day,” and I’m grateful that Deb Bryan was able to provide a home for that one at The Monster in Your Closet. My other hard post to write was for Kelly K’s blog I Survived The Mean Girls because I had to admit that “I was a Mean Girl, Sometimes.

Interestingly enough, the post that people seem to consistently read the most is a post that I wrote a really long time ago. See if you can figure out what it is about:

Clearly, it’s about love.

No, it’s about my 100% completely irrationalFear of Lice.”

But I think most teachers live with this fear.


Thanks to all of you for reading and leaving your comments.

May you all have a happy and lice-free healthy New Year.

I will continue to be inspired your words and do my best to bring you fresh writing in 2012.