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Saturday, May 19, 2007

Calling all lurkers

It's about that time of year when I make an impassioned plea to all of the lurkers out there. Lurkers, you know who you are -- those of you who read but never say anything. While I greatly appreciate your patronage, I just so happen to measure my own self-worth by the quantity of comments I receive in response to posts on my blog.

So I'm asking everyone who reads this blog to take a moment and leave me a comment. Feel free to say anything you like, but if you're having difficulty thinking of something, you are welcome to use the following "generic comment" that I have created for you. Just cut and paste, and add your name to the bottom.

"My dearest Mister Teacher,

You are truly the light of my life. I cannot even begin to consider the option of completing a day without at least one visit to your stunning web site. Your wit, charm, and incredible pectoral muscles send my heart into palpitations of ecstasy every time I read your printed word.

With apologies to Mr. Stevie Wonder, 'I just commented to say I Love You -- and I mean it from the bottom of my heart.'

Sincerely, [your name here]"

That's just a suggestion. Non-lurkers are welcome to comment as always, but you lurkers, now is your chance to come out into the light!!

26 comments:

100farmers said...

You are not the light in my life but are in fact the giggle in my petard. Have a great summer. (Is petard an actual word? I don't care. It sounds great.)

Mister Teacher said...

Wow, I am the laugh in your fart??
Explosive praise, indeed!!

happychyck said...

What Mister Teacher means to say is that the kids are driving him nuts and he needs adult conversation.

Anonymous said...

Hello. I am a third grade teacher from another part of Texas.

You are the #2 in my pencil.

I mean that in the nicest possible way.

:-)

Anonymous said...

So, I've lurked for a year. It has been a pleasure laughing with you every day/few days. Keep it up, dont give in to the system.

e said...

My dearest Mister Teacher,

You are truly the light of my life. I cannot even begin to consider the option of completing a day without at least one visit to your stunning web site. Your wit, charm, and incredible pectoral muscles send my heart into palpitations of ecstasy every time I read your printed word.

With apologies to Mr. Stevie Wonder, 'I just commented to say I Love You -- and I mean it from the bottom of my heart.'

Sincerely, [your name here]

I couldn't resist, but now I'm not sure what to do. Since you wrote this originally, I would think you wanted my name in the signature. But since these are my words now, then I should be putting your name as a signature since it says "your name here". Anyway, I like funny. I should get that book of yours.

Anonymous said...

Funny columns--thanks for sharing.

Turkey-lurky

P.S. Don't you get stats about who visits your site?

P.P.S. You are truly the light of my life. I cannot even begin to consider the option of completing a day without at least one visit to your stunning web site. Your wit, charm, and incredible....etc.
:-)

Mister Teacher said...

Happy-- thanks for clarifying.
Anon 1 -- I follow your lead (led)...
Anon 2 -- thanks for reading!
e -- pick up the book, you'll like it!
Anon 3 -- yeah, I get limited stats, but beyond "Hey, that person from Ireland visited again!" I don't have many details...

CaliforniaTeacherGuy said...

I was going to offer a mild rebuke for your calling a "petard" a "fart." And then I looked at the derivation of the word: It comes from a Middle French word that means "to break wind." Too funny! I'll never again be able to hear the phrase "hoist with his own petard" without seeing someone blowing himself out of his seat with a fart.

"He who farts in church sits in his own pew."

Enough already!

Athena said...

MisterTeacher: I am a first year teacher and your posts validate my reality. Most people wouldn't believe the stories you share. However, teachers know they are true and prove we are not crazy. (Just going there!)

carolyn said...

Well, I'll 'fess up, I'm a lurker. But I have had a pleasant time lurking. I am a HS librarian and I always enjoy reading what's up in other parts of the country. Keep writing and I'll keep reading. And I'll try to lurk less and comment more.

cb said...

I don't know if I've commented here or not but I've been reading your posts for nearly 2 years. It's especially gratifying to read about/with another male teacher in Texas. Thanks for the humor.

redkudu said...

I'm going to one-up anonymous and say:

YOU are the #1 in my #2 pencil.

:D

Lurking...lurking...

Ed U. Cater said...

You are the vomit-soaked test answer sheet in my ziploc baggie.

:-)

Emily said...

I'm the "anoymous" who made the cellphone=$50 comment a little while back. I'm a high school English teacher in Ontario and have only recently discovered your blog, which I LOVE! Keep up the great work, and spare a pitying thought for us Canadian teachers, who must grind on until the end of June...

maddy said...

You make me feel like I'm not alone in a crazy world of hormonal middle schoolers. Some days, you are the only adult (one-sided) conversation I get until 3:15

Evel said...

I feel your pain. [Waves]

Marion said...

Hi Mister teacher,
I've lurked for a while...
I'm a middle school English teacher in France.
I find your blog really funny. And it's great to see what teaching's like in other parts of the world and I feel I'm not alone in the middle of crazy teenagers...

Mike in Texas said...

Dearest Mr. Teacher,

You are the Stucky's on the interstate of my life.

Whoops! That doesn't sound like a compliment does it?

Mister Teacher said...

Wow, to answer Elton John's question, yes I CAN feel the love tonight!
Thanks for all of the responses! Please keep 'em coming!

Artie Ziff said...

How can I sum up my love for your website? I hate it less than blue and more than green. Don't change, unless you change into a dragon. That would be cool.

Kayla said...

Hiya Mister Teacher,
I am only a part time lurker...I do comment occasionally but I check in on a regular basis and look forward to every blog. I hope my comment to reading ratio is acceptable. Keep on blogging!

Once and future French teacher said...

You've got some great lurkers, Mr. T. I am making the move from college prof to teacher of oh, maybe second grade. There are a lot of idiotic hoops in this road I'm on, and the idea of my future students is what keeps me going forward. I frequently borrow yours when I have a hard time imagining my own. They are fantastic and so is their teacher.

Not Bill Nye said...

I've been lurking right down the road, at another DISD elementary school in Pleasant Grove. It's always enlightening to hear of others' travails in our fun-filled little district! Happy end-of-school!

BTW, loved the book.

Mister Teacher said...

Thanks everyone! Oh, and if you liked my book, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do me a favor and put up a review on Amazon and/or barnesandnoble.com! I love all of the word of mouth!

Lsquared said...

Hmmm..I thought. I should post something in reply to this missive, and then I thought, nah--I'll just lurk some more. So this isn't really a message, it just looks like one.