Friday, May 8, 2009

Unfocused Friday

As noted by Tracy in "The Mexican Express" comments, Murphblog now has twenty-five followers. I have no idea how this happened. I'd like to think it is the result of intense and creative efforts by the underutilized Murphblog marketing team. They tell me that this spike in Followership is the fruits of their tireless labor. There was the free chip clip with proof of Followership, the zero percent financing, a direct mailing campaign, that donkey hoof promotion, and of course, who could ever forget the deluge of spam? But I don't believe them. Marketing people are notorious liars.

Nope, I think the explanation is far simpler. Dumb luck.

Well, dumb luck or ingenius marketing, thanks to Followers Sarah, Angie, Tina, and Betty for giving me the very pleasing number of 25. (Betty's reading The Order of Odd-Fish. I sell books too, Anita. Just not as many.)

And now, today's totally useless content...

School Story:

Our second grade classrooms tour places around town in an attempt to teach the chiddlers about their community. I work in the county seat, so one building they visited was the courthouse. As Mrs. H's class entered a courtroom last week, one child blurted out, "Hey Grandma! Hey Uncle Ron!"

Let's just say Grandma and Uncle Ron do not work at the courthouse.


Like all bloggers, I have tracking software than enables me to see how people have arrived at Murphblog. One person today googled "Mike Murphy Mother What I Meant To Say Poem." I do not know the poem, but I imagine it's a rather sappy affair that only finds the light of day at this time every year. I wish I could have been there to see the look on the guy's face when, excited that he found what he was looking for and already imagining the tears it would bring to his grateful mother's eyes, he clicked on my blog and was confronted with runny poo.

Runny poo strikes again!


Betty (Beth) said...

Thanks for the mention! I was very pleased to be Follower 22 (my favorite number). :-)

As for Odd-Fish, I just finished reading it over my lunch break today, and it was divine! I'm already planning on passing it on, so that other people can laugh out loud and look crazy!

Also I'm pretty sure "Runny Poo" would make an excellent Mother's Day poem. You should probably contact Hallmark. ;-)

Sarah Dooley said...

Oh, dear. That reminds me of the time one of my students told me her dad was better at math than her mom, so she would wait and have him check her homework ... in six months to a year.

Debra Lynn Lazar said...

Paul, I hope you're done with the icky stuff. Second-graders are a trip, although I much prefer them to middle-schoolers. To me, teaching middle school is as unfathomable as flying a jet plane, doing neurosurgery, or hunting with Dick Cheney.;-)

katie k said...

It's only 2 days since I cleaned blog house to remove many of the "blogs I follow" distractions. Now Tracy has thrown down the gauntlet and of course I couldn't resist!
Hi Paul, number #26 at your readership :-) Before I became #26 I was satisfied with visiting via Anita's blog from time to time but now I look more permanent.

NB As I also have a thing about certain numbers I won't be offended if you feel the need to downsize to 25 again. Yesterday's poem leads me to suspect you wish we could all have remained "number two"s no matter when we started following.

Unknown said...

jambuku, I am honored. Sorry, Tracy. If I knew how to rearrange the Follower pictures, I would.

Myra McEntire said...

I posted a link to Runny Poo on my blog today, and find it necessary to share that at the SCBWI conference last fall our guest speaker was THE Mr. Bruce Coville. He said if you want to draw kids to your work you should use words like fart, poo and booger as often as possible.

Just to clarify. I mean, he IS Bruce Coville.

SAH said...

Hi! I googled and found you. Thanks for reading my book.

Unknown said...

No problem, SAH. I like reading. It's one of many sedentary activities I find enjoyable. Thanks for providing the material.

Thanks also for deciding to follow Murphblog. You will be happy to know that it comes with complimentary gift wrapping.

Kelly Polark said...

Oh, my. I love how the poor kid was so excited to see his family at the courthouse!
Man, I've been bumped off the photo grid! Tracy too! How could this happen to some of your first loyal followers?!