In Case of Emergency — Find Great Bloggers

emergency broadcastingBy Bill Henk – This is a test.  The College of Education is conducting a test of the Emergency Blogging System (EBS).  This is only a test.  If this had been an actual emergency, you would not have gotten a blog post from me this week.

Big deal.  As I’ll go on to explain, that wouldn’t be an emergency at all.

Still, there’s probably little excuse for not being prepared.  I knew this day was coming.  It’s not the first time that I’ve been within a few hours of the deadline for my weekly blog post panicking that I couldn’t deliver.

Almost each of those times, though, I’ve somehow made it to the finish line by rising VERY early, praying for inspiration, having my prayers answered, and working feverishly right up until the bell.  Well, either that, or I “reached into” a small bag of posts I had written beforehand and saved for just such an occasion.   But that bag is officially empty.  So now what?

Fact is, this dilemma is a recurring concern for any dutiful blogger, especially for a dean with a pretty relentless professional schedule who is trying to be a good husband and dad, relative, friend, colleague, neighbor, and local volunteer, too.

The good news for me is that the stress is a LOT less than when we first launched the Marquette Educator.  Back then, I was the only blogger and the expectation was that I’d crank out two hopefully high quality posts every week.  It’s a good thing that the work itself intrigued me and that I ultimately respond well to challenges I care about, or I’d have never made it through that first year.

More importantly, I can relax now because we enjoy a really terrific line-up of regular bloggers.  If I miss a week, and I have, no one even notices.  Although this fact might be bad for my already-swollen ego, it’s definitely good for my mental health.

And for the record, I read every single post — not in advance for quality control, but exactly like our readers, as a consumer of what I regard as really good educational writing.

bloggersSo let me seize this bogus emergency situation to say ‘thank you’ in profuse terms to Nick, Claudia, Peggy, Ashley, Sabina, Katie, Bethany, Dana, Ryan, and Matthew.

It’s something I’ve been meaning to do for some time now anyway.  And truth be told — although there’s plenty for me to write about this week, and I was actually prepared to do it, expressing my heartfelt appreciation to fellow bloggers clearly rose to the top of my list.

Accordingly, here is my message to them,

“You are the heart and soul of the Marquette Educator.  Because of you we have fresh content almost every day of the week.  But much more than that, it’s the caliber of your posts that truly impresses — timely, important, and interesting topics rendered in thoughtful and engaging ways.  You inform.  You entertain.  You enlighten.  You challenge.  You inspire.  It’s no wonder that our readership has grown significantly with the excellent material you consistently share with us.”

So, let me apologize to everyone for the false alarm.  It’s all good here on our blog.  Much more than good — actually.

6 Responses to “In Case of Emergency — Find Great Bloggers”


  1. 1 cfelske February 21, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Thanks, Dean Henk, for your kind words and for founding and fueling the Marquette Educator. These are intense transitional times in Education – it’s critical that educators to have a voice in the discussion. Glad to be a part of it—

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    • 2 billhenk February 23, 2013 at 5:18 am

      As a master teacher and technology pioneer, you bring educational insights to our audience that are extraordinary, Claudia. Your voice has been essential to the success of our blog.

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  2. 3 pwuenstel February 21, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    So much about education is providing opportunity, and that is what the Marquette Educator does for us. Even those of us with lots to say can’t share it without a place such as the one you offer. Thank you.

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    • 4 billhenk February 23, 2013 at 5:25 am

      It’s an honor for our forum to give an exceptional educator like you the opportunity to share your extensive knowledge, rich professional experiences, and thoughtful beliefs with our readers, Peggy.

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  3. 5 nickmcdaniels February 22, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    Thanks, Dean Henk. I am grateful for the opportunity to share my perspective and am particularly proud to do so along side some great writers and teachers.

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