I had always assumed that the teachers I work for have no interest, inclination or time to read blogs; especially those by substitute teachers.
I say “had” because I received an email request to sub addressed, not to the published email address I leave for teachers, but to the blogger email address.
I guess it had to happen sooner or later…or had it?
The email, I later discovered, came from another substitute teacher working in the same district. She needed to locate someone to cover the last hour of a class due to an overlapping commitment elsewhere. As it turned out, I was working only a half day at a different school was able to oblige. The little extra cash for extending my lunch hour before I went home was a good deal.
I asked how she ended up with the blogger email address and it was immediately obvious. She knew my name and that I was subbing frequently at the school. Google connected the two search phrases and it provided her with the blog site. After reading a few posts, she was sure she knew she had the right guy before contacting me.
Would teachers tell me if they found the blog? Would I suddenly see a drop off in assignments? Would I be blackballed if the district took notice? Am I worried enough to stop writing or change what I write about?
The answers: I don’t know; It could happen; Possibility; …and Not really.
There are several other districts in the area I can work for if that happened.