The high school English teacher, who also slaves away as a student newspaper and yearbook adviser, said she was all agog at the hubub caused by her SITS Featured Blogger Status.
"I just don't know what to say, y'all," the Native Texan gushed. "I'm not used to receiving all this adulation. You know, they don't call me The Humble Scribe for nothing."
Mrs. Scribe credited her new-found fame to Heather and Tiffany, proprietresses extraordinaire of The Secret is in the Sauce, a social-networking site dedicated to "sharing the comment love."
In fact, Mrs. Scribe said, she hoped her 24 hours in the SITS Sun would help her to "connect with new cyber-friends, and perhaps generate a little social networking of my own."
Melissa B., who has been a blogger since March 2008, rides herd over about 150 students each year at Our Humble High School in the DC 'Burbs. As part of her duties, she not only teaches the curriculum mandated by the School Board & Principal Man, but also:
- Copes with crises:"Seven Years Ago Today"
- Interacts with members of the school counseling staff: "Would You Like Salsa on that Transcript?"
- Teaches her high school journalistas the value of self-censorship: "No Sex for Santa This Season."
Mrs. Scribe is also loving wife to Mr. Fairway & Mommy to 2 fabulous chicas: Ella Numera Una, who is in her first year of law school, & Ella Numera Dos, a college sophomore who is a blogger in her own right. In fact, you should check out Dos's photoblog, MOO.
Melissa B. tries to serve as an arbiter of good taste & pop culture in the blogosphere as well, using her daily cyber-forum to comment on everything from traffic to politics to manners. In this role, she:
- Counsels readers on handling big-rig mayhem on the highways: "What's the Word Wednesday: Hyperbole"
- Comments on the de riguer nature of decorating: "The Christmas Breasts"
- Cracks wise on the phenomenon of drugs in professional sports: "Well, We All Can't Be Michael Phelps"
In addition, Melissa B. is the Original Superior Scribbler, with more than 1,350 of her Superior Scribbler Awards to date distributed worldwide. And she hosts her weekly Silly Sunday Sweepstakes, encouraging readers to get their goofy on with crazy photos & captions.
"I just can't say enough about what blogging has meant to me over the past 21 months," said Mrs. Scribe, who prides herself on posting daily & keeping her insights fresh & her commentary relevant.
While she says that teaching "is the best job I've ever had," Mrs. Scribe continues to look for writing opportunities in the blogosphere. And as a prolific, poignant & on-point wordsmith, she's always ready for guest posting or book, movie & product review assignments.
"I'd love to figure out a way to make this blogging janx a permanent gig," Melissa B. said. "As it stands now, though, I'm available to cater your next cyber-affair..."