Blogging Resolutions



Happy New Year everyone!! I hope everyone had a wonderful day yesterday and if you had to go back to school today I am truly sorry. As holiday time runs out and it is time for me to seriously attack some school work I am taking time to link up with Diane at Fifth in the Middle for her linky instead :)


I have been thinking about my resolutions for a while now (and reading loads of blog posts on resolutions too). I have a hard time making personal resolutions because sometimes I feel that even as I set them and I know I am not going to keep them - mostly because I set resolutions I know I should set but maybe my heart is not 100% behind. But not these, these blogging resolutions are things I have been and will continue to work on. So here they are....



Keep it Real - I started my blog to share ideas from my classroom. I LOVE reading blogs and learning from others. I have learned so much from the blogging community that I wanted to share too. I want to keep sharing what I am doing in my classroom and resources that I use. I love the weekly linkys that I try to take part in as much as possible because I feel they really allow me to share my ideas and experiences (Tried it Tuesday, Workshop Wednesday, Spark Motivation Saturday and Must Read Mentor Texts). I don't enjoy reading blogs posts that are only advertisements for products and try to stay away from doing this as much as possible. I just want my blog to be an accurate reflection of my classroom and my teaching and hope that it helps or inspires one or two people along the way. Which leads me to my next resolution....


Keep it in Perspective - starting my blog was scary. Very scary. It was very hard starting out with zero followers and a few page views a day. Writing posts that no one might ever read was harder than writing posts now that I have followers. It was very easy to get caught up watching numbers: number of followers, number of views etc. and feeling like I had to do every thing other bloggers were doing just to keep up or be accepted. It felt like such a struggle to hit milestones others were meeting and passing (100 Followers, 500 Followers etc.). Then I gained some perspective - I don't know how or why, I just know I need to keep it!! I am not saying that I am totally uninterested in the numbers, that would be a lie, I am just in a place now that I am happy with all I have accomplished. I know I will never be in the same realm as other bloggers and trying to was way too stressful for me. I want my blog to be a place I love visiting and hopefully you do too. I also need perspective for my little TPT store. I truly appreciate every sale I make but I still worry every time I read feedback and take everything to heart. I recently received some feedback on a freebie (with over 13000 downloads!!) and it upset me for hours - seriously. I know I have to let go and move on and this is part of keeping it in perspective. I think it is particularly tricky in this digital communication age because sometimes you really don't know the tone or intent of a message and I tend to err on the side of it being meant negatively. See - this will be the hardest one for me for sure!!

Keep Building Connections - I think I lied earlier when I said I didn't know how I gained perspective but I do know a huge part of it was connecting with other bloggers. I had heard so much about what a supportive community the teacher-blogger world was and again when I started out it was scary not knowing anyone. But overtime I met some truly amazing teachers and just wonderful people. Getting to know them and having their support has made all the difference to me this year. I want to continue building my relationships with these wonderful people and I hope to continue to "meet" other people along the way. I will continue to leave comments, do my best to reply to comments promptly and have great conversations with people who I have not met IRL but whose thoughts, opinions and friendships I treasure.

That's it, my resolutions for this year! Hope to see you here often so we can work on the first and third together (and then I won't worry too much about the second one!!).


10 comments

  1. LOVE! I one hundred percent believe you keep it real...always. I love, love, love reading your blog posts and emails. You make me smile and I'm glad I've found you and can chit-chat with you, but I'm never ever coming to visit unless you lock the basement. Lol! Get on that school work...time is running out...JUST KIDDING...I think you should rest for at least today and tomorrow. I mean seriously...just rest.
    Alison
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

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  2. Perspective - that's a good one! I get caught up in the numbers as well, and in all honesty, what can we really do about the numbers? Nothing! People follow and comment when there's something of quality to read! So if we do that, the numbers will follow :) Or at least that's what I tell myself!!

    I can't believe that someone left nasty feedback on a freebie. If it's a freebie and you don't like it, delete it from your computer. You certainly do NOT leave bad feedback on a freebie, for crying out loud!

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  3. Fantastic resolutions! I especially enjoyed the one about perspective! I am definitely trying to take a step back and make my blog something I enjoy, instead of something else on the to-do list!


    Amy
    Eclectic Educating

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  4. AMC~ this is an awesome post! It is exactly how I feel! I get caught up in the numbers sometimes too and worry, worry, worry that what I have say is isn't important. Know that you can always count on me. I'm 100% in your court. You have great ideas, and even though I teach sixth graders I often adapt what you've set to meet their needs.
    Thank you!
    Michele

    Coffee Cups and Lesson Plans

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  5. I *LOVE* your blogging resolutions - I found myself nodding as I read through your post. Excellent thoughts! :)
    I know what you mean about negative feedback on a freebie - it can be very discouraging. But you're right to keep things in perspective, take it with a grain of salt, and also understand that tone cannot always be read through the Internet. Keep on keepin' on! :)

    ~Jessica
    Joy in the Journey

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  6. What great goals for the new year!! I feel the same way!! Thanks for keeping it real for the newer bloggers like me! :)
    A Tall Drink of Water

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  7. Great post. It's so easy to get caught up in the numbers or trying to turn out posts just to have something posted. One of my goals is to post more content. The linky parties you take part in are great for content. I need to make sure I link up with them!

    Brandi
    Success in Second Grade
    Follow me on Facebook!

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  8. Fantastic post. I find myself feeling and thinking so many of these things about the blogging world. This year, I really need to focus on the relationships of blogging. There are so many amazing teachers here and their blogs change my classroom! It's awesome! :)

    -Catherine

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  9. Thank you for sharing your resolutions! I've been following your blog since August and I want you to know how much I appreciate your blog. I love the way you "keep it real" by sharing actual ideas and not just advertising your store, although I love your products and have bought several of them. Your ideas have made my classroom a better place this year and I appreciate everything you post!

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  10. I love your resolutions and could relate to everything!! It is so true what you said about the "numbers" but I think it has gotten easier over time. Having a strong support group (which includes wonderful YOU!) has made all the difference in creating a healthy blogging community and mindset!

    Try not to stress over negative feedback. I know it's difficult (I have done the same thing) but it's not worth it. Just remember all the teachers you have helped in so many ways (including me!). xxoo
    ~Holly
    Fourth Grade Flipper

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