Elementary AMC January 02, 2014
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!!).