Thursday, January 2, 2014

New Years resolutions

I started my teaching blog this year in the midst of getting all my paperwork in order to move to South Korea and teach.  With all the preparations (there is A LOT), my teaching blog got a bit neglected.  I also have a personal blog about teaching in Korea where I share my pictures, stories, and experiences.  I've been trying to get my teaching blog up and going, but I feel like I don't know what I'm doing.  Does anyone read my blog except for my tried and true 4 followers?  How do I get followers?  How do I do giveaways?  Thank goodness I finally figured out how to link up with other blogs.  I suppose it just takes time to learn everything.  Any of you blogging buddies have any tips for me?

With all of that, I am linking up with Diane at Fifth in the Middle for her New Year's Blogger Resolution Linky.  I LOVE this idea and just HAD to join!

Here are my blogging resolutions:

  • Figure out what in the world I'm doing - I read all these wonderful teaching blogs, and everyone else seems to have it all together on their blog.  They share stories, show how they are using their TPT products, give great ideas, do giveaways, link up with other bloggers, etc.  I aspire to be like them.  I wanna be a "good teacher blogger" when I grow up.  LOL!
  • Get my new blog design up and going - I am SO excited to be working with Barbara at Ruby Slippers Blog Design to get my new blog up and going.  I am actually even switching my blog url, title, and everything. 
  • Blog 2-3 times a week - It's different teaching English in South Korea than it would be if I were teaching back in Texas.  Hopefully I can at least get my blog up and going by the time I am teaching back in Texas in August...saying a prayer for that one.
  • Make blogging friends - I really want to make some blogging friends.  Applications currently being accepted! :)
  • Get more followers - I have NO idea how to do this.  Any tips?  Suggestions?  Advice?  On my new blog, I will have a "Blog Lovin'" button, but other than that, I just don't know.
  • Have more freebies and giveaways - I don't know how to include freebies on my blog and how to do a giveaway.  Help!

I do have a funny story to share with you today.  For winter camp, I have two elementary classes that I work with.  One class is made up of visually impaired 5th and 6th graders.  The other class is made up of blind 3rd and 4th graders.  This particular class makes me laugh.  We have been singing "BINGO" with the students, since it's a great repetitive song.  One student simply cannot say B-I-N-G-O and continually says B-I-M-G-O even though we correct him.  It's so cute, and it makes myself and the other teacher giggle every single time.


  1. I've said a lot of the same things you're saying! It took me six months to reach 100 followers, and that was with pretty consistent blogging. Then all of a sudden it just exploded. My advice would be - keep doing what you're doing on your blog; make meaningful comments on other blogs and leave a link to your blog in the signature so people can click over if they want (don't ask for people to come visit your blog in the comments, though, that's a blogging no-no); make sure you're a no-reply blogger so when you leave comments, they can reply directly to you. That's a start... feel free to ask me anything else! Thanks for linking up!

    1. Thank you Diane! I have a couple of questions. How do I leave a link to my blog when I comment on other blogs? I have seen people's blog names under their name, but I don't know how to do that. Also, what do you mean "be sure you're a no-reply blogger"? I taught 5th grade math last year in Texas. I LOVE 5th grade!

  2. I see you have a few more followers than when you wrote this post, and count me as one now too! To leave your blog link in your comment (as I have) you need to paste in some code... Explained here cause I can't type in the code without it becoming a link!

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