Hey teacher friends! I hope you are saying warm wherever you are and safe from the ice storm I know many are getting slammed with this week. Since you are stuck in the house anyway – how about something fun to do with your unexpected time off? Or even this weekend for those who don’t get those snow days off?
Have you always thought it was hard to start a blog? Or make those fun digital printables? It is easier than you think and I have 3 great resources that just might open up a whole new world for you!
For those of you new to this blog – a little about me. A little over 4 years ago, my son fell ill over a Christmas Break and I couldn’t bear the thought of going back to work. I wanted to be able to watch him like a hawk. So, I did what no teacher (at least in my area) does and I quit. I did not return to my classroom after that break.
This was a SUPER hard decision for me because I loved being a professional teacher. I had a Master’s degree, plus some on top of it, several additional certifications, and I was pretty involved with different committees and projects. Suddenly that all came to a screeching halt. I was now faced with long days of a quiet house while my son napped and everyone else was at school or work. It was a different place for me where I had never been before.
In an effort to somehow reconnect and felt like I still had a place in the field of education, I started this blog at the suggestion of some teacher friends. So, I started with my first post. And then I added in some video tutorial tips, did a couple of guest blogs, and suddenly it grew almost overnight!
Now – I am a full-time blogger with lots of credits to my name. My one blog fun activity has turned into 20+ blogs and websites for teachers under my parent company PEN Group Online, Inc. (PEN stands for Preston Education Network). To this day, I am super humbled and grateful for all these opportunities and mainly for those friends who urged me to do a little something to stay connected. I now have a dream job talking with teachers all over the world instead of just in my own school building and am still able to be at home when my kids get off the bus. #soblessed
Because of those experiences in the last four years, I have had many ask me about how they might be able to share their ideas with the world as well. And I am so excited to share what I have learned through trial and error along the way!
Want to start your own blog? It’s FREE! Check out this How to Create Your Own Blog Mini-course and see how!
Last up – for those of you who want the whole kit and caboodle, I actually have an entire website just for showing you how to market your new blog and products. It is called Teaching Blog Traffic School and is geared specifically to teachers. We have had over 2,000 teachers come through our doors! There are lots of perks, including occasional live chats with me where I answer anything my members want to talk about. I love catching up with everyone on those nights! We also have an amazing FREE Teacherpreneur Resource Library that anyone can join and use! Super handy!
I love being a part of the teacher blogger community. I have met great friends and traveled to see them and meet in person. They are some of my closest friends and I am truly appreciative of their friendship. Through social media, our professional networks can span countries and continents. How exciting is that? No longer are we forced to teach behind closed doors and wonder if we are doing what we are supposed to be doing. Instead, I know teachers who live on opposite ends of the country and are able to Skype in and plan their lessons together even though they teach in completely different schools! All thanks to getting involved in the blogging community, sharing ideas through their own blogs, and opening up a world of possibilities. It’s so cool!
Stay warm teaching friends and read up on a few of your favorite teaching blogs – it is a great way to get inspired to try something new in your classroom. It might just be the change you needed to light your fire again. 🙂
Wishing you the best,