I am so excited to have Charlene here today for Blog Swap Sunday. I know you will love hearing her story as much as I did.
Hi. My name is Charlene, aka Diamond Mom, and I am very excited to be sharing with you today. Thank you Amy for allowing me to be a guest blogger.
I have decided to share with you a bit about my whirlwind adventure into the blogging world.
I stumbled onto Teachers Pay Teachers last fall when I was looking for some new ideas for starting up my year. I was surprised and excited to see that teachers were sharing their material with other teachers. I started as a buyer, and then decided that I should try to post some of my materials as well. After all, I had been creating my own materials for quite awhile and giving them out to my friends, so why not see if anyone else would be interested in them. I began by posting freebies. I wasn’t sure if my products were worthy of being paid for.
I had no idea what I was doing, but I took the leap and I am now fully immersed in the blogging world. My husband thinks I am crazy, but I just love it. I have so much to learn, but I keep plodding on.
Many bloggers have helped me along the way, too many to name, but I need to thank Charity Preston for introducing me to Teaching Blog Traffic School. I have only made it halfway through all the videos and tutorials, but I have learned so much from her.
I am just a little blogger in the blogging world, but I am so grateful for the people who have chosen to follow me and I am humbled that they feel I have something worth reading about. That is more important to me than trying to get big numbers. It took me awhile to figure that out, but I have learned to be true to me.
I admit, sometimes I still get a bit discouraged when I see others are moving quickly and they have so many followers, but then I remind myself that I need to be patient, continue to be true to myself, and share quality material. The followers will come, and the cool thing is, they will be loyal because I did take that time to share a piece of me.
I wish you much success in your teaching this year.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. Hop on over to my blog if you would like to find out more about what is happening in my teaching world, or even in my other world.
|Thanks Charlene! I can identify in many ways with your story. For me blogging has been a bit therapeutic. I have truly loved the time of self reflection that has come from blogging and I believe it has made me a better teacher. If you are thinking about the idea of starting a blog, I agree with Charlene – Just Do It!