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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year & Blogging Goals

I hope that you all have a happy and healthy 2014! It's crazy to think how quickly 2013 flew by. It was a year full of memorable moments, new adventures, and a few twists and turns, but I'd say the year as a whole great; and for that I'm truly blessed. This little blog of mine has brought many blessings too, which involves interacting and learning from all of you!

Speaking of this little blog.. I thought I'd take some time to reflect on what I'd like to accomplish in this new calendar year with my little corner of cyber space.

I assume, that fewer goals, with more attainable steps and *hopefully* I will be more successful in achieving my goals. {Not that I want to set the bar low by any means!}

  1. My number one goals is to read and comment on more blogs. I often go through blog posts, find wonderful ideas, and fail to connect with others through commenting. I know I've built many friendships through blogging just via email. I need to be better at leaving feedback and striking up conversations... not just replying to comments left on my own blog.
    • SPEAKING OF WHICH... please, please, PLEASE make sure that you are not a no-reply blogger. It makes life easier to answer questions and hold conversations if comments can be replied back to via email. I know personally, that I don't remember all of the comments I leave, so having the ability to have conversations via email really helps! If your not sure or want to be sure that you can reply via email, check out this tech tip from Jivey!  
  2. Okay, I know that  blogging six times a month doesn't seem like a lot, and it probably isn't compared to many other people I know. However, this coming semester I need to build my masters portfolio. It will be submitted by my birthday this summer. Let's just say, I have a lot to do on that bad boy, state testing to get kiddos ready for, and well a life to live. I want to be sure to give my little blog some love along the way too!
  3. This last goal is something I've struggled with. At times I feel like I just blog to say "buy my products" {which if you do, great! Not trying to discourage that.} I'm hoping to take more pictures, share more stories, along with a few posts here and there to purchase things. I guess, I really want my blog to become a resource for other teachers and I think to be that, sharing what's working (and not working) in the classroom should be highlighted in my posts more. 
There's a look at my blogging goals for 2014. Hopefully, I will have some success! Be sure to link up your blogging goals too. Thanks to Diane @ Fifth in the Middle for hosting this linky!

Along with the New Year.. I am going to be a contributor on a new blog! Be sure to check it out!! I'm pretty excited to be asked to be apart of this group!

http://whoswhoandnew.blogspot.com/



9 comments:

  1. Look at you! Rising Star! How exciting:). I love your resolutions.

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  2. My resolutions are similar! I rarely blog and I'm not doing coursework! It's hard to find a balance!
    Happy 2014,
    Amanda
    Collaboration Cuties

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  3. I love your last goal. I might have to steal that!

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  4. It is so hard to find the balance! Masters portfolio? Oh boy! At least by your birthday, you will be able to REALLY celebrate!! :)
    ~Holly
    Fourth Grade Flipper

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  5. I have to think of my goals! I am running behind in that area this year:) I love seeing pictures and stories from what is going on in the classroom.

    Tara
    The Math Maniac

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  6. The whole no-reply thing bugs me too! But not so much on my blog, but when I am commenting. I have gone through and changed myself from being a no-reply blogger so many times, and it keeps flipping me back after a few months! So frustrating.

    Erin
    Learning to be awesome

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  7. I think that six times a month is a lot!! Thanks for mentioning the no-reply blogger thing. I think that since some people moved to Google+, it changed people back to that :(

    I also saw that you were a contributor on that blog when I was snooping around a few days ago. Congrats!

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  8. I always wonder how people seem to do everything! Balancing teaching, blogging, TpT, and life is hard! But I like knowing I'm not in this alone! Congrats on the new blog! Best wishes in 2014!
    A Tall Drink of Water

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  9. Happy New Year Christy! I appreciate that you set goals that reasonable and realistic. I think that's what happens to me sometimes...I set the bar way too high and then I get upset if I can't achieve it! Thanks for putting things in perspective!
    xoxo
    Joanne
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

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