As we approach the New Year, we all create resolutions of things we would like to do to better ourselves. (Even those who “don’t create a new year’s resolution” really do. Take my husband for instance. Each year he insists he will not create one. Yet, by not creating one, he has managed to hold true to his “resolution” of not having one. Ha!)
I am no different. I want to not only better myself, but my standing in both the world of teaching and blogging! I also want to better things for you!
When I decided to take my “hiatus” for a brief bit to enjoy the holidays with my family, I also used some free time to take a blogging course and research a bit on how I can become better. I learned several things that I just can’t wait to put into action.
However, one thing that annoyed me tremendously as I was researching is all the sites with popups and landing pages. I’m talking about when you go to a blog to read something that interests you, only to have a page immediately pop up to suggest you like their Facebook or sign up for their newsletter. Am I the only one that finds this annoying? Usually, I get so annoyed that I’m not even sure I want to continue reading and it seems to be happening more and more.
Or perhaps you go to a blog to read that information, but the only way you can get it is by subscribing to their newsletter. Now I know that I don’t have to subscribe to their newsletter or that I can easily just unsubscribe later. They often pop up with the phrase, “Don’t worry, we won’t sell your email to anyone. We don’t like spam either,” yet they “spam” you with their own emails daily or so. I can’t stand that either. It’s just not for me.
I know that if I want to be a top blogger and a top seller at TpT I have to be a bit aggressive in a highly competitive environment, but at what cost? I try to keep in mind the “golden rule.” Treat others as you would like to be treated. I want my readers to read my blog not because they signed up for something free. Not because they were “pushed” into it. (I’m not implying that the other bloggers are wrong or rude. It may work for them. I’m not judging- I’m simply saying it’s not for me.)
So this new year – 2016 – is the year that I’m going to do it! I’m going to work harder than ever for you- my readers! I’m going to do (not try) the following:
*Continue creating high quality products that are fun, engaging hands-on lesson plans so your students can grow and you can free up some of your time. I’m going to continue working on my math workshop units, complete some more science units, and eventually (but maybe not this year…) create reading workshop units! (That’s why I don’t post lesson plans, units, and other products one right after another. It takes me time to make sure it’s valuable for your classroom. I want all my products to be top value! There is nothing worse then spending money on something that you can only use 1/3 of it! I know teachers don’t have a ton of money- I’m one too!)
*Blog lesson ideas, tips, freebies, mentor texts, and much more at least two to three times a week! If I don’t have something of value to share, I won’t share it! I’m not going to waste your time, nor mine. I don’t want to blog just to blog. I will occasionally share my products with you – but it won’t be more than 20% of the time. I really want to help you free up some time and save some money! When I think about what I could use best as a teacher – it’s that!
*Change my Pinterest “tactics.” For a while on Pinterest I was posting my blog posts and products quite frequently to “advertise.” However, it was becoming “less fun” for me. I love Pinterest – always have long before I started blogging and creating TpT products. But I noticed my feed was starting to become “clogged” with just TpT products. I started to ask myself, where are all the good, creative ideas? Where are the “free” ideas? So that’s when it hit me – if I’m working for you (which technically I am!) then I need to meet your needs NOT mine! So, I have created boards (with a new look!) for you to make your job as an educator better! I’m no longer going to participate in “pinning parties” but rather, be on the lookout for high quality articles that you can find value in – not just what is popular. I will continue to share my blog posts and products (in action!), but not as often – that’s why I have chosen to create a board for my posts and products.
*Start a newsletter with at least one freebie a month! Who doesn’t love freebies! I want to continue sharing with my readers but I want to provide a little extra something to my dedicated followers. If you are signing up for my newsletter, that tells me you are truly interested in what I have to say and offer the teaching community! (And a HUGE thank you!) That brings me to my next thought…
*I will not be aggressive. Would I like for you to sign up for my newsletter? Would I like for you to follow my Pinterest page? Would I like for you to follow me on Facebook or my Teachers Pay Teachers store? Of course – BUT only if you are truly interested in what I have to offer. I will just have to accept that nothing happens overnight! It all takes time! I’m not going to require you to sign up to get something. It’s going to all be completely 100% optional!
There. I said it all. And it was a long one! (I’ll keep them a bit shorter in the future!) I know that this may not be the “traditional” way or the “fastest” way to the top of the blogging and TpT world, but it’s the way I would want it if I was in your shoes. It gets old always being “sold” to. I want to build that community and share. It’s tough being a teacher and sometimes it’s just nice to have someone to reach out to and understand!
Thank you for reading – I truly appreciate it!
Hoping to continue providing value to you as a teacher as I grow being a blogger and product creator…