Happy Fireworks Day! I'm taking a break from classroom preparations today to do some blogging, take my niece to the new library where there are some books on hold for me and to check out the children's section (and get some more information about making posters in the media center), and then we're going to watch the fireworks. I'm so excited!
Today on the Big Time Blogging Challenge, we're talking about social media and blogging. I started blogging in my first year teaching back in 2008. Teaching blogs weren't even really a thing at this point. Almost all of my readers (and all of the blogs I read) were friends from high school and college talking about their weddings and babies. Teaching was (is) my baby, so I wrote (write) about my new job (and TPT products) along with my rants about current events and snippets of my personal life. My focus has changed with my various jobs over the years, but I'm definitely feeling a renewed energy toward education since signing my new teaching contract!
In regards to social media, Facebook is still my favorite medium. I'm on it all the time for personal use, so it's pretty easy for me to also jump onto my blog page from there. I don't use it solely to advertise my blog or products like many people. I post links to education articles and try to throw out some conversation starters in an attempt to make my page more interactive. I want to engage, not just with other bloggers, but also with readers. Also, I often read blogs on my phone, which makes it REALLY hard to leave comments. I really think Facebook is the perfect solution. Basically, I'm most active there, so you should definitely be following!
Somewhere along the way, I set up a Twitter account for my blog. I'm going to be honest and tell you that I really haven't utilized it, but it's one of my goals for this year. My blog posts and Instagram posts are posted there, but because I haven't used it, I don't really have any followers. Michelle keeps telling me this is the way to go, so I'm trying to be a good student and take her advice. So... if you're on Twitter, please follow me so I can follow you back and maybe start using this thing! haha
I have an Instagram account, but for right now, it's just a personal account. I follow other middle school ELA teachers because I'm always on the hunt for new ideas, but I really don't want my IG to be a constant advertisement. For now, I just link the education posts to my Twitter and Facebook pages.