Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2014 Blog Goals

And, we all know a new year brings new goals!

I haven't been too happy with my blog lately and have even contemplated more than once on giving the whole thing up.  A big part of my unhappiness with the blog comes from having some trouble coming up with content. For many periods of the week, I am required to teach a scripted program. Also, traveling in and out of other teacher's classrooms all day long doesn't allow me to do as much as I would if I had my own homeroom.  In all, it really puts a damper on creativity.  I look around at other teacher blogs and am awed by all the creative and fun projects they come up with.

However, I like blogging!  I really enjoy posting and sharing ideas. I like the support and encouragement found in the blogging community.  I also like looking back to see what I've done in the past.  It's like having a digital scrapbook.  And, I do have lots of ideas that I would love to share even if I am not able to implement them all in my own classroom at this time.  So, I am going to keep blogging.  

Having made that decision, I have come up with some goals for 2014 to spark things up around here. 

1.  Finally finish the blog redesign I've been promising.  Yeah, kind of let go of that one as I was seriously considering closing down the blog.  However, being recommitted, I am on it! Before I gave up on the idea I found three blog designers I really liked.  I'm going to do a little more research and hope to have the new design up and running by the end of March.  Hopefully sooner!

2.  Make at least 6 literacy based printable resources/projects.  I've done a few printables for the blog in the past:  
However, there are so many things I make for my own use that I don't blog about.  Deciding to do at least six this year is a very modest goal.  I wanted to focus on the quality rather than number.  It may be my first step in starting my own Teacher Pay Teachers store, but I'm not committing to that just yet! Baby steps!  For now anyway, anything I make will be posted on my blog for free download. 

3.  Blog at least twice a week.  For me, that seems about right, about what I can reasonably keep up with.  I tip my hat to those of you out there blogging daily.  I don't know how you get it done!

4.  Step up on the social media aspect of my blog.  This is part of the blog design.  I want to add all those buttons that allow you to connect to my blog through social media.  I also have to figure out how to separate my personal social media from the blogging social media.  For example, I have a Pinterest account for the blog, but I also have one for myself.  I find it a pain to have to log out of my account and then log into my blog account every time I want to pin something, so I usually don't.  I have to figure out a way to make it all a bit simpler.  I also don't want to do the Facebook page until the blog design is done so that I can keep it all similar in looks.

5.  Organize all previous post with better labels and possibly content specific pages.  My labels are all over the place!  I mean, I have reading workshop and reader's workshop as two different labels.  I really need to sit and clean up all the labels in a way that makes it easier to find what you are looking for.

6.  Connect with other bloggers.  There are some blogs I read all the time and I'm terrible about commenting.  And, we know bloggers love comments! :-)  In fact, for me seeing that commenting dropped off on my blog was tangible proof that I was slacking!  I am going to try and comment more on the blogs I read and support other bloggers.  There is so much great stuff out there deserving of a good comment!  Another idea I've been tossing around is organizing a blogger meet-up over the summer.  Maybe!  I live in the tri-state area (NY, NJ, Conn.) with PA not far away.  I know there are lots of teacher bloggers in the area and thought it might be fun to actually meet up in person this summer.  Just an idea at this point, but one I'm seriously thinking about!

So, those are the blog goals for this year. 
What do you think?  Any advice?
What are your school and/or blogging goals for 2014?


  1. I've decided to purchase a custom blog design this year. I want to be all in to blogging and I want my blog to be uniquely me! Can't wait to see your new design! My blogging goals include being more consistent with posting, posting meaningful content, and commenting more to connect with others. I see a great 2014 for us in the blogging world!

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    1. Brandi, I love your goal of meaningful content. I think it is a more meaningful goal than my setting a number of posts to do per a week!

  2. I'm brand new to blogging, and spent hours designing html code for my blog. Finally, I gave up and found a free one. Finding the perfect design is tedious; hopefully you can find one design that is perfect for you! I like what you said about blogging being like a digital scrapbook, too. So far, I'm finding it to be very rewarding to reflect on what I do with my kiddos through blogging. Good luck with your 2014 goals!

    Fourth Grade Shenanigans

    1. Stephanie, it is a lot of work finding a blog design! I could do some basic stuff myself, but I really need someone to do the complete package. I so wish I was more tech savvy!! :-)

  3. I am terrible about commenting as well, I want my comment to mean something - I don't just want to put "Thanks for Posting". On the other hand, I know how nice it feels when someone comments so you know you aren't just writing for yourself. Happy New Year!

    1. Thanks for your comment, Kelly! It is always nice to know that someone is out there reading!

  4. I've been away from my blog for a while, too. Sometimes you just need to take a break. If you're looking for a custom blog design, I can't say enough about Megan at A Bird in Hand. She does great work, really fast, and reasonably priced. Good luck finding the perfect design!

    1. Thanks for the tip, Kristen. I've been looking to see who designed some of the blogs I like, and I've seen A Bird in the Hand as the designer of a few of them. She's definitely on the short list!

    2. Kristen, just thought I would drop in and tell you I decided to go with Megan after all!