With ALL due respect, I love Charity's blog. She has some wonderful ideas and works extremely hard. This is not to her personally. I just don't totally agree with her bloggy ideas. You might want to go read her post before finishing this one. (Click the picture of the ribbon above.)
I started this blog three years ago with the name "Well, shut my mouth!" and it was mostly used to vent and share my stories of a very challenging class/situation I had. It was fun for me and made for great conversation. I did not start it to meet anybody's standards or "stand out from the crowd". It was/is cathartic to share my silly stories and is a lot cheaper than a shrink.
Let me explain myself by commenting on the challenges:
CHALLENGE ONE: I have contact information listed on my blog somewhere.
Okay, I agree with that one. BUT...I choose to not "monetize" my blog by having ads. Those are everywhere now and it's annoying. But if someone wants to give me free stuff...I'm cool with that.
CHALLENGE TWO: No Pass the Award/Tag posts from you in the last 5 posts on your blog.
Oops...guilty of that one! But you know what? I LIKE reading about other teachers and their lives. I also like to tell people "good job" for their hard efforts. Yeah, sometimes "tag" and passing awards on is annoying and a lot of work, so I just politely decline.
CHALLENGE THREE: Not featuring anyone or anything but yourself and your own ideas on your own blog in the last 3 blog posts.
I have found some of the most fantastically educational ideas by reading a post of a post of a post. We are teachers! We SHARE! I like to thank and give shout outs to other teachers for their awesome ideas. If you've inspired me I WILL be sharing your ideas. Let me know if you'd like me to stop.
CHALLENGE FOUR: No self-promoting new products with no content in the last 4 blog posts.
There is some point to this one. I should be better about telling how my units can be used by everyone BUT...not every teacher is in second grade OR uses Treasures. Sometimes it's nice for those followers who wait for TPT units to be made to just see that it's ready to go without having to read through my other silliness.
CHALLENGE FIVE: I will write a new blog post that gives a great teaching idea that I want to share with teachers everywhere. I will link up that blog post below making sure to include a backlink in my post to this blog post (a bonus etiquette point).
Can't I share great original ideas while promoting others or "playing tag"? And wouldn't this challenge mess me up for CHALLENGE THREE when I provide the backlink to that blog? Probably?
Okay, so there. It's off my mind. I only blog about things that matter to me and it's going to stay that way. Me and my 1-star self try to provide some comic relief for you wonderful readers and I absolutely, positively, humbly appreciate you all. You make this blogging thing worth it. Otherwise, I'd probably be in a corner curled up in the fetal position humming Nirvana songs.
Please feel free to comment away. I have thick(ish) skin. I always "approve" all comments...constructive or not.
Have a wonderful Wednesday!