You know you're a blogger when __________
A year ago I don't think I would know what to fill that blank with. I'm sure many of you reading this, if you also have a blog, could easily fill in that blank with a million different things you do now BECAUSE you are a blogger. It's funny how it has opened up an entirely different world to me and has essentially changed who I am as a person and as a teacher.
So as I was sitting in front of my computer for yet another hour on top of hour, I came up with a top ten list of things I no longer do now that I am a blogger. Some of these are good, and some not great - but like I said, I am definitely a different person than I was a year ago.
So here they are (David Letterman style):
#10. Read books. Now, I read blogs!
#9. Photocopy books or pages that say Do Not Duplicate
(Yes, I did do that in the past. Don't judge me, please! But copyright is important and if I don't respect it then how can I expect other people to respect my ideas).
#8. I no longer go a day without checking my email, blog, Facebook, TpT, Instagram, and Pinterest. It's a sickness!
#7. Judge people who make friends online.
I used to think it was weird to make friends with people that you had never met, or even date someone you had never met. Now I can say that I have made some great friendships with other people through blogging that I have never met (though I hope to someday) and I get it! I haven't dated anyone though - I'm not sure my husband would appreciate that very much.
#6. I no longer go to bed before midnight. Nope. Not ever!
#5. I am no longer satisfied with free clipart online (and borders, backgrounds, and fonts for that matter)
Not that I don't use some of it, but I have found some seriously amazing clipart artists who make it so hard to not buy their adorable little packs of cutesy things. This too is a sickness!
#4. I no longer type up anything, even a quick reminder note home to parents, without a cute font, border, or graphic.
#3. I no longer spend my summer days forgetting about school. Instead, it's all I think about and spend my free time thinking about. I'm hoping next summer I will be more balanced. I just had SO many ideas that had built up throughout the year and finally had time to work on them. It's very addicting!
#2. I no longer say that I got an idea from Pinterest
And the #1 thing I no longer do since I became a blogger is . . .
Accept that I have to use sub-par materials that come with a program when I know I can create something that is more engaging, more succinct, more appropriate for my students, and I'll just say it ------ cuter!
So there you have it. Ten things that are different about me from about a year ago when I started this little old blog. I definitely think it has made me a better teacher. I find myself much more inspired to create fun, engaging, important lessons for my students. I am so appreciative of the creativity I see from other bloggers. I am incredibly honored to know that other people can use some of the things I've created. It really has been a great year and I am excited for another great year ahead.
I'd love to hear how you would fill in the blank of my first sentence:
You know you're a blogger when _____________
By the way, a huge thank you to Kimberly Geswein, Keith Geswein and Dancing Crayons for their artistry. Amazing - right?