Monday, June 1, 2015

Summer Link-Up: Why I Blog

Hey there!
I'm back again linking up with Monica from I Heart Grade 3 for her Weekly Summer Link-Up!

This week's topic is:

I really had no clue what I was doing when I started blogging. I was just about to start my student teaching in third grade and thought blogging sounded like a fun idea. I love to write and reflect on my life, and honestly part of me just thought "I want to be one of those cool blogging teachers with a cute logo." 

Post student teaching, I continued to blog because I enjoy it. I don't pretend to be an expert but I do enjoy sharing ideas and creations of mine that I think are effective. Plus blogging has allowed me to make connections with other educators and to benefit from their creativity and experiences as well.

Me during my student teaching. My naive, non-natural redheaded self.
I'm now back to blonde and much more knowledgeable.








The first time I ever won a giveaway on a blog was big for me because I not only got awesome Australian  New Zealand candy and two great books, but I made my first blogger friend (Erin over at Learning to Be Awesome). It was when I first realized how connecting blogging could be.

*Correction* 
The Crunchie bars are addicting and Erin in definitely from New Zealand NOT Australia. But my current candy connection person is my brother who lives in Japan. He buys me the Crunchie bars whenever he travels to Australia. Don't mix up your bloggers and candy supply people!


So how about you? 
Do you blog? If so, what drives and motivates you as a blogger? 

I'd love to hear! Plus, don't forget to check out the other awesome bloggers in this link-up and their reasoning for blogging.






15 comments:

  1. The connections with other educators is one of the best parts of blogging for me too. It's a great source of inspiration.
    ✿April✿
    Grade School Giggles

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    1. I love how inspiring other bloggers can be! I have discovered so many engaging lesson ideas and classroom management strategies because of other bloggers. Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. I love the reasons that you started to blog. I also love being able to build connections for new ideas and learning in the Classroom! Everyone is so unique with their own style and you can learn so much from each other!!

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    1. I love that blogging allows teacher to make connections between other state and even in other countries too! Glad you stopped by!

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  3. Hi Kayla!

    You are not only a cool blogger with a cute logo - but a great writer as well! I agree with you... blogging is a great way to meet new people to collaborate with!

    Thanks for linking up to my linky party! I hope you will be able to come over throughout the summer and link up again!

    Monica

    www.iheartgrade3.com
    www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/I-Heart-Grade-3

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    1. Thank you! I appreciate that. I will definitely continue to link up throughout the summer!

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  4. I didn't mention it so much in my post, but I definitely started blogging in hopes of making teacher connections as well. There's something fabulous about the teacher blogger community! Thanks for sharing your story!

    Kristin
    Teaching In A Nutshell
    Teaching In A Nutshell Designs

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    1. I don't think I had considered all the connections I would make when I first started blogging but it has been a huge part of why I continued after student teaching. Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Ahhhh you called me Australian! Haha, I'll let you off though! I've loved your blog since you started, so I forgive you. One day we'll meet in real life! Maybe next year - I'm thinking of coming over!
    I'm so glad you continued blogging - I hope your kiddos still like those books!

    Erin
    Learning to be awesome

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    1. Oh man! I just realized that. Sorry! It's because of the candy though! I got addicted to those crunchie bars. My brother lives in Japan and I make him buy them for my when he travels to Australia so I had Australia on my mind when I posted the pictures. Don't worry, I'll fix it. :) New Zealand.

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  6. Cute banner siggy! I think it is great that we get to collaborate through blogging and social media. Being connected is awesome. :) I posted why I started blogging here: http://twinkleteaches.blogspot.com/2015/06/weekly-summer-link-up-why-i-started.html

    Tina

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    1. Yes! I love the social media part too! Most of the time I prefer my teacher account in instagram over my personal account because I love seeing what everyone is up to! I'll be sure to stop by and check our your post!

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  7. Cute name! Love this!

    -Danielle @ Nouvelle
    http://teachnouvelle.com/why-i-started-blogging/

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    1. Thank you! I actually got the name idea from a fellow blogger! I'll be sure to swing by your blog and check out your post. :)

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