Saturday, July 30, 2011

Tips and Observations while Blogging

I  may be new to all of this, but I have come up with a few tips that I want to share with you...

  • When you comment on a post, it is helpful to leave a link to your blog.  That way the blogger can refer back to your blog if he/she would like check you out.
  • If you are leaving a link to your blog, do so as a hyperlink.  It makes it easier for everyone involved to get to your site.  If I have to copy and paste and I'm in a rush, I may not take the time to visit your blog.  (But I would NEVER do that!  :))
  • I have discovered that there are WAY too many "profiles" on Blogger.  I have one for google, one for my blog, one for Google Friend Connect, etc.  Make sure a link to your blog is available on ALL OF THEM!  As I said, I am new to all of this blogging.  I have 8 WONDERFUL followers so far.  When I click on their picture, it gives me their name as well as the blogs that they follow.  Only some people have their own blogs listed here.  If it's not listed and I can't remember where you are from, I CAN'T VISIT YOUR BLOG!!!  That's simply not fair.  If you follow me, I want to follow you as well. 
    • Go to your Blogger Dashboard.
    • Click on "My Account"
    • Under "My Products" click "Settings" found next to Blogger.
    • Under "Show my blogs" make sure YOUR blog is listed and checked.
    • Now go to a blog where you are a follower.  Click on your picture.
    • At the top should be a link, "settings" -click it.
    • Underneath your name you can "add links".  Add the web address for your blog. 
    • You can also link up this profile with your Blogger profile.  I did that too, just to be safe. 
    • Now when you click  on your picture, your blog should be listed under "links" before listing the other blogs you follow.
I know that was a lot of information and most of you are probably already aware of these things.  But I want to make sure that I can reciprocate all of the generosity out in the blogging world and follow you as well!

Ladybug's Teacher Files has some great tutorials as well...

Any other tips or ideas out there?  I need all that I can get.  :)

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Awesome Giveaways!

Sunny Days in Second Grade is having a fantastic giveaway!

(click this link to be taken directly to her blog...)

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Packing up my first "home"

After teaching Kindergarten for seven years, I was told that I had to move to 2nd grade. To say that I was shocked was an understatement. I had gotten my first job at MCS right after graduating from college. I have learned so much from my school family and they have been a part of NUMEROUS life changing events - from my engagement, to marriage, to the birth of my two children, to the passing of my father. I am going to miss everyone and everything about Kindergarten, but am trying to stay positive about this next step in my life.

Not only am I changing grades, but I am also changing buildings within my school district. I had to box up 7 years worth of treasures that I have collected, purchased and created. It is a lot!

I counted 81 boxes. 81 boxes are going with me to my new school. That is not including the things I gave away, took home or recycled.

I am also taking some of my shelving and tables with me. The wonderful maintenance crew that we have will be moving all of my things in August. I am anxiously awaiting the boxes getting into my new classroom so that I can unpack them all!!!

Have I mentioned that I am going to miss Kindergarten? The children, the staff, my coworkers, MY HUGE CLASSROOM and most of all my BFF whom I've taught with for 7 years.......

Second Grade Here I Come!

Testing, testing, 1, 2, 3....

Testing out the new blog.  I’m a first timer!