This little blog started out as a way for me to escape some of the craziness of my life and reach electronically out into the world. Not that I don't love the crazy in my life - I do!
But, teaching in a Title I school with all its special challenges is demanding enough - now throw in 3 boys, a husband, an itty bitty house, and a cat. Mix in a dose of ADHD, Asperger's, a whole bunch of middle school homework, a couple of toddler tantrums, and a broken toilet. Now that is nothin' but fabulous!
Life comes at ya fast, baby - duck or catch!
(I also feel I must mention that the last boy is 3 years old and I am 46 years old - yes, do the math.
46 - 3 = I am nuts!)
So blogging is a way for me to connect with other educators out there in cyberland - to keep me thinking, learning, collaborating, and hopefully prevent my brain from imploding:)
But, since I am still fairly new at this and I have much to learn, when I saw Melissa's post on her blog First Grade Smiles about blogging etiquette and followers' expectations, I decided to jump in.
So here goes...
I am using The Army Wife Teacher's idea and listing my answers below:)
Why do you choose to follow a certain blog?
I usually am drawn to blogs that have ideas I can put to use in my own classroom. I like pictures! I want to see the pic so I can stick it quickly in my brain (or better yet, Pin it!) I like a little wit and humor, too, but I really am looking for new insight and ideas.
I usually follow blogs that follow me - I figure if they found something on my blog that made them want to follow me, maybe we have something in common and I can find insight on their blog.
When you leave comments, do you expect a response?
I do not really EXPECT a response, although it is nice. Sometimes I will check back for a response, and sometimes I will subscribe to the comments so I can either see a response or see what others have to say.
What is your favorite thing about
reading and following other blogs?
I love new ideas, pictures, humor, freebies, linkys, blog hops, and some giveaways (the super huge ones kind of freak me out:)
What turns you off when reading
other blogs or comments you receive?
- fonts that are difficult to read
- posts that are too wordy with no visual breaks - too hard to read
- too much product promotion
- comment verification (I turned mine to no verification and no anonymous comments - I get ZERO spam!)
- I really am interested to hear anything anyone has to say when they comment on one of my posts! I'm flattered that anyone took the time to comment.
- That said, I don't like it when folks only comment in order to ask me to follow them.
- But, I do love for other bloggers to leave a link to their blog when they comment!
Do you follow any blogs by e-mail?
Only a few and only when I cannot follow through the blogger feed. I really rely on Facebook to alert me to new posts.
Do you use Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, TpT, etc.?
I use Facebook and Pinterest quite a lot and I love to follow others. I like to see the links for those pages right at the top of a blog so I can quickly link up.
Thanks, Melissa for a great linky idea!
And while you're here, I might as well offer you a freebie:)
Hope you can use it!