I just went back and looked at my VERY first blog post. It was July of 2011.
First, ouch! Yeah, I have grown as a blogger. Thank goodness!
Second, I was really blown away with how much blogging in general has changed over the past five years. When I began it was just a place to dump classroom photos and share ideas. Nothing elaborate. Now blogs seem much more polished, images are much more professional, and there are actually suggested blogging TEMPLATES for structuring posts!
While I am by far a blogging expert (although I should be after all this time, LOL #lifegoal. Wait no, my life goal is actually #morenaps), I HAVE picked up a few tips and tricks over the years. Hopefully, these will help you. If you are not a teacher blogger, then you will either be amazed by all the things that happen behind the scenes or will be totally bored. Either way, I apologize for revealing “the man behind the curtain.”
I have notebooks full of random ideas for blog posts, I tried writing everything down in one notebook, but the notebook also held my to do list for the week, grocery list, and a variety of other junk. My blogging ideas were quickly lost. I also realized that this was just creating extra work me.
I have written in the past specifically for bloggers. In this post, I share how I organize files on my computer for each post.
For each blog post I create a folder WITHIN my blogging folder. I keep any images for each blog post in the folder. . For each blog post, I usually make some kind of image or button, Facebook image, Pinterest image, and sometimes headers to divide the post. Here is an example of a post with headers.
Mandy Gregory is a 2007 and 2012 Teacher of the Year. She has taught 4th, 3rd, and 2nd grade in both the general education and inclusion setting. She is the owner and creator of the Teaching Tips website (www.mandygregory.com) and has over 10 years of experience. She is married with two beautiful children.