You'll have to excuse this rant of a post...but it's been something that has been on my mind for awhile, especially after a conversation I had with one of my bloggy besties, Jameson from Lessons with Coffee, when we finally met up a month ago.
I created this blog over a year ago in hopes of connecting with other teachers, share ideas, collaborate, and grow my network of teacher friends, because when you're having a tough day or week for whatever reason...maybe you got another new student, maybe you've taught the same lesson 5 times and your kiddos still aren't getting it, or maybe you've had a parent accuse you of being a bad teacher...whatever the case may be it's nice to have someone else say "been there...this is how I handled it...and it will get better".
I'll be honest, I rarely look at my BlogLovin' feed anymore. Why do you ask? Because lately I feel like when I do go visit my favorite blogs it's full of Stitch Fix posts and self-promotion of products. Now, before I get too much into this, let me say that I too have put up a couple Stitch Fix posts, and on occasion I will put up some of my TpT products, but I TRY to include pictures of the product in action and only post things that I feel that other teachers may really benefit from.
I know that we all secretly (or not so secretly) wish to make thousands of dollars on TpT, but our blogs should not be a constant plug for our TpT store...in my opinion anyways.
I don't blog on a regular basis, because I want to make sure my posts have good content...strategies and ideas that I feel will really HELP my fellow teachers. If you want to see what I'm working on for TpT, blog designs, cheerleading, wedding planning, or more of my every day life, you can follow me on Instragram, @lindsey_nichole_j, because that's where I post almost on a daily basis on everything from daily teaching, TpT, blog designing, cheerleading stuff, wedding details, and me trying to have a normal life.
This evening I was looking for some new strategies to help my 3rd graders solve word problems, so I went to Pinterest. The first 5 pins were products from TeachersPayTeachers. Links that went to blogs were just more TpT products. I want content people, not products. Unless I don't have the time, am lazy, or it's a FRESH and NEW idea, I will create what I need myself. I can create task cards myself...and yes I typically do sell them, because I know there are other teachers out there that are like me sometimes and don't have the time or too lazy to make it for their classes. However, I miss the content in blogs. I started following teacher blogs when I was student teaching, and some of my favorite bloggers have become less about the content and more about the product.
Is it just me or do you feel the same?