I’ve been blogging for nine years. I became pregnant with Caroline about a year after I started and some of you reading here have been with me on the entire winding journey through six, seven, eight (?) different blogs of various types. Every one of them was a learning experience to get me to this point.
So last year I started to take my blogging and curriculum creation seriously. As in I truly do this professionally and treat it like a professional endeavor. I am enjoying creating materials and I LOVE LOVE LOVE getting feedback about how a student or teacher or parent enjoyed something I made. I mean seriously. It feeds me like little else does. To know a class of first graders somewhere in this great country of ours learned in depth about penguins or butterflies or trees or Christmas around the world because I took the time to research the facts and create a product to sell is just the best. Or when a teacher tells me I saved her lots of time because she found my shape and bingo games. I love hearing that!
This professional blogging thing has also really been stifling. For example, this post should have a pinnable image on it. You notice it does not. I’m sick of feeling like I can’t just get on my own blog and write about whatever I want without looking for the perfect image and making a great graphic that people will want to repin. Sometimes I just want to give people a glimpse into our homeschooling world without having to determine if it has a take away value for the reader. Maybe that makes me lazy. Or maybe it makes me human.
Whatever it is, I’m done with feeling like I have to do things a certain way because the experts say so. Trying to do everything the “right” way as a professional blogger is just making me blog less and there’s too much I want to share!
I also want to connect more with the people who come here every day. So look for more chatty posts. I have always loved interacting with the people who read my blogs and hope to do more of that.
So hopefully we’re going to find a good balance now of “professional” blogging and Sallie hanging out online with other people who have similar interests. 🙂