A Post of Appreciation to Bloggers Who Inspired Me to Start My Own Online Journey
It’s almost Valentine’s Day! I used to love making a special mailbox, and then sending a little love to everyone with those silly little Valentines Day cards. There’s something wonderful about giving people just a little bit of kindness. Its been a few years since the girls have passed out Valentines to classmates, but we still like to celebrate with a nice family meal. Because of Jeff’s work schedule and all the events happening the next couple of weeks, celebrating Valentine’s Day won’t work out. Instead, we’re going to celebrate all week. Every day, I’m putting out a sweet treat for the family to enjoy.
I have to say, I’m feeling a little amazed at how fast 2019 is flying by. Must be the 6 snow days we’ve had in the last month. We’re looking at schedules and classes for next year, we’re getting ready for State Testing which happens in spring and one final measure of how time is flying; my oldest daughter is preparing for her driver’s test!
Question of the Day
Now onto the question. Who are the five bloggers who’ve most influenced me? I’ve honestly not thought about myself as influenced by bloggers, but of course, I have been. Some have given me one piece of advice or a recipe I enjoyed. Others I have tapped into multiple times for their knowledge. But the bloggers who have been most influential have connected with me on a personal level at a time when I really needed to hear what they had to say. What they said stuck in a very foundational way to change the way I think and the way I do things.
These five ladies have no idea the impact they’ve had on me, but they are my own personally crafted professional development crew. I have learned so much from them.
Angela Watson-The Cornerstone for Teachers
Angela Watson is an instructional coach/blogger and not only do I read her blog, listen to her podcast and check our her recent materials, her book Unshakeable- 20 Ways to Love Teaching Every Day No Matter What is one of my all-time favorite teacher books. Despite the fact that she’s not in the classroom anymore, Angela really gets what holds teachers back and burns them out. She helped me reframe my thinking about what teaching is and isn’t and she gave me concrete ways to improve my productivity that I am still using today. I’ve recovered my teaching groove and feel more in control of my personal to-do list because of what I realized is that I was working without a clear set of priorities in my daily life. If you want to know more about Angela, she can be found at https://thecornerstoneforteachers.com/
Jennifer Gonzalez-Cult of Pedagogy
Jennifer Gonzalez runs a website called the Cult of Pedagogy. She used to teach, but now she writes books, does book clubs, creates materials and does podcasts with guests. Angela gives me the framework to teach(and live) effectively and Jenn is the person who gives me ideas about how I want to teach. She does these deep dives into all lines of subject matter: theory and practice, strategies, and thoughts and attitudes about teaching. Her content is well researched, super engaging for me, and applicable to teachers at all levels. Like Angela, she believes in the importance of finding your own tribe, those like-minded individuals who are growing and who support you in your growth. Her podcasts and blog articles always give me a lot to think about. Jenn can be found at https://www.cultofpedagogy.com/
Gretchen is a writer, blogger, and podcaster who’s own research has really helped me gain perspective in the ways she has learned to be happier. She’s studied activities that promote happiness like gratitude, doing less, focusing on things that matter, understanding your tendencies and developing positive habits. I’ve learned to embrace my nature, rather than fight it, and to create habits that allow me to spend more time doing the things that make me happy. These ideas dovetail nicely with what Angela talked about with setting priorities. One of the things I appreciate most about Gretchen is that I feel like she’s one of us. She’s trying to figure out her own life and in doing that she’s asked and answered important questions. We can all benefit from what she learns. Gretchen can be found at https://gretchenrubin.com/
Suzi Whitford-Start a Mom Blog
Gretchen, Angela and Jenn have great content which motivated me to want to join their ranks. That said, I really didn’t know how to go about getting a blog up and running. Fortunately for me, I don’t let little problems like not knowing how to do something stop me. I got online and started looking for answers.
Enter Suzi Whitford. She was the first to provide me with a warmly worded embrace to give it a try and the very useful 2018 12 Month Blog Plan. This gave me information, a direction, and a longer-term plan. It was a step by step plan that allowed me to familiarize myself with some of the basic tools of blogging. With that knowledge, I was able to get a functioning website up and running. I even had a couple of posts ready That was a major accomplishment. It wouldn’t have happened without Suzi’s guidance. If you want to learn more about what she knows she can be found at https://www.startamomblog.com/
Ruth Sukoup-Living Well Spending Less
Ruth Soukup is an author, blogger and a content creator, who didn’t come into the forefront of my best bloggers list until about a month ago. I thought she focused on budgeting and home strategies, but it turns out she has content through the Elite Blog Academy 4.0. This is content where she gives blogging advice.
My blog was up and running, but I realized I had a problem with my content. I had an overarching focus and I had solid topics to write about, but I wasn’t sure how to roll out the ideas. After hearing from a variety of successful bloggers, I ordered a set of Ruth’s books. I haven’t even finished the first book How To Blog Without Selling Your Soul, but I already know it’s going to help. I’ve got a renewed attitude about my focus(my why) and I’ve got a plan for managing my content. I’m excited to see whether I can pull off my plan. If you want to learn more about Ruth, she can be found at https://www.livingwellspendingless.com/
That’s enough for me for now. I know these bloggers will continue to inspire me. Every single day. Thank you, ladies. Happy Valentine’s Day everyone.
Which bloggers inspire you?
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