Why You Should Start a Teacher Blog This Summer

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Happy Summer!

I wanted to post today to talk about something that I feel like I’ve been talking about with other teachers a lot lately, and that is: Why You Should Start a Teacher Blog This Summer.

For most of the teachers I’ve talked to on this topic, most have said that it has been on their “list” for quite some time but they either shy away from it because they aren’t “techy” and are unsure of how to get started, or they don’t have time. I had those same doubts when I first started, too, but now realize how I was just holding myself back!

You should start a teacher blog this Summer because:

1.You will Connect and Network with Other Educators and Ultimately, Expand Your #TeacherTribe!

I started blogging a little over a year ago and blogging has enabled me to network and engage with other inspiring educators I never would have met otherwise through the awesome teacher blogger + TpT Seller networks I’ve plugged into.  Through social media and searching other teacher blogs for design inspiration for my own blog, I’ve reached out and connected with teachers who have motivated and inspired me along this journey. These people have ultimately become a little part of my PLN (professional learning network) and I haven’t even met them face to face! I’ve found this teacher-blogger community is so positive and encouraging, that my #teachertribe has definitely expanded for the better.

2. You Can Share Your Voice on Topics that are Important to You

Another reason why you should start a blog this summer is so you can share your unique voice. Another thing that teachers say to me is, “I don’t know what I’d write about that would be different!” There is no other you in the world, so whatever you write WOULD be different! It may take a bit to decide on your niche and find your unique voice, but your perspective is worth sharing with the world! For those who want to be a cheerleader of others and share tips, tricks and encouragement (like me!) then do that! For those who want to share their policy perspectives and comment on the state of education in politics…those conversations are happening anyway so an educators voice is needed! Whatever your unique voice would be, you should share it!

3. You Have Time to Blog.

“But, Kelsey…I don’t have time to blog!” I know you’re thinking it. What did you do this weekend? Binge watch House of Cards? Scroll on social media or Pinterest for hours? You can fit in a few minutes  a day to focus on your blog! I’m not saying binge watching isn’t needed sometimes (self-care is TOTALLY needed!) but if you prioritize even 20 minutes a day or every few days, those minutes add up!

There are thousands of bloggers around the world who have children and other jobs, you just have to find a blogging schedule that works for you!

4. Blogging Gives You a Project or Creative Outlet

If you’re like me, you enjoy projects, creating, and working towards a finished product or end goal. Not only did I want to learn a new skill (graphic design stuff + coding), I wanted the satisfaction of working toward something as a hobby. Even though I blog about my “job”, blogging still has been something I look forward to and get excited to continue to build.

5. It Will Help You Become Better at Your Job

Okay, this one sounds extreme. Designing a blog and writing a blog post won’t necessarily change how you execute lessons in your classroom without effort and planning, but reading other blogs and planning for your own pieces will help you not become complacent. Through blogging I have connected on social media with other teachers in an effort to drive traffic to my own blog. Through this, however, I have seriously met some awesome educators like I described in #1! I have gotten so many ideas, and gained inspiration and motivation from others who are in the trenches just like me every day. From seeing how some visualize a classroom space, to reading about getting real with students to seeing how some execute engaging lessons, I have become better at my job because of blogging.

6. You Can Make Money

You should NOT only start a blog to make money, as if that is your only goal you will probably not be too successful at it. However, once you start blogging and realize you’ll stick with it, you can make money at it! Through ad space on your blog, doing sponsored posts, affiliate links or just driving people to a Teachers Pay Teachers store, a blog can help you supplement your own income while also doing something you enjoy. Have a favorite blogger out there in blog land? I bet they are making money!

Convinced and ready to get started? Get started with Siteground *(affiliate link) and WordPress! 

Want a FREE RESOURCE to get started? Join the community here! Please reach out if you have any questions by commenting, emailing or Tweeting me!

 

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    Lisanne (Fairways and Chalkboards)
    June 16, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    Love this! It’s so true – it’s so great to get to connect with other passionate educators and get some awesome ideas from them. This way, we can share what we’re learning on our own, as well as gain new knowledge from others. Love the post, girl!

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      kelseynhayes
      June 16, 2017 at 7:25 pm

      Thanks for the comment! YOU are a prime example of what I was talking about in #1!!:)

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    Kristin
    June 17, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    I literally just got my blog design yesterday so this rang out to me. I am feeling slightly overwhelmed but excited to connect with others.

    • Reply
      Kelsey
      June 17, 2017 at 12:30 pm

      Don’t be overwhelmed! Have you started with WordPress? if you click and join the email list I’m hopefully going to roll out some content that helps new bloggers really soon!

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    June 20, 2017 at 10:07 pm

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    Ann
    June 23, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    I’m just now getting around to creating a digital portfolio and blog, but I am so inspired by the tribe of teachers I’ve met via social media platforms. Collaboration and support is KEY! Teaching is hard and we have to stick together. Thanks for the great post!

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    kelseynhayes
    June 25, 2017 at 11:33 am

    Thank you so much for your comment! I totally AGREE! This support from the teachers I’ve met on IG/Twitter/Facebook has really helped keep me consistent and get over some humps in terms of blogging. They have been such a support! Let me know if you have any questions about your blog!

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    Lana
    June 28, 2017 at 2:57 am

    I just found your site. Love it! I feel like you wrote this post just for me😃. Thanks for the encouragement! I am a 7th grade science teacher in Lexington, KY.

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      kelseynhayes
      June 28, 2017 at 5:57 pm

      OMG! We will have to do a meet-up sometime! I’m in Louisville but my aunt and some friends teach in Lexington. I also went to UK! Thanks so much for the comment, glad my posts are helpful!

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      kelseynhayes
      June 28, 2017 at 6:01 pm

      I am so happy you started a blog! Let me know if you need any help! I also teach 8th grade (don’t know if we made that connection or not already) and can say that when times are stressful in the middle of the year, having a blog as an outlet helped me chill out 🙂

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