Reflecting on 2014 and Looking Ahead

Time for a little flashback to last year. Last January 1, here is what I had for my 2014 goals:

"I'm going back to my roots. When I started this blog, it was mostly ideas - classroom management ideas, project ideas, and organizational idea. As I got braver, I started adding in curricular activities that we were doing. That's when I felt like I was really connecting with everyone out there in the blogosphere, so I want to get back to doing mostly that. Occasionally, I would still like to do freebies and giveaways, because who doesn't like free stuff?!"

UPDATE - I feel that I did really well with this. My highest-viewed posts in 2014 were my {Bright Ideas} posts. 

So what am I going to stop doing? Self-promoting. Because, personally, I don't like to read blogs where all the blogger is doing is promoting their TpT products. Although I can think of about two exceptions to that opinion, but I knew that's what they did when I chose to follow them. Anyway, so I'm going to stop promoting on my blog just for the sake of promoting. However, I will share about one of my products if I use it in my classroom. I promote other people's products that I use, so I can promote my own that I use.

UPDATE - Yep, stuck to that for the most part! *pats self on back*

And there will be some company product reviews. Because, honestly, I like getting free stuff, too!

UPDATE - Did a lot of that, too ;)

That being said, here is what you can expect if you follow me other places online in 2014:

Facebook - Updates on blog posts, sharing things that I find funny or true, sharing giveaways, update you on new products, and various flash freebie and sale announcements.

UPDATE - I really grew my online presence this year and did a nice job sticking to this.

TpT - Product updates. I guess that's pretty obvious.


Pinterest - Pins from my blog, my TpT store, giveaways, and interesting things that I find. I also pin things for friends that ask me to help promote their products. Just being honest.

UPDATE - Did pretty well on Pinterest. Left a lot of the collaborative boards, so I didn't pin a ton for others the second half of 2014. And that's okay.

Instagram - Honestly, I don't post here a lot. If fact, not really at all. Maybe that will change in 2014, but I'm not making any promises.

UPDATE - Still learning the IG nuances, but thanks to those of you who stuck with me during the Blog Hoppin' scavenger hunt.
Now on to 2015...

I really like my 2014 social media and TpT goals/guidelines and want to maintain those.

I need to recommit myself to myself and my family. The close reading products that I started in 2014 took a lot of time. A. LOT. OF. TIME. Although I'm thrilled with the results, I am not okay with the time it took from my family. And me. So 2015 is going to be about balancing my priorities. I'm sure many of you are with me on that one. And I know that it's easier said than done...

See what others are doing in 2015 or add your own thoughts at {Passion in a Portable Land}.

1 comment

  1. Thanks for linking up Diane! Your Blog has been such an inspiration to me this past year! I value your thoughts and wisdom! I like that you are going to devote more of your time to your family in 2015! Balance is very important! It helped me so much even though I had to step away from the blog for a few months. Have a great week back to school! Stay warm!



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