Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Blogging? What?

So, I guess I'm blogging now.  Weird.

Tonya, from Tonya's Treats for Teachers, has done a great job helping me and our friend Carla get started by teaching us some of the tricks of the trade. Here we are geeking out on our computers discussing ideas after dinner and hanging out.

I have had SO many questions about how to make things, get graphics centered (still working on that one, eek!), and make things look the way I want them to look. Basically, google and I have become BFFs. I still can't figure out how to get text on my header, so let's just call this blog a work in progress. Also, I have a newfound respect for all you other teacher-bloggers. Your blogs look so amazing!

Tonya told me I should link up with folks through Linky Parties...to which I asked, "What the heck is a Linky Party?!" But they sound fun, so if I can get that figured out, maybe I'll connect with more of you soon.

In the meantime, let me know your tips & tricks for a new blogger in the comments! So far, I have just set up my blog and put up two items in my Teachers Pay Teachers store. Feel free to check them out. Both are free, and we all love free!


  1. Great first entry. I can't wait to see how this blog and your materials on teachers pay teachers evolves. I'm glad you are now part of the blog-sphere! Go virtual or go home! And, I think everyone desires an extra minute for lunch!

  2. EEKKKK...so glad to see you here! I just LOVE your name! You know where to find me if you need ANYTHING girl!

    Tonya’s Treats for Teachers

  3. Welcome to your new addiction! My tip is to read every blog you can get your hands on. And try to post for a couple on linky parties like Farley's Currently. You can find some neat blogs and create some traffic to your blog.

    Great name! Following you now:)

    My Teacher Friend

  4. Such a cute name and background! I love melonheadz or 3AM Teacher for clipart (they usually offer some great freebies), and Kimberly Geswein for fonts. Ladybug's Teacher Files also has some GREAT blogger tutorials. Good Luck!

    :) Kaitlyn
    Smiles and Sunshine

  5. Hey there!

    Super cute!! Here are some free clipart borders that I love!

    Check out her shop and she has quite a few items. I love Scrappin Doodles clipart and Ashley Hughes!!

    Advice- Go out and follow other blogs and comment on their blog posts, leaving a link back to your blog so they can visit you. That's a great way to get more followers, but more importantly, to learn from others! And, linky parties are huge!! :O)

    Collaboration Cuties

  6. Hello! Welcome to the blogging world! I just found your blog through Tonya's blog. Love your layout. As with the other above comments, I also buy clip art from Scrappin' Dooodles, Ashley Hughes, or Ginger Snaps. There's tons of it!

    The REAL Teachers of Orange County

  7. Hi! I found you through one of my favorite bloggers, Tonya! You are sure in goods hands with her as your helper:) I love the clipart mentioned above and also love kpmdoodles.com.

    One piece of advice I have is to comment on other blogs as often as you can. It only takes seconds and you never know how you can brighten someone's day with a little comment. It helps build great relationships with other bloggers too!
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  8. Welcome to the blogging world. I'm super new at this, so I don't have much advice to share, other than I agree, that comments are a great way to meet bloggers and make it feel like someone is actually listening to your rambles!

    I also like Melonheadz clipart!

    Looking From Third to Fourth

  9. I am follower #12!!! Your blog looks great and I absolutely love your name. It's so true. Can't wait to hear your ideas. I'm off to check out your TPT.

  10. I forgot to add that I have found some amazing clipart by going to TPT and just searching for free clipart.

  11. Welcome, welcome , welcome friend!!! So happy you joined us in blogland! :) I'm looking forward to reading about your journey! :)

    I still feel pretty new to blogging, but I love fonts from Jen Jones at Hello Literacy. She has great FREE fonts. Also... Rowdy in Room 300 has some FREE fonts that are super cute! :)

    I usually just get on TPT or Pinterest and search free frames and borders.

    Tips.... change your profile so you are not a no-reply commenter... and take off the "type this in to prove you're a person".


  12. Welcome to the blogging world!! My tips would be to link up with Manic Monday at Classroomfreebies.com and to link up with Farley at the beginning of each month. It is a great way to get traffic and to also see lots of blogs in one place.

    Here is a clipart seller on TpT who is up and coming!

    And I have some fonts that have a super easy commercial license included. http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Super-Cute-Fonts-with-commercial-license

    Good luck!

  13. Thanks so much for the freebies!! Good luck with blogging. It's SOOO addictive :) Welcome!


  14. Your blog is adorable! I don't know how to do a lot of things..just trail and error:-)

    Chickadee Jubilee

  15. Found my way here via Tonya. I don't know how you bloggers do it...and I mean both technology-wise and time-wise! More power to you! Ditto the above comment to look for free clip art on TPT; you can find some great things to get you started!

  16. Congratulations on your new adventure...and what an adventure it will be! Tonya was a big help to me in the beginning as well. I LOVE clip art from Scrappindoodles, Ashley Hughes, Melonheadz, and Krista Wallden. You can also go on Etsy and get some great stuff (sometimes on sale when you favorite their shop) from KPM Doodles and Moo&Puppy for backgrounds. Best wishes and happy creating!

    Third Grade All Stars

  17. I love the blog name! I found you through Tonya! What a great blog mentor :) I wish I had someone as awesome as her mentoring me!

    My advice to you is to comment on other blogs as much as possible! You brighten someones day, and you learn so much from the collaboration back and forth!

    Here's one of my favorite bloggers with cute free fonts:

    Happy blogging!


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  19. Love the name of you new blog! I haven't had the guts to start blogging yet, so I am very proud of you for taking that gigantic step. You have a great mentor. I love Tonia's blog.

    www.dafont.com/ www.kevinandamanda.com/fonts/

  20. Welcome to blogging!!! I would say definitely take your time, and I try not to keep up with anyone else, because then I start worrying too much!! Participate in linkys and giveaways, and enjoy the ride. A great link to start out with is Farley's Currently linky, she does them every month. Here's the link the to latest one: http://ohboy3rdgrade.blogspot.com/2013/02/currently-february.html

    Enjoy the ride!!

    The Daily Alphabet

  21. I admire you for starting a blog! I love your name, so clever! I haven't found the courage yet, and am new to even reading from all the great blogs out there! I found you through Tanya, it's awesome that she's helping you! :)

    One of the blogs I like for ideas and/or fonts is http://acupcakefortheteacher.blogspot.com/

    Good luck!

  22. Well, of course I found you through Tanya's blog!! Welcome to the blogging world. I have been doing this for about 9 months now, and I still love it and I am still learning a lot as I go!

    I love Ashley Hughes (TPT) who is also known as The School Supply Addict and she has some great clip art and backgrounds. Here is a link for some of her free stuff.
    Ashley Hughes

    My Journey to 5th Grade

  23. Welcome to blogging! I found you through Tanya's site. I am pretty new to this too! I am learning as I go! Experience is the best teacher. Check out my site. I am running my first give away! Enter for a freebie.



  24. Welcome to the blogging world! You'll love it!

    Primary Inspired

  25. Thank you all for the amazing tips and resources! I am already learning SO much! I appreciate all of your help!

    Twenty-Six Minutes for Lunch

  26. Hmmm. My biggest tip would be to set a goal for posting (once a week, once a month, every other day) and stick to it. I started last summer and fell off the boat quickly. I will be starting up again. I just found my time getting away from me.

    Good luck in your journey!

  27. P.S. I'm very successful following blogs when the "follow by email" feature is enabled. I don't visit my Google Reader very often... :)

  28. It's a slippery slope. I am always thinking how I can turn something into a post! Take lots of pictures of activities you do in case you need them to illustrate your posts! Caitlin (www.The-Room-Mom.com)