Monday, June 1, 2015

How I Started Blogging

I am linking up with I Heart 3rd Grade to tell you why I started blogging!

I started my blogging journey fourish years ago. When I took maternity leave my blog did too. Lets face it my blog took an extended leave which was kinda sad but I was pregnant with twins, teaching full time and I was tired. Then I had twins...... fast forward two plus years and I think I can finally blog regularly again.
My girls and I

It all started when I was teaching first grade. I was not comfortable in first grade. It wasn't something I had done before, I was at a new school with very little curriculum, I had to do something and I turned to the internet. Pinterest was just starting out and I knew I had to have someone "teach" me how to be a first grade teacher.

Through the power of the internet I feel in love with two first grade bloggers! I discovered more and I MADE IT THROUGH THE YEAR, thanks to Cara Carroll at First Grade Parade and Kristin at Teeny Tiny Teacher.

Since they helped me I thought maybe I had an area of expertise that others would benefit from. I was teaching at the nations first 1 to 1 ischool. So I started my blog with a technology in the classroom focus. That's where First Grade Smart Cookies was born. My firsties were Mrs. Cook's cookies and I blogged like crazy. It was before my girls were born and it was my baby! Then I moved to back 3rd grade (Can I get an AMEN? ) and changed to Teaching In Bronco Country. This was a name that would go with me as long as I was teaching and which ever grade I was teaching and was also very me! I am a diehard Denver Broncos fan and have been since birth!

This was also a place I could share my Teachers Pay Teachers store but it isn't the only focus of my blog.  Sometimes I forget that! Here is my very first post. 

I did my first two blog designs by myself. I was so excited when I worked with Kristy at KristyBear Designs to create a fun blog design that was truly me.  Here is what Teaching In Bronco Country used to look like.



Through the blogging world I have connected with other bloggers, had wonderful opportunities in my classroom and challenged myself to be a better teacher.  I love link ups, blog hops, instagram and all of the other great ways to discover the amazing teachers out there.

Do you blog? How did you start?

4 comments:

  1. Amen to third grade!

    Thank you so much for participating in my linky party! It's great to have you join us!

    Congratulations on your twins! Mom's of multiples are AMAZING! I am always amazed at how organized and productive they are. I am sure you are no exception!

    I am hoping that you will be able to link up throughout the summer!

    Monica

    www.iheartgrade3.com
    www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/I-Heart-Grade-3

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  2. I could never do first grade! Oh my goodness! Thanks for sharing your journey. I'm nervous about going on hiatus once baby #1 comes in November!

    Kristin
    Teaching In A Nutshell

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  3. We have the Oklahoma Thunder here so I love the colors of your blog. I taught first grade for three years and I really believe it was one of the hardest grades to teach because there is soooo much these little bodies need to accomplish, but it is very, very rewarding. I am in this link-up as well, and you can see my post on my blog.
    Tina
    www.twinkleteaches.blogspot.com

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