Here is where I think problems are coming from...just my little ol' opinion, so please keep that in mind. =)
99% of us are here because we love our job and want to do what is best for our kiddos. We then hope that we can somehow touch someone else and help them out too.
For many of us, blogging is fun but also scary. Put us in a room full of little kiddos and we are at ease. Put us in a room of peers and colleagues that we think might be judging us and it is almost like high school all over again. A 6 year old will be honest and tell you that you look pregnant or that your hair looks weird BUT at the end of the day that still love you and think you hung the moon.
As new blogs pop up on the radar every day and new and creative activities are added to TpT stores hourly, we can start to see things as a competition. It is easy to have our focus shift and we sometimes forget why we started blogging. Everyone has their reasons and I think it is good to remind ourselves of that often.
I think when we blog about what is happening in our classrooms we often feel vulnerable because our classroom is where our heart is. Inviting someone to come in and take a peek around is what we do each time we share a blog post. I am not sure about you but I HATE having people come watch me teach. I know I am VERY hard on myself and then I start worrying about what others think...we are talking about passing out, ulcers, and vomit!!! I need to consider hanging this at home and in my classroom. =)
For a long time, I was scared to show my heart when I blogged. I played it safe by sharing *freebies*. Although *freebies* are great, I know that is not what I work to bring and put into my classroom each day. I know I will never be the blog that shares cute anchor charts. I'll leave that to Cara and Abby...and many more other fabulous artists. =)
I had to stop and ask myself Why am I blogging? How do I want God to use my blog? and What glimpses of my heart can I share?
I started thinking of my blog as a heart map. What are the parts about my classroom and teaching that I love the most?
I think when you find those parts you are ready to take that risk and vulnerability...you start blogging from the heart. We fall in love with the funny hearts, the creative hearts, the crafty hearts, the inspiring hearts, the smorgasbord hearts....there are all kinds of bloggy hearts out there. Be courageous and share YOUR heart.
Think of this with all people God brings into your life...
I am honored and humbled each time you stop by.
I am blessed and touched by each heart note that you leave.
God has put YOU where He needs you.
From My Heart to Yours,