The Beginning of the Journey

Becoming a Teacher Blogger has been a journey for me. I can tell you that when I decided I wanted to become a blogger two years ago, I took a leap of faith. I didn’t do it alone, I had Jannese Torres’ Blogging Bootcamp Course to turn to for support. This is and will always be the best investment I made for myself. 

The original idea I had for my blog was for Bilingual Read Alouds. A blog that would highlight picture books for the Bilingual Community. I was so excited for this concept and I was producing as many blog posts as I could. Then I got writer’s block and couldn’t think of ideas to write about. It became a little too overwhelming and my personal life was getting a bit busier.  

The Pivot

When I started my blog, I was on a teaching break and working random jobs that were not related to education. I started to miss teaching 9 months into my break and decided to start reaching out to my contacts to see if there were any opportunities in their schools. Needless to say, the blog was moved to the back burner temporarily. I did not post much for about 3 or 4 months. Then January 2024 came along and I re-ignited my Teachers Pay Teachers Store. That inspired me to make a Pivot from Bilingual Read Alouds to Bilingual Education y Más. 

This Pivot was what I needed to revive my blog from its hibernation. As I worked on my digital products, I simultaneously started to change the domain, Google Analytics, Gmail, Instagram, TikTok, and any links that I had out there to be renamed Bilingual Education y Más. It was sort of trial and error along the way because it was something new for me. I didn’t know what I was doing exactly but I was not going to give up. You may not see it now, but I also upgraded the images on my blog and upgraded the WordPress theme on my blog. 



Where Am I Now?

Now, I feel a lot better about my Pivot from reading aloud picture books to education. It feels like I’m on the right path becoming a teacher blogger. I have also had the opportunity to invest in a couple more mentors that are helping me with my Teachers Pay Teachers Store. 

My blog has another feature that I added recently, a Shop Tab. I already have a TpT store but I added a Blog Shop because I’m adding my digital products. Not everyone has a TpT Account, or is able to make one, and I want to make my products available to more people worldwide. Bilingual Education y Más will continue to provide resources that are digital products, book recommendations, and information for families and all types of education professions. 

Mistakes As A Blogger

Becoming a Teacher Blogger has had some mistakes along the way, but I’ve turned them into learning experiences for me. As simple as the images I displayed, going back and forth on the size I wanted, taking too long designing images. It’s much more simplified and I try to KIS (Keep it Simple). My skills have improved on Canva and it goes much smoother than it did 2 years ago.

Deciding on the WordPress Theme I wanted and trying to see what others were doing was a bit overwhelming. In the end going back and forth helped me to finally decide on a Theme and stick to it. Don’t focus too much on choosing a WordPress Theme and when you finally do, just know that it is another investment you will need to make the blog visually better.

In the end Mistakes are good because you learn from them as you go. Yes, you could pay for someone to design your website and I could have done the same. I wanted to have as much hands-on experience navigating my WordPress Dashboard as I could. Do I understand all of it? No, but I am still learning. 

Balance

Being a teacher blogger and balancing my classroom repsonsibilities can be tricky. Now that I have reignited my focus, I have to be more intentional about how I use my time. Sure there are still periods where I am not posting as much on my blog, but I am also trying to be more intentional. Weekends and School Breaks are times when I take advantage to plan and write for my Bilingual Education y Más. 

Some of the things I do to keep myself semi-organized are: taking notes on my Google Keep, Typing some ideas in my Google Docs,  and writing ideas in a notebook. Accountability is also important and for that I have a blogging accountability partner that I meet with at least once a month. I also go back and check in on my Blogging Bootcamp Alumni Group and Course. If I feel unmotivated, I listen to a podcast to help me stay focused and continue on my journey.  

Blogging Ideas

I get my ideas from previous posts I have created, products that I want to showcase, and Pinterest as always is a great Resource to search for ideas. Chatting with friends always gets the brain flowing with ideas and as more than one of my mentors have said, take breaks, step back, and live life to avoid BurnOut. 

Thank you!

If you have made it this far, Thank you for reading! Let me know if you have been thinking about becoming a blogger or you’re already on the journey. What has been your experience, what kind of Blog do you want, what kind of Blog do you have?  Leave a comment below, I’d love to hear from you and if you have any questions please let me know. 

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