I know… I know.. It has been a l-o-n-g time since I last posted on this blog. To tell you the truth, I was totally lacking in the motivation department. I wanted to make some major changes to my space here and was struggling to come up with relevant ideas now that I am on vacation mode. I was struggling with trying to change my blog design (more on that later!!), I was unsure of the copyright laws protecting myself and the creative people behind all the digital papers, clipart, and fonts that I use, and I wanted to expand my blog audience and TpT store. I didn’t know how or where to start. But, within one day, my lack of motivation disappeared thanks to the TpT Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. My mind is now on overdrive with all the great stuff I learned from interacting with fabulous, creative teachers from across North America and the world.
So, in no particular order, here is what I learned at the TpT conference.
** Be Yourself! **
Whether you are a blogger, a TpT seller, or both, the most important thing to remember is that your blog or products are a reflection of who you are as a teacher/ author/ creator. As one presenter put it, “Why copy someone else when you are an original?”. Don’t be afraid to use you own voice when describing what you are doing with your students and with the products you create to use in your classroom or sell to others. Uniqueness makes you stand out!
** Get connected! **
The biggest part of my lack of motivation was the fact that I was trying to do everything by myself. I was trying to redo my blog on my own (disaster!!), produce and upload products on my own, maintain my TPT store on my own, market my blog and products on my own… you get the picture. I learned that it is okay to reach out and ask for help! There are many teachers, bloggers, designers, and marketing experts out there who are able and willing to help you with whatever you need. Upon my return home, I reached out to a blog designer to help me reboot I Heart Grade 3 since I am not a graphic design expert. I joined Facebook groups to get support and promote my blog and TpT store. I started relationships with seasoned TpT sellers who I admire and started following their blogs and TpT Stores to learn their tricks of the trade.
Here are some pictures of the wonderful TpT Sellers and Milestone achievers I had the pleasure of meeting and chatting with!
** Do your research! **
It is important to stay on top of current education trends and incorporate them into your blog and TpT products. It is also important to protect your rights as a creative identity and to preserve those right of the artists whose talents you may be using in your blog posts and TpT products. READ ALL THE FINE PRINT! We all have a valuable role to play in protecting creative/ intellectual property!
I feel extremely honoured to have been a part of the very first Teachers Pay Teachers Supercharge Seller’s Success Convention. The energy was contagious, the speakers were motivating, and I left the conference with great new friends and a million ideas to get me out of my summertime blogging sadness!
I can’t wait to share everything with all of you!
Have a great day!