As a gifted teacher for the public school system, I was proud of working with students and encouraging their high-abilities, yet I have always secretly wanted to do something on a grander scale and it pretty much killed me every day to drop my one-year-old off at the babysitter each day, and not being at home when my 13-year old came home from school.
My personal tragedy
On December 27th of 2010, with only a few days left of our winter break, I was getting a little anxious knowing I would have to return to work, but went about household chores as normal. My little one was taking an extra long nap, which I thought was odd, but after I had finished some vacuuming, I went in to wake him up for lunch and found him having a seizure. Never having direct experience with seizures, at the time, we did not know exactly what was going on, but he was not alert. It was, to date, the most terrifying experience I have ever been dealt, and I prayed I would never have to experience it again.
In the hours after the episode, we were informed that he suffered from a febrile seizure brought on by a temperature that spiked too quickly in a short period of time, and while they were scary, they were not a problem for the most part. He would not have any lasting effects, but there was a 50% chance of additional episodes within 1 year. If he did not have any more, the chances of reoccurrence went way down.
Of course, from the moment I found him so helpless, I knew I would not return to work in my classroom. I could barely sleep as it was after coming home from the Emergency Room – constantly watching the video monitor or rocking him in my arms – I certainly could not imagine him napping at my sitters’ home (even though she would have watched him like her own). So, I did what NO teacher with work does – I submitted my notice, effective immediately.
A tough choice
It was not a hard decision to stay home with my son. It was a hard decision to give up a professional career I had worked hard to achieve. I had a Masters degree plus twelve additional graduate hours, a gifted endorsement, and was active in several professional organizations with speaking and leadership roles. I loved being a professional working mom. It was a lifestyle change for sure!
A teacher friend suggested I start a blog as a way to stay semi-connected with the colleagues I dearly missed. That was the day that Organized Classroom was born.
Check it out – my FIRST website! It was then called The Organized Classroom Blog (which has been rebranded to just Organized Classroom now). My “blog baby” has gone through 3 platform changes: iWeb (which you see below), joomla, and now it lives as a WordPress site. You would think I would cringe to see this as it seems so non-professional, but I loved it then and now it reminds me of my first days learning to insert images and links on a web page. And those are fun memories.
OC grew very quickly in a short period of time and other bloggers were starting to take notice. Several suggested that I should teach other bloggers how to grow their social media followings. They were pretty forceful about getting me out of my own comfort zone.
That is when Teaching Blog Traffic School was born. Here is a screenshot from that first site. It didn’t have a blog or anything on it other than a membership option. Simple, but it was an answer for many teacher bloggers.
Since Teaching Blog Traffic School was created in 2012, we have had over 3,000 teacher bloggers come through the doors. It has evolved several times and across 3 different websites and I am always so humbled when I hear about the successes of TBTS members.
I continue to blog at Organized Classroom, TBTS, and several other of my website creations, including Classroom Freebies (which has over 20+ million page views since it started in 2012)! I would have never dreamed I would be mentioned in Scholastic Instructor Magazine several times and have worked side-by-side on projects with other well-known organizations. My 6-figure annual income from blogging and selling my digital courses and printables at Organized Classroom is something that has blessed our family beyond belief.
So, this is my current classroom. You will find me most days during the winter parked on my family room sofa with my trusty dog on one side and usually the cat perched on the other. In fact, I am comfortably sitting in that spot right now. If I get tired of that view, I might…
Be overlooking a side street from a flat in Paris, or just last weekend, I was poolside to Universal Studios where I was steps away from the theme parks. Working from anywhere really has its advantages.
Using unique marketing tools, like challenges or cross-promotion with other bloggers, allows me to take my business to the next level.
I’m not special
I don’t have a degree in marketing or PR training. I do have a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction. But nothing that I learned in my grad classes taught me about running an online business or challenges – hahahaha. We learn by doing. I am a classroom teacher by trade just like many of you. And I love to teach all sorts of students, whether they are 8 years old and sitting in my 3rd grade classroom or whether they are sitting in front of a computer or phone right now reading these words.
Now that you see anyone can do it, let’s make it happen for you too!
I have spent the last 6 years figuring it out mostly on my own, testing and tweaking as I go along. This saves you time, frustration, and years of having to repeat my mistakes. I took that knowledge and I put it all in one spot to help other teacher sellers so they wouldn’t have to go through the same learning curve as I did.
Doors are now currently open for my signature program, TBTS BoostCamp! This program will get you New Fans and Followers for Teacher Bloggers in 4 Weeks or Less! The doors for TBTS BoostCamp are only open a few times a year. We will be closing them again soon as our next group class is about to start.
I know it’s a great program. And I strive to make sure my members feel the same way, so here are a couple past students sharing their thoughts:
So what is the total value of TBTS BoostCamp? On Average, industry standard says you should get $1-2 per email list subscriber per month. By using TBTS BoostCamp to help you increase your online presence and gain those new subscribers and fans, you are then increasing your bottom line more every day too.
What’s the investment in yourself and your business worth to you?
For me, I have come a long way. Knowing that I can still work with colleagues and have the freedom to choose how often I work inside the traditional classroom walls is something that I am super proud of.
Knowing that my work has not only impacted my own students’ lives, but has touched the minds of teachers and thousands of other students across the world – that is something I am grateful for each and every day.
Are you ready to learn how to do the same for your teacher seller business? We would love to have you join us before the doors close again soon.
See you at TBTS BoostCamp!