My favorite photos will be scattered throughout this post and may not have anything to do with the content!
Originally, due to the horrible Mexican restaurants in Utah, (you've heard my rants on this before) I thought I'd review restaurants and local businesses. I would get discovered, become a famous local reviewer, and viola, make a little money in the process.
Instead, I found more support in the on-line sewing and quilting community. Book blog people can be snobby and no one ever looks at the links on book linky parties. Camping and outdoor blogs don't have linky parties. I've rarely had a bite (get it? a bite?) on the linky parties for recipes. As for local restaurants and businesses, it appears that the local newspapers have the corner on that market.
I asked a few blogging friends for advice, and it was all fabulous. I asked if I should keep my blog the same. Should I narrow it down to just sewing and quilting? Should I actively try to generate new followers? How much time does that take?
I have decided keep my blog the same with some minor changes until April when I have to take an language arts test for teachers. And it is all former President Bush's fault and the ill-fated No Child Left Behind Act. (If everyone can blame current and past presidents for anything that may be wrong, silly as it is, so can I!) You see, even though I have taken, and passed (with flying colors I might add) teaching and content tests in all the states that I have worked in, have taught successfully and with great evaluations for 19 years, was the 'Secondary Special Education Professional of the Year' last year, and the State of Utah found I was qualified enough to issue me a teaching certificate, somehow, according to NCLB, I am not highly qualified to teach English. Math, yes. English , no.
Am I bragging? No. Well, maybe a little. But I wanted you to see the ridiculousness of me having to take a test to show I'm highly qualified to teach English. Good grief. I am a special education teacher. I'm just trying to get my awesome students to put periods on the ends of their sentences. Teaching iambic pentameter in Shakespeare's Sonnet 18 is not going to help with their life skills.
Alas, I must study obscure poetry references, past participles, and gerund phases. Oh yes, I still have a family, a job, church, and most importantly, I have to help my son prepare to leave for missionary service in February. Thus, my time commitment to my blog will remain the same as it has always been. I am actually quite happy with this decision at the moment. I love my blog. I love my followers. I am such a slow seamstress, it is amazing that I post any sewing at all.
I do have a few goals for the year that hopefully won't take too much time away from studying. Or maybe sub-consciously I hope they do take time from studying!
I joined Pile O' Fabric's 'Skill Builder Block of the Month.' That won't be too hard to keep up with. And if I get behind, there is always spring break and summer to catch up. I also might write a guest post for another, bigger blog. More on that to come. Those are my only blogging goals so far this year.