The Liebster Award was created to highlight blogs with growing audiences.
The rules for receiving this award are:
1. In your post link back to the blogger who nominated you as a thank you and a 'shout out'.
2. Answer the questions that the tagger set for you plus create 11 questions for the people you've tagged to answer. (The questions I have answered please)
3. Nominate 11 people (Blogs with less than 200 followers) and link them in your post.
4. Let your nominees know and provide them with a link back to your post (so they can see the rules)
5. No nominating the person who nominated you, however send them a thank you :)
These are the questions that Shelley has set for me to answer...
1. Why and how long ago did you start blogging?
I started blogging in June of 2014. While I haven't been a regular once a week, multiple times of week blogger, I wanted to have a place for me to think about my teaching, and verbalize things I'm working on.
2. What one word sums up the heart of your blog and why?
Necessary. I think everyone who teaches should blog. It makes me think about things twice, question things I think are important, and even though I haven't been a very regular blogger, helps me see what ideas and concepts I go to too often, or not enough.
3. Is there something you learned late in your blogging journey you wished you knew before?
I think if I knew it now, I would make the commitment to blog more often, which is actually one of my New Year's Resolutions.
4. What is your favorite past time other than blogging?
Don't think I'm crazy, but I love cleaning. Specifically, organizing. I also love reading (I binge-read books), playing with my dog, a fuzzy white fluff named Cindy Lou Who, and getting ideas for EVERYTHING off Pinterest (I have two accounts! I didn't want to overwhelm my family and friends with music things (which I was), so I have a personal account, and one for my blog/TpT store/music class that you can find here: MrsSMusicRoom.
5. How many hours per week do you dedicate to your blog?
It depends. Until very recently, I had a side job that I've had for years (as in before I student taught). I loved this little retail job, but my schedule was a little erratic. I also don't have children yet. Sometimes I come home from school and work from 5 until bedtime. Other times, I don't work on it at all. It probably averages to a few hours a day.
6. What category of blog posts do you enjoy the most?
Linky Parties! I have loved collaborating with other music teachers and classroom teachers SO much! I really enjoy getting to know other people who not only enjoy similar interests, but also work similarly to me. My teaching job is a shared time job in 3 schools where I am the only music teacher. While I technically have a bunch of music teachers that are in my 'department', we only see each other at the meeting in August unless we choose otherwise. Most of the time, I AM my own department since each school works on a different system and are not technically joined by anything other than getting specials teachers from the same source. It is great to get to collaborate with people.
7. Where does your blog inspiration come from?
It comes from the things I am most excited about in my teaching. I try not to post only product info, but I am sometimes WAY too excited about something I made for my class that I am selling on TpT. I really don't want this to be nothing but a big advertisement.
8. Which post that you've written are you most proud of?
It was actually one of my first posts on music centers. I spent a HUGE chunk of time this summer working on creating materials. I loved showcasing them.
9. Is there any post you have been planning to do, but have been postponing it for a while now?
I actually just posted its few weeks ago! I was about my office/desk on a linky party.
10. What's your favorite aspect of blogging?
Meeting new people and getting new ideas!
11. Which recipe, project, or idea on my blog would you be most likely to try yourself?
Rhythm Basketball! I think it is a brilliant idea!!
My Nominees are:
Rachel Tanenblatt at Music with Mrs. Tanenblatt
Kelly Riley at Kelly Riley's Music Classroom
Claire Burns at Learn Me Music
Thanks SO much, Shelley!