How to Do a Blogging Mid-Year Check-In

Simple Ideas for a Mid-Year Blogging Check-In

As July has seemingly appeared from nowhere it occurred to me yesterday that over half a year has slipped by.

I’ve never really focused on a mid-year check-in before. I actively track my stats, growth and client data every month in my Bullet Journal which allows me to see progress over a long period of time, but any goals and plans I usually set are long-term (often with a deadline of twelve months).

At the point where I decided to take blogging more seriously I had two goals that were my sole focus: to replace my teaching job with my own social media business, and to hit a million views, and I worked incredibly hard to achieve them. Once I had done both, it was almost like the fire went out – I made the crucial mistake of not setting something meaningful to work on. Admittedly, I took my foot off the gas, sat back and coasted along because, quite frankly, it was easy to stay in my comfort zone and within the deliriously happy little bubble that I had built for The Bloke and I. Continue reading

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A Long Awaited Teaching Buzz…

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I earned my wages today. I’ve taught five lessons, sent letters out to the entire Year 7 cohort, ran rehearsals with my sixth formers and the day culminated in a very successful concert in which the students kicked ass.

And do you know what? I loved every minute of it. I’ve been so stressed out with the sheer level of coursework I’ve had to print off and file after being ill and tired for so long, that I almost forgot why I do what I do.

I must admit – I was dreading it earlier in the week. The students that I work with, while talented, are not exactly the most motivated when it comes to practising in their own time and I was concerned that we would get to the rehearsals and have lots of work to do, but they were absolutely brilliant, to the point where I had to stop myself from running over to them all and giving them a massive hug. They had invited their friends and family, who all applauded and cheered them when they had finished and the look on their faces when they were leaving was that of sheer pride. And I was proud of them too – I’ve watched them grow from squeaky 15 year olds into young adults, and I’m going to miss those that are leaving at the end of this year.

This. This is why I do the job. This is why I lose sleep, why I’m up early and go to bed late, why I have dreams about being in a school and not knowing where my classes are, why I have had to turn down nights out with friends… Days like today have reminded me that the sheer buzz that is to be gained from observing students achieving things far beyond even their own expectations makes it worth it.

I’ll sleep well tonight, and I’m sure they will too!

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Well, That’s Just Awesome!

The last twenty-four hours have been awesome. Why?

1. It’s the weekend.

2. I’ve found out that my friend has bought me tickets for me and The Bloke to go and see the David Bowie costume exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London when we go next weekend. So excited!

3. I gained a blogging milestone. I awoke today to find that after only blogging for 4 months I had gained my 1600th follower, and had received over 25,000 views. Yes, I know that others have achieved more, but I’m proud of my little blog.

And finally…
4. The ever lovely Jolene from ‘Valley Girl Gone Country’ bestowed me with the ‘Medal of Awesomeness’.

This is only passed onto one person at a time, and I was truly blown away by the nomination. It’s, well, awesome!!!

Here’s how this award works:

1. [Proudly] display the Medal of Awesomeness on your page.
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2. Give a shout out to your nominator.

3. Nominate one of your favorite fellow bloggers to receive the Medal of Awesomeness so he or she can be as awesome as you.

4. Tell us 20 song lines or lyrics that best describe you/your life.

5. Your lyrics cannot have any reference to cats.  None.

And, wait for it, here is my nomination. It has to be Scottishmomus. I’ve nominated her for awards before because I love her blog. I understand her poetry, I her posts are witty and make me smile, and her comments are thoughtful and supportive. She deserves it, because she’s awesome.
And now for the song lyrics. Twenty lines??? I was just going to copy a really rude Tenacious D song, but I’ll try and be a bit more creative.

Journey – Don’t Stop Believing
Don’t stop, believing
Hold on to that feeling

The Goo Goo Dolls – Iris
When everything’s made to be broken,
I just want you to know who I am

Snow Patrol – Chasing Cars
If I lie here
If I just lay here
Would you lie with me
And just forget the world.

Warrant – Found Forever
I see it out on the horizon
The clouds are clearing from my vision today

Black Lace – Agadoo
Ag-a-doo-doo-doo,
Push pineapple, shake the tree
Aga-doo-doo-doo,
Push pineapple, grind coffee
To the left, to the right, jump up and down and to the knees
Come and dance every night,
Sing with a hula melody

And finally, Billy Joel’s ‘You May Be Right’.
You may be right
I may be crazy
But it just may be a lunatic you’re looking for.

Thanks Jolene. In the words of Bill Withers:
And I know it’s gonna be
A lovely daaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!