I started this blog six months ago in order to share my ideas about education and to help offer parents of small children a roadmap of what they could do to encourage early literacy skills before their children started Kindergarten. When my own son Bruce was 18 months old, I had come across Glenn Doman’s book Teach Your Baby to Read and tried to implement that approach closely. Unfortunately, I was left with the impression that it was a bunch of baloney. So instead, I cobbled together ideas from my experience teaching Kindergarten and wouldn’t you know it? Bruce was sounding out words by 2 and a half and reading simple books by age three.
Over the past six months I have learned a lot from the ideas and experiences my blog readers have shared. I have also enjoyed reading other people’s blogs about education (mostly from homeschoolers). When I eventually go back to becoming a classroom teacher, I am going to have a lot more to offer! But right now my children really need me to be home. In our state, teacher pay is so low that if I went back to work now I would barely make any money after paying for day care. Blogging has been a nice outlet for me to feel like I can still make a contribution to education.
Which brings me to money, because I want to be really clear about my motive for blogging. It’s right there at the top of my blog: “Helping you ensure that your child is academically advantaged, regardless of age, ability, or socio-economic level.”
A while back I paid $30 to take Blog.com’s advertisements off my site. I also signed up to be an Amazon Affiliate, with the hopes of someday being able to make back that $30. What I have found is that it is a lot more convenient to cut and paste the Amazon Affiliate widget into my blog than it is to take a picture of a book I own, then upload it to the computer, than upload it to my blog, than cut and paste it into the post, and then find a normal Amazon link to put under it. With the Amazon Affiliate link, I get a picture and link all in one. Plus, it doesn’t take up so much storage space in my blog from having to upload pictures. On almost all of my posts I always suggest checking your local library first.
A few weeks ago I signed up to be an All About Spelling Affiliate too, because as an educator (and a horrible speller!) I am honestly blown away by the quality of the program. But I am not a mercenary, and here are my blog statistics to back that up.
February 28th – July 27th
4,366 Visits (2,803 in the past month)
12.729 Page Visits
Top Ten Countries: US, Canada, UK, Australia, Brazil, New Zealand, India, China and Singapore
Amazon Affiliate Account: $7.12
All About Spelling Account: $29.92
I have not received any checks yet from either affiliate account. I think you have to hit a certain dollar threshold to be paid, and then pay taxes on that to boot! So you can see that I am being truthful when I say that hopefully some day in the future (maybe!) I will be able to make up the $30 it took to take the Blog.com advertisements off my site.
I feel like I need to publicly share this information after being cyber-bullied. In the next few weeks, I will also be editing a lot of my previous posts in order to remove pictures of my children in order to better protect their privacy. Luckily, Jenna has her hair in her face in a lot of them, so I can keep those!