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Dear Readers,

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

2,087 Visitors

46 Countries

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!


Jennifer Bardsley


  1. jengod says:

    Ignore the crazy people on the Internet. They are crazy! (I used to be a pro blogger, and the readers are a peril of the job, LOL.) Seriously, you don’t owe anyone any kind of explanation for (a) blogging, (b) trying to make a profit, (c) trying to educate your kids, (d) combining all three. I think you are doing outstanding stuff here and you’ve quickly become a must-read site for me.

    Haters gotta hate, but you don’t have to listen to them! Stay strong, chica, you’re awesome.

  2. Claire H. says:

    I’m so sorry you had a bad experience. Unfortunately, the pseudoanonymity of the ‘net can bring out the worst in people. I’ve had people say things to me online that I’m 99.999% sure they would never say to my face IRL. I try to live by the rule to be as civil online as I would be in a face-to-face conversation. There have been a handful of times when I’ve gotten upset and said something rude, but I’ve always gone back once I’ve calmed down and apologized for being out of line. I hope you get an apology from the individual in question.

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