Proposal Writing

So, I did it.  I submitted my first solo conference proposal.  It isn’t the most elegant proposal ever, but I’m proud to say that I submitted it.  What’s the worst they can say?  No.

I’ve always said I want to be like amazing librarians like Nikki Robertson or Jen LaGarde.   I may or may not stalk their websites on and off, reading blog posts they post, and otherwise just wanting to be them.  Not because they lead glorious lives (maybe they do, I can’t truly say…) but because they stand up in front of people, possibly hundreds of people, and they don’t ever seem nervous, they don’t appear afraid.  They are out there, their words and ideas are being heard, and frankly I would like that too.

I have anxiety when it comes to speaking in front of my peers.  Now, this seems weird for a teacher who stands up and talks in front of students daily, but teaching and speaking in front of peers are really two different things.  I work with a group of high school color guard girls, and I’m perfectly fine.  But going in front of a crowd of librarians or tech people… shoot, that is just a lot.

Here’s the “but”.   But, I want to speak in front of people.  I want to be a google trainer someday.  And I know I have to start somewhere.  Everybody does, right?  This conference is a local conference – a google conference.  I figure, why the heck not start there?  So, I typed stuff up, submitted it, and yeah.   We will see.  I’m excited to just say, yes, I took that jump, and I submitted a proposal.  Go me.

Level 2 Certification Obtained

imageI don’t know how this slipped by me, but I forgot to announce that I am a Level 2 Certified Google Edicator!!! I’m quite excited. I really had to work hard for this level, but I’m so excited that I was successful!  I have been sharing this with my colleagues, trying to get them to look into this as well, at least the Level.  With so many schools now being GAFE schools, it just makes sense that they should go out and work on ways to increase their usage of GAFE at school.  I know that many don’t utilize it as best as they could, so I’m trying to be the role model for my building.

Ive been using more GAFE in my library lessons, as well as using Slides specifically in combination with Nearpod.  But, I’ll leave my quest for that certification for another post.  Until later…

Importing Old Posts

Yesterday I spent a little bit of my day importing posts from my old blog on my website to this blog.  Why, though?  Why does it matter?

I think it matters because I have been writing a blog for a while.  It was just hosted on my webpage, which serves more as a portfolio than a true blogging medium.  It was not the centerpiece, but buried in a link.  A prominent link, but a link all the same.  I have all of these ideas that I have been sitting on, almost hiding, for some time now, and now they are finally out in the world for more to see.  They are no longer kind of hidden thoughts, but prominently out there.  I even changed over my twitter webpage link to this one!

I think once I’m truly in a place I want to be professionally, I will combine the two, make the blog the more prominent.  The portfolio information will be there, but not play as important of a role.  I won’t need to highlight things like my education and projects so much as show off what I have been doing in my library through my blog, which I am starting to do now.

What do you think?  Am I being a bit redundant?  Should I combine things now and forget it?  Or is it smart to focus more on the blogging and leave the portfolio be?


Designing a Blog

I want to talk a bit about designing a blog.  You can say you want to write a blog, but it still has to look good!  I’ve spent the better part two days really trying to decide on this blog, this look, feel, even the name!  This is not quick work if you want to do it right!

Before I did anything, I had to decide on a site to host.  I have my own website, where my blog has been hosted.  But, I want to keep this separate from it.  I want it to be independent, its own entity, if you will.  I will eventually import some of my better blog posts, but that will be a bit. So, I had to decide.  I looked at both WordPress and Blogger.  Why did I decide on WordPress over Blogger?  Main reason, honestly?  Someone already took reademption on Blogger.  I’ve used WordPress for a few years as my website template, so I’m familiar with it, but I don’t want to host it on my domain just yet.  Again, wanted them to be separate.  So, here we are.

imageThen, of course, is the blog name.  This was difficult.  I am really not that creative when it comes to wordsmithing.  Thank goodness for a talented partner who knows me well.  He was able to come up with Reademption and the reasons why… I’ve incorporated it into my about page.

So, I’ve got the platform, I’ve got the name.  I set that all up, no problems.  But, here’s the
fun but tricky part.  A theme.  I’m all about WordPress free themes…. usually.  But this time I could not find one that really made me happy!  I went through about 10 overall.  I have settled on this theme, Sorbet, for now.  The downside to not hosting it on my own site, though, is that I can’t do as much customization as I normally would.  Eventually I will, just like all else, but for now, to get this baby started, we’re starting here.

imageAfter that, it’s just finetuning, figuring out what widgets and menus I want, and then from there, it’s all about posting.  So, there you have it.  My take on designing a blog.