Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Stop the Time Suckers

Stop the Time Suckers

Summer is winding down for many. You may or may not have accomplished that giant to-do list you created right after school was out for the summer. Hopefully, you were able to get a few things crossed off the list.

What I find to be my downfall are TIME SUCKERS. You know them by Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, the TPT Forums, email, and on and on. You think you are only going to spend just a couple of minutes checking something. And then, WHAM! You've spent 2 hours of doing nothing but social media. It's true and you know it.

What do you do about it now that school is going to be starting soon? TURN THEM OFF! Yes, that's what I said. Turn them off. If you have 3 things you want to accomplish for the day, you will not get them done by being on social media. Turn them off until you complete those 3 things. Turn off the notifications and the sounds so you aren't tempted to look.

Yes, I've been there. Yes, I've gotten myself lost on social media and not completed my tasks.

Maybe there's a 12-step program for this. But you don't have time for it now. Summer is ending and you still want to create 5 more resources before going back to school.

This is go-cold-turkey time.

You can do this!


Monday, July 25, 2016

Motivational Monday

Feel free to join us in the Facebook group if you haven't already.

Take that first or next step in your goals! Have a great week!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Pinterest Tips Part 5

Pinterest Tips Part 5 add save button and pinterest widget

In Part 1, we talked about setting up your Pinterest account and boards. In Part 2, we talked about pinning and repinning things. In Part 3, we discussed creating pins. Part 4 is some additional thoughts and tips on Pinterest. For Part 5, we'll talk about adding a Pinterest Widget and the Pin It (Save) Button.

Pinterest Widget
Just an FYI. My blog is on Blogger. There are Wordpress directions on Pinterest. The Pinterest Widget can be added to the sidebar or bottom of your blog. I put mine at the bottom. I don't know the best place. I just don't like a cluttered sidebar.
↬ Go to Pinterest's Widget Builder page here.
↬ Choose Profile. In the Pinterest User URL box, delete the wording and paste your Pinterest URL in the box. Be sure when you copy your Pinterest URL you are on your profile page not your feed or a specific board.
Pinterest Tips Part 5 add save button and pinterest widget
↬ Choose the size you would like your Widget to be. Mine is a Custom size (115x120x900). I probably had some thought to that but not sure what it was. I guess that is what fit on my blog.
A code will come up in the bottom box. Copy the code in the first box.
Pinterest Tips Part 5 add save button and pinterest widget
↬ To add the code, you need to add a Gadget to your blog. Click the Layout button and Add a Gadget.
Pinterest Tips Part 5 add save button and pinterest widget

Pinterest Tips Part 5 add save button and pinterest widget
↬ In the pop-up box, paste the code under content. You don't need to put anything in for the Title unless you want to. Click Save.
Pinterest Tips Part 5 add save button and pinterest widget

★ ★ If you don't know what you are doing with HTML, check out this blog post from Goyllo to know how to backup your template and all blog posts. ★ ★  
↬ Copy the bottom code from the Pinterest Widget Builder page. Then you need to go into your HTML. Click on the Template button and Edit HTML.
Pinterest Tips Part 5 add save button and pinterest widget

Pinterest Tips Part 5 add save button and pinterest widget
↬ Click  inside the HTML code box. Click Command+F (Mac) or Control+F (PC) to bring up the search box. Search for </body>. You will paste the second Widget Builder code right above </body>. Delete "async defer" from the code. Click Save Template. You now have Pinterest Widget on your blog.

Save (Pin It) Button
↬ To add the Save (Pin It) Button to your blog, you are going to go to the same Pinterest Widget Builder page. Click on Save Button.
Pinterest Tips Part 5 add save button and pinterest widget
↬ Choose which type you would like. Also, click on Round and/or Large if you want. I use the hover button.
↬ Copy the HTML code that appears in the box.

★ ★ If you don't know what you are doing with HTML, check out this blog post from Goyllo to know how to backup your template and all blog posts.  ★ ★ 
↬ Go into your HTML. Click on the Template button and Edit HTML.
↬ Click  inside the HTML code box. Click Command+F (Mac) or Control+F (PC) to bring up the search box. Search for </body>. You will paste the Save Button code right above </body>. Delete "async defer" from the code. Click Save Template. You now have a Save Button on your blog.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

TPT Conference: The Magic Starts with You

TPT Conference: The Magic Starts with You

I spent a few days last week in Orlando, Florida attending the TPT Conference. If you did not have a chance to attend, I highly recommend going next year. If it isn't possible, try to find a meetup or host a meetup in your area. While attending a smaller meetup is not quite the same as the conference, they do give you an opportunity to connect with other sellers.

I arrived on Tuesday in time for the Cool Kids Meet Up. Kayse Morris and Sherri Tyler were our hostesses for the dinner. It was a great time to spend with other sellers just relaxing and eating. We even had some photo ops with Goofy and Pluto.
TPT Conference: The Magic Starts with YouTPT Conference: The Magic Starts with You

After dinner, I attended the Florida Welcome Social. A big THANK YOU to the Florida Bloggers who hosted! I had so much fun catching up with sellers I met last year or talk to online. I also met some new people.

On Wednesday, we started our day with breakfast, connecting with sellers and a fabulous Keynote. We were motivated by Amy, Director of Seller Happiness, Adam, CEO, and Jen Bengel before the sessions started. Then it was on to two sessions before lunch. I attended Kayse Morris's session on making videos and Michele Luck's (Michele Luck's Social Studies) session on marketing at conferences. My takeaways from Kayse: video is becoming "the" thing, start making videos (teacher tips, products, etc). Michele's session was very informative on the ins and outs of exhibiting at conferences.

I spent lunch with some great gals from the Lesson Deli blog. We were able to catch up with each other and talk about our morning sessions.
TPT Conference: The Magic Starts with You

Wednesday afternoon consisted of two more sessions. I heard some great information from Meg Anderson (The Teacher Studio). Takeaways include being an expert in your area, stay current in education, and provide rigor in your resources. My last session on Wednesday was hearing some "real truths" from Erin Cobb (Lovin' Lit). I love how honest and up front she is! She provided some great reminders that I sometimes forget (spend 80% of your time creating products).

Wednesday night was spent at the Blogger Teacher Meet Up. Again, another fabulous time relaxing and talking with other sellers.

On Thursday, we had the pleasure of eating breakfast outside and doing a Q&A with Team TPT. It was a bit warm but enjoyable. This was beautiful scenery on the way to breakfast.
TPT Conference: The Magic Starts with You

My Thursday sessions started out with Sherri Tyler (Literary Sherri) & Mary Beth Nerone (Brain Waves Instruction) speaking about putting together a meet-up. We had a lot of fun! They provided some great ideas that I hope to put into action.
TPT Conference: The Magic Starts with You

Next up was listening to Angela Watson. My takeaways from her session include staying current in education, you don't have to do it all, and solve your potential customer's problem.

During lunch, I attended Noelle Pickering's (Maneuvering the Middle) session on developing a business strategy. All I can say is figure out your WHY and watch this TED Talk.

After lunch, I learned from Jodi Durgin (Clutter-Free Classroom) about making products useful for homeschooling parents and listened to a panel of sellers about Mastermind groups.

We ended the conference with Happy Hour - more socializing and connecting with other sellers. On the way back to the hotel, I was fortunate to see a double rainbow over the Disney Boardwalk. The top bow is a bit hard to see.
TPT Conference: The Magic Starts with YouTPT Conference: The Magic Starts with You

I enjoyed this year a bit more than last year as I knew more of what to expect. I also had met some people last year and enjoyed catching up with them. I did not have as much anxiety that's for sure! I appreciated hearing things such as quality matters, that you need to stay current in educational trends and pick the ones that are right for your business, that TPT is a business, that you need to focus on what is best for you at this time, and that connecting and collaborating in all aspects of your business is important.

While another great conference is behind us, it's what lies ahead that matters. Hearing from amazing sellers is one thing, but it's what you do with the information. Did you write it all down just to tuck it away in a notebook on the shelf? Or are you going to take action? Taking action is what makes going to the conference (or reading the professional development book, or listening to the business podcast, or watching the Pinterest webinar) worth it! I am in the process of writing my list of action steps. My first one is to start working in videos. What actions are you going to take?

Monday, July 18, 2016

Motivational Monday


Grab hold of your dreams and passion and set some goals for what you are choosing. Have a great week!

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

New Facebook Group

I am finally back from the TPT Conference. I will post some thoughts this week. I did want to let everyone know that I started a FB group (TPT Tips and Advice) before I left. If you are interested, you can check it out here.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Dressing Up the TPT Quote Area: Rotating Banner

Dressing Up the TPT Quote Area Part 2 Rotating Banner, Quote Area

In my original post on Dressing Up the TPT Quote Area, I talked about how to add just one image to the area. In Part 2, I'm going to give you some directions for adding several images to your quote area that will rotate.

First, create your images that you would like to add to your quote area. The size should be about 450 pixels by 150 pixels (1.5 inches by 0.5 inches at 300 ppi). **If you are using Powerpoint, see directions below.** The matching background gray color is #f1f1f1.

I chose to start with 3 images but will probably add a couple more. Here are my images:
Dressing Up the TPT Quote Area Part 2

Dressing Up the TPT Quote Area Part 2

Dressing Up the TPT Quote Area Part 2

Upload the images to an online GIF maker. I used GIFMaker.me.
Dressing Up the TPT Quote Area Part 2
In GIFMaker.me, click the UPLOAD IMAGES button and choose your images.
 On the control panel, be sure your size is set to 100%. Mine is 100% and 450 px by 150 px as that is the size I used.
 Also on the control panel, you will set the speed. Mine is set at 5000 milliseconds (5 seconds). You don't want it too slow or too fast.
 Click on Create GIF Animation.
 Under the black buttons, click Download GIF.
 Upload the GIF to Photobucket or another site that supports GIF.

Go to My Account
Dressing Up the TPT Quote Area Part 2

Click on Store Profile and then Edit
Dressing Up the TPT Quote Area Part 2

Change or add in the Personal Quote box
 Choose the Direct Link from Photoshop. You are only allowed 120 characters in the Personal Quote box, so you need to put your Direct Link into a link shortener such as bit.ly. {YOUR IMAGE LINK}
 You can link this image to new products in your store, a custom category, or a specific product. The rotating banner only allows for one link. Also, use a link shortener for this links URL. {YOUR LINK}
 In your Personal Quote box, you will put this HTML code replacing with your links from above.
<a href=YOUR LINK><img src=YOUR IMAGE LINK></a>
If you have trouble with this, try adding a space and / after your image link.

Dressing Up the TPT Quote Area Part 2


Click Save and you are finished! Now you have a rotating banner in your quote area.

***If you are using something like Powerpoint, your dpi is not going to automatically be 300 dpi. When you are creating in Powerpoint, set your page size to 6 inches by 2 inches. When you are saving in Powerpoint, click on Options and change the width to 450 and the height to 150.***

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask!