Wednesday, 22 October 2014

One Million Celebration!

My little 'ol blog reached 1 million views today! What?! How!? 

I remember getting to a couple of hundred hits, like it was yesterday. Except it was 2011 when that happened.

Well, I DO still have a 2011 calendar up. True story. I don't live for the moment. I live like it was 3 years ago. All. The. Time. 

THANK YOU! I am so humbled. It is not so grand compared to some of the super-teaching-blogs out there, but it is HUGE to me. 

I started my blog, having never really read many blogs before (me? .... who would have thought?!). I still don't feel like a 'blogger' or actually really know what I am 'supposed' to be doing. I was just very much attracted to the idea of having a free space to write a few thoughts, and most importantly connect with my 'buyers' in a more personal way. And post photos! Facebook for teachers was minimal back then, and Pinterest was not around.

My blog has always had a strong link to my digital teaching resources - I wanted them to have a voice and be able to explain themselves! I have long had a love for teaching resources, and was excited to find that there were other people like me around the world that wanted to 'see' and 'read' more about resources, teaching materials, worksheets, printables and lesson plans. 

I have also enjoyed sharing stories and anecdotes about my life as a wife, mother, teacher and tea drinker as well. Thank you for appreciating my random-ness and hodge podge of postings. 

I  found a reference to my blog once, on another site, where someone called it a 'hodge podge of random inspiration and posts'... 

You know, sometimes in life you just have to 'go with it' - so I am told - so from then on, I accepted, embraced and became comfortable with my 'randomness'. It suits my life right now, and it is truly reflective of 'me' at the moment! This is my life.

I cannot do a post like this without mentioning my 2 biggest blogging inspirations, Mrs Jump and Mrs Wills. I found both blogs early on, and I have been an avid follower ever since. My heart will always be a 'kindergarten heart', and I love that their 'kindergarten-ness' shines through in everything they do. Thank you for all the inspiration and support ladies!


I have also 'met' hundreds of other teachers and bloggers through my posts and feel it is a true blessing to be able to do this!

To celebrate this little milestone, I am giving away 4 $25 TpT gift vouchers. Just enter your details in the rafflecopter. Thank you so much for visiting my blog and I would be thrilled if you kept visiting. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

A big part of my blogging journey has been about connecting and joining in with other bloggers and teachers. I would love to do that today as well. If you have a teaching blog, please leave your link here, so I can visit and get to know you too! 


Kathy said...


First Grade a la Carte

Jem said...

That's amazing, Mel! Congrats.

Luck's Little Learners

Alison Hislop said...

Congratulations Mel! So well deserved! xx

Teaching Maths with Meaning

kathy said...

Congratulations! Your blog and work are amazing! I love reading your posts!

Jennifer Reynolds said...

Congrats on such a huge milestone, Mel! Your continued generosity is an inspiration to me! I only started blogging in November 2013 as an early 53rd birthday present to myself! I am an "old dog" with a "young heart" who is still learning every day!
Stories and Songs in Second

Cherie said...

You deserve it, Mel. Congratulations!

Fluttering through the Seasons

Suzy Q said...

Congratulations! You rock!!

Sam said...

Congratulations on such an accomplishment!

Lin Smith said...

A very special milestone. Thanks for sharing with others who love little people and opening their precious minds to new possibilities!

lorena said...

Congratulations, you definitely deserve it!!! :)

TheElementary MathManiac said...

What a huge accomplishment! I have loved following your blog for the last year or so and so enjoy the things you have to offer. Your clip art has taken the things I create for my students to the next level. Thanks for everything!

The Math Maniac

Mrs Poultney said...

Yay!! I cannot imagine the blogging world without you. Another amazing and well deserved achievement. You rock!!
Mrs Poultney's Ponderings

Positively Learning said...

CONGRATS! Your wonderful blog is in my blog roll, so I always hop over when you post :) Well-deserved! Jen

Michelle Scotese said...

Congratulations!! You are amazing!

Alisha said...

Congratulations!! What a HUGE milestone!!
Missing Tooth Grins

Paige said...

An incredibly well-deserved milestone! I love all that you do and admire your sense of creativity!

Paiges of Learning

Vikki Pennington said...

Congratulations! One million is an amazing milestone. Wow!

Abby said...

Congratulations on your milestone!! You deserve it. Thanks so much for all your work and generous freebies you provide us! Here's to the next million views!

Shelly and Paul Anton said...

Wow! Congratulations! I added a link to your giveaway on my blog! It is a very useful one! I hope I win to buy clip art!!!

Promoting Success Blog

Kylie M said...

Congratulations Mel :) I don't think your blog is a, 'hodge podge of random inspiration and posts'. Your work inspires me!!! Thank you! Kylie

Jen Bradshaw said...

Congratulations Mel! I am so excited for you. Thanks for all of your creative goodies! You are an inspiration.

Best wishes!
Jen :)

Kylie M said...

Mel, I have been trying to link up my blog (above) but it seems stuck on the "processing image" stage...what am I doing wrong? Kylie - see you are a guru of advice :)

Special Teacher for Special Kids said...

Congrats on such an awesome milestone! If your blog is hodge podge.... It is a beautiful assortment of hodge podgeness! Love your work and your talents. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Laura Schachter said...

I love your stories and your open heart. I love that I feel like I get a glimpse of you through your writing. I definitely feel like I would love to sit down and chat with you- in person! Congratulations on your million! You are one in a million!