Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Teaching Blog Addict Has My Heart



To all of my faithful blogger friends, I am sure you know about Teaching Blog Addict, and I’m sure you are probably just as obsessed as I am. But for those of you who don’t know, sit back, relax, and let me entice you to become a fellow addict!

Teaching Blog Addict (better known as TBA) is one of the first resources I found when I entered the blogging world. How did I find it so quickly? Well, it’s virtually impossible to scour teaching blogs without finding a mention of TBA in almost all of them. Clearly TBA was a popular staple for bloggers, and I needed to be a part of it!  So, I checked it out and became a member, and I am so grateful I did! TBA isn’t named the #1 Teaching Blog on the Web for nothing!

Here are the MANY Reasons I LOVE TBA!

1.     TBA is the “one stop shop” for the vast community of educators in the world. With the hundreds and hundreds of education blogs and resources that exist out there, TBA is your organized filing cabinet of all things education, and all things teaching blogs.

2.     Under the “Blog Hop” tab, you’ll find a sea of teaching blogs, all categorized by grade level or feature. (See! It’s your virtual filing cabinet of resources!) This includes categories for Special Education Blogs (ah-hem, where mine is located!), ELL blogs, and Gifted and Talented Blogs. Any teacher can add their blog under the appropriate category, which I did immediately. This is where my blog gets the most traffic from, so if you have not done this already, you need to ASAP! 

3.     Obsessed with classroom Freebies and downloadable materials like me? Check out the Freebies Link, filtered just for FREE Resources!

4.     Under Expos you’ll find information to participate in Virtual Teaching Expos or online conferences/sessions on a variety of topics. All you have to do is purchase your ticket and log in, and you can participate no matter where you are!

5.     Looking for specific content? Just click on these categorized tabs to link to dozens of strategies and ideas from all different teaching blogs!


6.    TBA has many inspirational and creative authors! As a member, I receive an email each day of the latest posts from different authors. What I love about this is that even though I may not have had much time for “blog hopping” or “blog stalking” that day, I still receive an email of new posts to check out! It’s always nice when the resources and content come to you! 

7.     TBA Links to Pinterest, with over 7,000 followers! This is perfect for me since searching the Pinterest catalogs and obsessively pinning has become a part of my daily routine. Of course, like the blog, boards are categorized by grade level, resources, features…yep, you could spend hours on this Pinterest page!

8.     TBA hosts TONS of Linky Parties: AKA opportunities for teachers to share ideas, discover other blogs, and promote their own blogs. Here's how it works: TBA hosts a topic, and blogs are welcome to link up with their posts. For example, for Freebie Friday (my favorite!) bloggers who posted a recent Freebie on their blog are all welcome to link up! This means if you check out the Freebie Friday on TBA, you see a plethora of blogs with links to their Freebies! Another favorite Linky Party of mine to check out is Giveaway Galore!

9.     TBA has a rewards program! You’ll notice this flag to the left on the website:

If you click on the tab, you accumulate points just for checking out the blog and hopping around! These points are tracked for you and can be cashed in for gift cards to Restaurant.com, Groupon, Starbucks, and Barnes and Nobel!

Once you admit your TBA obsession and shed your guilt, I’m sure you’ll want to openly broadcast your addiction like me! After all, the first step to dealing with your addiction is to admit you have a problem! So if you have a teaching blog, be sure to grab the Teaching Blog Addict Card, Teaching Blog Addict Button, or Teaching Pin Addict Button for your blog!

Begin your addiction by becoming a member today and joining here for FREE!



11 comments:

  1. What a FANTASTIC post, Nicki!! LOVE it!!

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    1. Thank you so much! I am so excited you found my blog! I love your blog and the posts that come through TBA!

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  2. This is a great summary of TBA's awesome-ness! You are a true TBA member and I will be sharing this on my FB Fan page, starting right now! Thanks Nicki! I'm also your newest follower.
    Krissy
    Mrs. Miner's Monkey Business

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  3. Wow! Thanks Nicki for the incredible post about TBA! Wonderful bloggers like you are why TBA is such a unique community. Here is our thank you- http://www.teachingblogaddict.com/2012/07/blog-addict-admits-her-obsession.html
    Happy Blogging!

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  4. This is a great description of TBA! I will be sharing this with others! Thank you.

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  5. What an amazing post! You should be a marketer...what great writing. Your post has described everything I love about TBA and being an author for the blog. Great work thanks for the shout out.
    Beth
    Thinking of Teaching

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  6. Pretty inspiring post right here!!

    I've got a new blog I've just started! I'd love some new followers - if you don't mind taking a peek! Thanks! http://beyondthegradebook.blogspot.com

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  7. Enjoyed reading this post. I am an official, card carrying Blog Addict...........Awesome!

    Donna
    working5to9math.blogspot.com

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  8. Wow thank you all so much for the positive feedback! And a special thanks to my new followers! I am glad to see I am not the only proud addict out there :-)

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  9. nice posting.. thanks for sharing.

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  10. Thanks for sharing about your addiction ;) Your post is excellent!
    -Leslie @KindergartenWorks

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