So I have been on teacherspayteachers for a few years now. Up until this year, I really did not devote much time or attention to my store. I realized what a great venue it could be, but I was more a user of the website than active participant or author. When we moved to PA last year, that changed, and I dove into recreating products that I had tested successfully for years in my classroom. Honestly, there is almost no ready-made, published materials available for teachers who work in severe and profound settings. It is truly sad. So, I knew this would be a worthwhile venture for all involved. I literally spent the next year crafting over 150 products. My sales went up, but nothing extraordinary. So, as year 2 of my “sabbatical” begins, I feel I need to refocus my energies, and find a way to connect with more teachers in the same situation I was in.
First, let me say I am NOT a social media fanatic. Up until we moved, I did not have a Facebook page, nor a Pinterest account. Now I have both. But I want to talk a little about pinterest in this blog entry. I am such a horrible pinner. I admit it, and beg forgiveness for whomever has stumbled previously upon my page (https://www.pinterest.com/christajoy1765/). I just did not get it, nor did I put the time and effort into understanding this platform. Well, I have spent the last 2 weeks getting educated!! It is truly an amazing resource full of some of the best ideas I have ever seen. I have watched some tutorials, read other blog posts, and listened to some webinars all in an effort to become someone you would want to follow.
It will be a process. I have a lot to clean up on my site, and that will take some time. But, with the few changes I have made, I have already had some people reach out to me and ask me to collaborate with them on their boards. I am honored. I am humbled.
I promise from this point forward to be a good steward to this powerful social media presence which is the biggest driver of buyers to teacherspayteachers. And, without buyers, I might as well just close my store down and read a good book.