Our 2012 New Year Resolutions

by multilingualmania on December 28, 2011

in Advocacy

Goals, Goals, Goals

Many of our frequent readers may have noticed that we have been offline for over a month. It’s been a rough three months, really, and we have fallen behind in many important tasks for the upkeep of the blog. We know that we have not finished our student essay contest-and we seriously beg forgiveness. We promise that we will make it up to all of the students.

It’s really hard running a blog and working a full-time job as a school manager, as many bloggers know. There are weeks that I work 60-80 hours at work and put in another 25 on the blog. It’s become so overwhelming keeping up with everything. I have been so hard-headed in that I wanted to learn to do everything by myself, but I now need assistance if this blog is going to expand. The one other person who has been helping with the blog also acknowledges that we need extra help.

This year my primary New Year’s resolution is to enhance and expand the resources provided for parents and teachers who are raising or educating bilingual children. One major goal that I would like to focus on is including more effective bilingual teaching strategies as well resources for ESL-an essential component of bilingual programs in the United States.

We always have tons of ideas of how we might provide useful content to our readers, but lack the time to create it. This year I’m dedicating myself to making the time-in any way necessary. Some additional goals that I would like to have for the blog are:

1. Show our readers who I am and let them get to know me. There is one driving person that is behind this blog and I want to begin to introduce myself to readers. I want to connect with people and get to know them.

2. Hire frequent contributors. If I really am going to make the time to create the content that I envision for the blog, then I will also need to delegate to other writers. If you are interested in becoming a frequent contributor, we can only afford at this time to pay $10 a post. Email us if interested.

3.Create “how-to” and practical resources for raising and educating bilingual children-which we already do, but I want next year’s materials to be much more strategic and focused. I want to create blog posts, e books, online classes, and other resources for readers. I don’t have it all mapped out, but I will get there.

4. Get to know my readers. I want to engage more with my readers when they leave comments and cultivate conversations on Facebook posts. I want to meet people.

5. I want to have an editorial calendar where I map out content and themes that will be highlighted each month. I want to be more strategic in my planning of content so that my partner and I can better delegate tasks.

I’m excited to write these down and publish them so that we can make them a reality! What are some of your New Year’s resolutions??

-Melanie

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Karen Mennie December 28, 2011 at 7:00 pm

Hi i am the owner of a small online store that retails, wholesales and manufactures products that assist kids with second languages and helps then have fun learning. I am also a migrant Australian, parent & wife to a Greek husband – my inlaws do not speak English. We are bringing up our daughter (2years) and new baby (exp feb) to be bilingual in both English & Greek although my Greek is to be polite – basic! So far its been fun and full of challenges and I would love to do some blog posts for you ( i do not require a fee thanks ) on our family, the cultural challenges as well as the language journey – I will in no way use these emails as product placement in case this is a concern. Let m know if you would like to discuss more at office@glottoogn.com

Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen December 28, 2011 at 8:49 pm

Melanie,
I am so glad I found your website! I am a former California bilingual teacher who used GLAD and now am trying to raise my children bilingually. I also have been a teacher educator for quite some time now and know how difficult it can be as a teacher to find research-based materials in one place. I have created a store with hand-picked classroom materials and teaching tips for K-adult learners of English (many of the materials work in a bilingual context as well.) Check it out and let your readers know if you like it.
Trish

Nicole R. Zimmerman January 11, 2012 at 3:47 pm

Melanie,
Looks like a great website with a lot of resources. Yes, blogging consistently (and keeping up with any social networking) can be a challenge. Outlining your goals is a great way to start the new year. Do you ever re-post from other blogs? We at aha!Chinese (multimedia kit for kids learning Mandarin Chinese) generated a lot of traffic to our blog post “Are bilingual children smarter? 7 reasons to teach your child a second language: from the cognitive to cultural benefits,” and would be happy to re-post it at your site. Feel free to add us to your network or web resources for families and educators. Thanks!

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