Monday, June 29, 2015

A+ Images, You Rock!

Hi Friends,

    Popping in again to tell you about an awesome promotion happening right now on A+ Images. They make custom shirts, teacher apparel, and the world's most amazing class shirts.  Check out the picture below...

     Now I know what you're thinking.  Why on earth would you get a T-shirt that says 'Hopelessly Devoted' when you just changed your blog name?  Well, here's the story...

     Last Wednesday, I was sitting in the waiting room of a doctor's office while my husband was having a procedure done.  I had my laptop and was catching up on my blog reading.  I came across this post written by The Techie Teacher.  Then I came across another post (and I can not, for the life of me, remember who it was...) that said the t-shirt was free.  FREE!  It peaked my I checked them out.

   I couldn't find where it said 'free for teachers' on the site but I had time to kill so I figured I would play around and design a shirt.  I wanted to see how it would look and I wanted to know the price in case the free deal was over.  After designing my shirt, I had the option to request a quote.  That sounded like a good plan.  I would get the quote and then redesign the T-shirt with my new logo when it was ready.  (Remember that little waitlist I mentioned in my last post?)

   Well, this company is on the ball, let me tell you.  That evening, I received an email saying that my t-shirt had shipped!  Holy guacamole, that was fast!  And it arrived today!  Today is only Monday.  It has been only 5 days since I requested the quote and I already have the T-shirt.  That's unbelievable!  And yes, it was 100% free (my favorite price).

   At first, I thought, Oh no! This is not the T-shirt I wanted.  But guess what?  The T-shirt I wanted would not have made it in time for Vegas.  My new blog is not being updated until next week.  So then I had an even better thought.  This is perfect actually! Now I can wear this shirt to show who I was while I introduce the new me.  Love it!  Now if only the business cards make it here on time...  :)

Saturday, June 27, 2015

New Job, New Blog!

Hi Friends,

   Actually, it's the same blog but it's got a new URL to match my new job.  I've just recently become the first elementary tech coach in my district.  I'm super excited about this new adventure and I want my blog life to reflect the changes that are happening as well.

   Christi Fultz from Designs by Christi will be working on making the changes here at Hopelessly Devoted.   The first time I decided that a change was needed, I simply shortened my blog name but kept the same URL.  My very first blog was called Hopelessly Devoted to Teaching.  It had this really cute Grease theme going which I loved because Grease is one of my all-time favorite movies.  It made sense.  People got it.  When I got tired of the look, I was terrified to change my URL, which by the way, was ...way too long!  So I simply shortened the blog title to Hopelessly Devoted and got a beautiful new look from Christi.  I really, really love my new look but it no longer makes sense.  People no longer get it.  I am happy (with the look) but unhappy.   Sigh...

   Fast forward a couple of years, and now I'm a tech coach.  Now's a good time.  Don't be afraid.  It makes perfect sense to change the URL.  I decided to bite the bullet and sacrifice everything I have worked for and achieved with my little blog.  Deep breaths...

   Because I wanted to keep the same look and all of my posts, Christi recommended that I edit the URL of Hopelessly Devoted.  This made me very happy.  It saved me money and more importantly, it saved my work.  All she has to do to update my blog is change the Title and fix all of the new links.  Of course, I added some new features because I had just saved quite a bit of money.  Why not, right?

   Then some really great people over at the New England Teacher Bloggers Facebook page helped out with my new identity.  A very big thank you goes out to Sally DeCost, Sara Frampton, Jillian Starr, Vera , Bex Mawn, and Jodi Durgin.  With Jodi's expert advice and all of their wonderful suggestions, I was able to come up with Tech Teacher Tidbits as my new identity.  I love it and would not have gotten there without their help.  If any of these ladies are unfamiliar to you, you simply MUST check them out and give them a follow.  It will be worth your time, I promise you!

Elementary Matters
  Frampton's FUNdamentals  

The Tutu Teacher  

     In the meantime, my new URL is  The blog still says Hopelessly Devoted because well, when you love a great designer there's a little bit of a waitlist.  It's not bad and well worth the wait.  I'm really excited to see the changes and updates, though.

   Now, I know what your thinking.  Are you crazy?!  Don't you know you will lose your followers?! The simple answer is yes.  The real answer is that I agonized over this for two years and all I can say is that it just feels right to do it now.  But here's the thing, I still see my followers.  See...?
   What does this mean?  Are they still there?  Why am I there twice?  Will I still show up in their blog readers?  I don't know the answers but if anyone out there does know, please tell me.  I've been jumping back and forth between REALLY, REALLY excited and REALLY, REALLY sad.  It's a tough place to be.  I even mentioned it on FB when I thought I kept my followers.  Oh my God, if someone had changed their URL and I was wrong...that could've been so, so bad.  :(

   Anyway, please leave a comment if you know the answer to my question.  Are my followers still there?  And please consider following me at my new address -  

   Thank you very much, my friends!