Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Comment Gifts!

The Crayon Lab is probably the third or fourth blog I have started over the years. It is hands down the one that sees the most traffic and is therefore most successful ?????? What makes a blog successful?

I am honestly not sure. I know my audience for this blog is other art teachers. I can tell from looking at my statistics that over 5,000 people come to my blog each month. FIVE THOUSAND! That seems like a lot to me since I am just over here chugging along doing what I do.

I am sure that is nothing compared to some of the very popular art teacher blogs we know that are out there! Yet - I still go back to wondering why I write it and if it is successful?!?!?! It seems like a burden sometimes - why keep doing it?????????  Well - In the end I know it's because I enjoy sharing and I love how technology helps to make that possible. I think the one thing that is missing for me is the joy of getting to know more art teachers through blogging! So - in the spirit of the holiday season I ask you to leave me a gift if you are here :)  Please leave me a comment and tell me something! Who are you? Where do you teach? Just say "hi!" so I know you are out there! Leave me the link to your blog while you are at it so that some of these 5,000 visitors can visit you too! I would love to create more of a community of sharing so let's get to know each other!  Happy Holidays - Jenn


  1. Hi! I guess I'm leaving your first 'gift'.

    I'm Phyl, and I just retired after teaching art for 36 years, the last 27 at a small rural school district in the lower Adirondack Mountains of northeastern NY state. Even though I'm retired, I'm still active in my state Art Ed Association and I'm still adding regularly to my blog, There's a Dragon in my Art Room, at

  2. Hi Jenn, I enjoy reading your blog and I agree, it is a lot of work to keep it current. I originally hoped to have a lot of parent feedback, and I have had some, but the overwhelming viewership is, like you mentioned, other art teachers. It's really cool to make connections all around the world, especially since many of us work solo. Magical things happen in our rooms every day and it's nice to put it out there for others to relate to and appreciate. Happy holidays from your friendly fellow Fulton county teacher, -Hope

  3. Hi Jenn,

    I have had my blog for a while, but haven't really used it properly. So my goal this year was to be more interactive with it. I started last year a little by having my students write on my blog after a project. I want to do more of that this year, but I also want to interact more with other art teachers. It is so great to see all the wonderful ideas and creative things that are going on in other classrooms. Congratualtions on a successful blog. Thank you for sharing! Here is my blog address:

    P.S. MaryLou was bragging on both yours and Hope's blog. She shared your links with me. Hope, your blog is awesome as well.

  4. I am not a regular reader, but I found your blog while looking for a photo of crayons (not having any on hand) to draw for the iPad game "Draw Something"... That is to say, the word I had to draw was "crayon", and I like to draw from real images. Anyway, it looks like you have a very creative blog with lots of fun ideas for art classes. I'm sure lots of other art teachers are finding inspiration here for their own classes. Good job!

  5. Hi! My name is Allison and I teach at State Bridge. I've heard about all the wonder that is "the Crayon Lab" so I had to check it out. You are super great! My blog is

  6. Hi! My name is Allison. I've heard about all the wonder of "the Crayon Lab" so I thought I must check it out. I teach at State Bridge Crossing and my blog is I think you are wonderful!

  7. I have only just come upon this post. It was a year and a half ago you wrote it. I get about the same amount of page views as you. It is mostly art teachers. I am in New Zealand and it surprises me that so many of my viewers are from The States. But then we don't have art specialists as a rule, in our primary schools. Our school is one of a few who see it as important and has made it happen. I hang out for comments but don't get many. I have read this from other bloggers too. I love blogging as a reflection of the art I do in the classroom, and as a reference to what is successful. You have a great blog, keep going if you can the motivation.

    1. Thank you Gretchen. It's hard. If you look you will see that I have not been as successful here as I wanted to be this year. I will keep trying! Please leave your blog link so I can come visit!


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