Happy Five Year TpT Anniversary to Me!

24 October 2013

It is hard to believe that I have been a part of the TpT family for five years!   It has been an amazing five years.   I started on TpT after hearing about it from a friend who worked for Scholastic.  I was already teaching courses and sharing files with friends and through the courses.   I started to notice my posters popping up in rooms of teachers I had not even shared with.  That made me think...hmm there might be a demand for my resources.  TpT was the perfect venue.  I had just bought a home by myself and I was house poor and slowly slipping further and further into debt.   It just came all together at the right time.  

At first, I really did not make much money on TpT but I was still thrilled every time I made a sale or someone even viewed my products!   Then after Deanna hit her first milestone, I decided I needed to revamp my product style to include covers, professional graphics, and professional fonts.  The market for TpT started to boom.   I made enough money to get out of debt and fix a hole in my bathroom ceiling that I had been living with for two years.  I finally felt like I could breathe!  I am by no means rich from my TpT earnings, but it is nice to have flex room.  

The most amazing thing about being part of the TpT family is that I have made a group of amazing friends.  We started by emailing about contests and TpT stuff and that led to friendships.  These ladies and I have truly become close friends.  We make each other laugh and we are there for each other through the hard times, too.  My only wish is that we could see each other more!







Thank you for being with me throughout my TpT journey.  Your positive comments, TpT feedback, and "likes" make me feel like a million dollars.   So, thank you, thank you, thank you!  And don't forget to shop and take advantage of my sale!  It ends on Saturday night.

30 comments:

  1. Happy Anniversary, friend! Love you?

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  2. Congrats on an amazing 5 years, Erica!

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  3. I just want to quickly say that you are one of my favorite bloggers! I think we have a similar sense of humor, or maybe it's just that you are honest and there aren't a whole lot of other teacher bloggers who are. I appreciate that and I'll bet other readers do as well. You have always been really generous with shout outs, even when I didn't ask, and that has meant a lot to me as a new blogger. It's hard to ask for help when the blog world is so far away and friendships are already established, but I love that you are humble about your status and have never given me the "too cool" act. Happy 5th anniversary, Erica!



    Teaching in the Tongass

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    1. Awe, you are so sweet to comment. Thank you! I am glad you appreciate my honesty and I am glad I could help you out.

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  4. AHHH! LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Happy Anniversary!

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  5. Happy Anniversary to one of my most favorite bloggers!!

    ✿Sue✿
    Science for Kids Blog

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  6. I love reading your blog, because I feel like we're kind of similar! We are both named Erica, of course! :-) And, like me, you're also single and a homeowner. It's nice to know that there are other people in the world who are house poor and struggling a bit with that. Thank you for admitting that. :-) It made me feel tons better! I'm hoping that my own adventure on TPT will help me have a bit of flex room myself, because I need it! I also like that you've been a foster dog parent too! :-) Congratulations on your first 5 years on TPT! I hope the next 5 are just fantastic! :-)

    Erica
    Blooming In First

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    1. Awe, Erica I hope it gets better for you, too. Being a single homeowner is so hard, I have had days where I just want to move back in with my parents - even though I am way too old now. My goal is to make enough on TpT to be a larger house so I can foster more animals or even stay home and foster dogs and cats and just work on TpT. That would be my dream!

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  7. Ah Congrats on five years! I think we have prob. stalked you from year one! We love your blog! We are also from the NY area, NJ actually.... Not many of us in the blogging world, but we love your blog.we just recently started our blog.. we hope you can check it out....

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    1. Yes, there are not many of us! When I first started blogging, I thought you had to be beautiful and from the south! Thank you for following my blog.

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  8. This is a great post! I really appreciated your honesty! Congratulations on your 5 years!
    Ann
    TheCaffeinatedClassroom.blogspot.com

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  9. Congratulations Erica! Loved reading about your TpT story. :)

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  10. That's so awesome! Love the story and all of the friends you've made along the way!!! Congrats my dear :)

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  11. Congrats on your 5 year anniversary! I have to say that your "tell it like it is" honest style of writing is what draws me back to your blog time after time! Following you is fun and inspiring. I hope that fab bunch of friends of yours get you on TX soil one day to have a little fun too! Congrats, again! =)

    Tanya
    A+ Firsties

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    1. Thank you so much Tanya! I really do want to go to TX we are saving it up for when we can go for more than just a weekend.

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