We have winners!
I added the category list with a description back in to this post so that you could see just what the title they won entails. I have also linked the 2010 NOMINEE PAGE here so that you can go back in and see the other blogs which were nominated for the categories.
If you are a winner, please note the deadlines in this blockquote from our main awards page:
*Winners have until Nov 30 to email us claiming prizes and giving us shipping info or they disqualify and the runner up gets their prizes and title.
*We hope to share the email and physical addresses of our winners with our sponsors/vendors by December 1st. The sooner you contact us with your info, the better!
*Vendors have until January 15th to ship prizes. If you don’t get a prize that you were promised (we’ll be doing a drawing to see who takes which prizes home), please let us know.
1. Best Homeschool Mom Blog: Confessions of a Homeschooler
Everyone is the best homeschool mom for their own children. With thousands of homeschool bloggers out there, please know that there will only be one winner online – but EACH OF US are winners in our own homes. If there’s a blogging mom out there that has been a particularly good example to you and you want to let her know… consider her for this nomination! [Her blog does not have to be exclusively about motherhood or homeschooling.]
2. Best Homeschool Dad Blog: The Mango Times
We love to hear what dad has to say. Especially if he includes homeschool posts off and on. [Blog doesn’t have to be exclusively about homeschooling.]
3. Best Blog Design: Live the Adventure
Here’s your chance to nominate your favorite blog design and give your favorite blogger a pat on the back for her talent (or give her web designer some credit!).
4. Best Photos : Small Things
This blogger has photographic talent and makes her posts pop with eye-candy. We want to thank those of you who post pictures and graphics that inspire us! The winner of this category will be one that takes her own photos – not someone who only uses stock images.
5. Best Crafts, Plans & Projects Blog: Counting Coconuts
Do you turn to the blogosphere for a steady supply of great craft ideas, lesson plans or projects that you can do with your homeschoolers? Why not share your favorite how-to blogs that provide us with things to be inspired by and ideas to use with our kids and in our homes.
6. Best Family or Group Blog: Heart of the Matter
Nominate your favorite Homeschool Family blog or your favorite group blog that is either run by Homeschoolers or discusses homeschool issues. [Blog doesn’t have to be exclusively about homeschooling. Remember that if more than one of our authors are part of the group blog, it is not qualified to win. THIS BLOG MUST HAVE MULTIPLE AUTHORS.]
7. Best Encourager: A Holy Experience
It is time to say thanks to those bloggers out there who lift you up out of the homeschool “blahs” and help you get back on track. The winner of this category doesn’t have to be perfect or always in a good mood… just someone who makes you feel as if someone else cares and has a positive attitude overall.
8. Best Current Events, Opinions or Politics Blog: The Parenting Passageway
We don’t want a strictly political blog that is run by a homeschooler unless quite a few posts have relevant information pertaining to homeschooling. News clips that affect our freedoms as homeschoolers and how homeschooling is portrayed in the media are ideal. We love to hear what other homeschool teachers are thinking and reading and their views on things that affect us all. [This blog does not have to be exclusively about homeschooling, current events, or politics… just a blog that often shares opinions on matters that you enjoy learning from.]
9. Best Homemaking or Recipes Blog: Hallee The Homemaker
This blog should have content regarding homemaking, housekeeping, tips, ideas for making your life easier, information about raising multiple kids, or recipes that you enjoy trying. [This person should be a homeschooler but the blog doesn’t have to be exclusively about homeschooling, homemaking or recipes.]
10. Best Teen Blog: God’s Daughter
Let’s encourage those young bloggers to speak up and be a good example for their peers. I have seen so many wonderful teen blogs out there that deserve recognition. Let us know what some of your favorites are! Teen blogs can be any blogs run by teens who are at least 12 years of age. The winners will have to submit permission slips signed by their parents – see legal page at HSBA for more details. [This blog does not have to be exclusively about homeschooling, but homeschooling should be mentioned often or it should be obvious from the template that the teen/s are homeschoolers.]
11. Funniest Homeschool Blog: Smockity Frocks
We all need a laugh in-between laundry, lesson plans and losing our cool. It is nice to get your smile back so you can share it with your students (who can only take “so much gloom” as Ma Walton said so eloquently on The Waltons television series). Nominate your favorite crack-pot or crack-up homeschool blog here.
12. Best Special Needs Blogger: Special Needs Homeschooling
These are the moms that have the extra challenges – they go above and beyond to help their children succeed. We have had so many requests to add this category that we not only added a category for you, but we also added a new author who is a special-needs advocate: Miss Tammy! Say Hello to her by stopping by her bio/blog link in our sidebar!
13. Best Curriculum or Business Blog: TOS Homeschool Crew
Let us know your favorite homeschool business or curriculum blogs so we can read them, too!
14. Best Variety: FIMBY
This blogger is one that could fit in any of these categories … but they just can’t be pinned down in ONE. This type of blogger is the ADD hyper-focused type… always moving on from one thing to the next… and always keeping you interested in coming back for more!
15. Best Thrifty Homeschooler: Accidentally Homeschooling
Most of us are homeschooling on a shoe-string. Nominate your favorite money-saving blogger so you can share her tips with the blogosphere and bless a bunch of homeschool children in the process! [Blog doesn’t have to be exclusively about frugality.]
16. Best SUPER-HOMESCHOOLER: Raising Arrows
Ever feel like a looser after reading someone else’s lesson plans, seeing their field trip photos, listening to them talk about what they got done today, or seeing pictures of their children’s accomplishments? You were probably feeling the effects of visiting a SUPER-HOMESCHOOLER’s blog. These are the A-list homeschool parents that just BLOW YOU AWAY with their enthusiasm. We all have our good days, but this blogger has us all beat.
17. Best Nitty-Gritty Homeschool Blog: Preschoolers and Peace
Since we included a category for the Super-Homeschooler… I figured we would add one in for the homeschooler who is brutally honest and open about her mistakes and failures. These are the moms that make you feel better and let you know that it is OK that we aren’t perfect. What would we do without them???
18. Best NEW Homeschool Blog: A Jewish Homeschool Blog
It is hard making a name for yourself in the blogosphere. A lot of times, you feel as if you are writing and no one is out there. If you have stumbled upon a great new blogger who has a lot of potential and you want to share them with the rest of us… please consider nominating them for this category! [A new blog is one that appeared on the scene during or after last awards season.]
19. Best Homeschooling Methods Blog: Magic Onions for the Waldorf Method
There are a lot of methods used to homeschool. Are you a boxed curriculum gal? A Classical homeschooler? An unschooler? Do you thrill on Unit Studies or spend time outdoors doing Charlotte Mason-type nature walks? Are you a mixture of everything (eclectic)? Make sure you tell us what TYPE of method this blog showcases so we can list it on the voting page!
20. Best Homeschool Nature Blog: Handbook of Nature Study
Many of us are looking for ways to get the kids outside and enjoy the great outdoors more… let’s face it – some of us are seriously lacking in our PE ‘classes’. The winner of this category is a nature lover that inspires even the busiest homeschool moms to take their brood outside and discover the world around them.
There were a few races where it was close, and there was one blog that won more than one category – so we gave that blog the category in which it had the MOST votes and the other went to the runner up. I think it’s more fun to not know which blog that was – because I don’t want ANYONE to feel like a runner up. Every blog nominated is wonderful and special – if not to YOU yet, then it is to someone! I hope that you use this nominee list and this winner list to find new homeschool encouragement, ideas, and connections (i.e.: blog FRIENDS)! That’s our goal here at the Post in running the awards each year.
Thank you so much for your participation!
Stick around and be encouraged here all year long.
Happy Thanksgiving from The Homeschool Post!
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