Last year we had a FANTASTIC turn out for our Welcome Wagon so we decided to do it again!
photo credit Angie
Every year the Homeschool Blog Awards has the category of NEW Homeschool Blog, but wouldn’t ya know it, when the time for nominating comes… we don’t know who the new bloggers are! And we REALLY want to help welcome them to the online homeschool community.
So back by POPULAR demand, is our Welcome Wagon link up so we can get to know all the NEW Homeschool BLOGGERS who started their blogs AFTER October 2011.
We would like for all those new homeschoolers to link up so the community can come by and welcome you. Then when nominating time comes, folks can nominate your blog for the New Homeschool Blogger category.
To qualify to win the NEW category in the awards your homeschool blog must be new since October of 2011. Here is more information from the legal page:
GENERAL AWARDS RULES
Family friendly (G-rated) blogs only. Do not nominate a blog that has cussing (no potty mouth), photographic nudity (we aren’t talking about one image of some sculpture from the 1500’s in an art post), sexual content, or hostility toward other bloggers.
Do not nominate a blog that has nothing to do with homeschooling – nor a blog that is hostile towards homeschooling.
You can tell by reading someone’s blog posts about homeschooling if they are doing it or contributing towards others doing it. This is a general rule to weed out those who would nominate people that are…
…a blog that is from someone who has never mentioned that they homeschool
…a blog that mentioned it once in 2005 and never did again
…a blog that is negative about homeschooling
…a blog that is by someone whose great-aunt’s housekeeper homeschools and she mentions it in passing a few times
…a blog that is mainly about public school and community college and not really about homeschool at all
If you have kids at home and you haven’t officially started calling it homeschooling, but you are working with them to teach them at home, and you are considering homeschooling, you may still be nominated, as long as you meet the other requirements of the category for which you were nominated.
Also, if your kids are taking some college classes at a campus and then doing other homeschool work at home and you are discussing those learning moments or talking about what you did to get them graduated from homeschool up to this point, that qualifies, as well.
If your kids have left home, have all gone to college, and you spent the entire year just having fun and not helping them any more with education and your blog is mainly now about your new Lexus and the time you spend at Disney World, well . . . then that would be questionable.
We’ll leave the linky open until October 1st and PRETTY PLEASE keep promoting this link-up so we can be sure all new homeschool bloggers have had a chance to get linked up. Be sure to use the Official HSBA hashtag for this season: #HSBA2012 Share this post on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and anywhere else you have connections with homeschool bloggers.
*Additional Clarification on technicalities:
What if I blogged about homeschooling before, but closed the blog to start over and combined all my blogs into one? Am I still a NEW homeschool blogger?
Yes, we will accept this as a new homeschool blog. If it’s a NEW blog and has a new name, it qualifies.
What if I had my blog before October, but it was under construction and I hadn’t started blogging officially or even about homeschool yet?
Yes, your blog still qualifies. We understand the process of getting started with a new blog.
What if I was already a blogger, but began homeschooling later?
Yes, you still qualify. Many bloggers don’t get started homeschooling until later, yet it still qualifies since you’re a NEW homeschooler.