2014 Homeschool Blog Awards

 

 

This is the main page for the 2014 awards season, and we’ll be referring back to it often in the coming months. Important updates will be noted below. (Jump to Important Dates, News, Sharing, FAQ, Prizes, Categories, Contact Us.)

 

Homeschool Blog Awards #HSBA2014 Winners! at hsbapost.com

 

Important Dates

If you are a vendor, check out our prize section. If you are a homeschool blogger this is the post to bookmark from now through December to keep you in-the-know about the goings-on of the Homeschool Blog Awards.

 

Sept 16 – Awards Officially Announced

Oct 6 – Nominations Begin

Week of Oct. 6 – Sponsor Posts Begin

Oct 20 – Nominations End

Nov 3 – Voting Delayed until Further Notice

Nov 30 – Vendor Registration Closes

December 8 – VOTING BEGINS!

December 29 – Voting Ends

News

Happy 10th Anniversary to the Homeschool Blog Awards

September 16- We launched our new look and announced the new Awards Season!

October 6 – Nominations are open! {Nominations now closed while voting polls are created.}

 

December 8 – Voting is now open!

Spread The Word

We have a page full of various sized buttons for you to snag so you can spread the word on your own blogs.

To make the awards even better than ever, we call on everyone each year to SHARE the news about the awards on their blogs, Twitter feeds, Facebook Timelines, Pinterest Boards, Instagram feeds and Google Plus. Shoot, you can even spam your homeschool friends via email – whatever works. The more nominations that come in each year, the better… as the number of eyes we have determines the number of prizes we get for our winners.

So be sure to let everyone know about the awards – and don’t forget to subscribe to our feeds so you will get regular updates and won’t miss anything throughout the season!

While our site brings encouragement, parenting and homeschool-related content to the web all year round, we especially enjoy rewarding our fellow community bloggers during the annual awards season. We are partnering with some wonderful homeschool and family-friendly products and services to bring our winners prizes and introduce the homeschool community to a whole world of excellent blogs. Be watching for our prize page to pop up so you can see what the winner loot will be!
Frequently Asked Questions

For those of you who haven’t been a part of the blog awards before (and I’m sure there are a lot of you since blogs tend to multiply and many don’t have a long shelf-life), here are a few FAQs about the Homeschool Blog Awards that you might not know:

1. There are 20 categories (see below) and we’ll have that many winners. Not all categories will win the same prizes.

2. You can nominate yourself, and you can even vote for yourself. We won’t tell.

3. Authors of this site are not eligible to win the awards, nor can the collaborative sites they write for (if there are more than two Homeschool Post authors writing for the site). Blogs that are nominated must abide by simple rules – to be stated when nominations begin – but the main rule is that blogs must be ‘family friendly’.

4. This year, to make it easier to manage votes and make sure all is fair, we might require a brief registration. This will be decided as the polling begins – and depends entirely on whether there’s a great new poll widget for the new version of Word Press or not. If we do require this, it will be as easy and painless as leaving a comment.

5. If this is your first time visiting the Homeschool Post, please don’t just stick around for the awards. We’re here ‘encouraging, informing, and connecting’ with the homeschool community all year-long. We love supporting homeschoolers all around the web. We offer give aways, do spotlight posts on some of our favorite “nominees” that didn’t win an award, share amazing homeschool and parenting articles, and do field trip link-ups every month (and much more). You can even guest post here!

6. Be sure to subscribe to our feed by reader or subscribe by email (in the sidebar) and join us on Facebook and Google Plus so you don’t miss out on important updates during the awards season (and all year-long). You can also follow @hsbapost on twitter. The official hashtag for the awards this year is #hsba2014.

7. Check out our legal page for specifics on the rules of the contest, and you can check out our About page as well as the individual bios of our authors to find out more about who we are here at the Homeschool Post. We even have a page dedicated to our past blog winners from 2005-2013… and we’ll move 2014 to the winner “hall of fame” page as the new winners emerge. You’ll find a lot of great blogs there (at least the ones that are still blogging!) – and that’s what the awards are about – getting us connected to all the great homeschool blogs on the net to make this homeschooling journey more enjoyable. [As always, if you find a dead link to a dead blog – be sure to let us know. Sadly, that does happen over time.]

8. Check back here at THIS post for updates (see update section above) that pertain to the awards and link to THIS post for the awards season to share information. We’ll be compiling all of the information you need here so you’ll only be one click away from everything awards-related.

Amazing Prizes

We will end up with multiple prize pages. At the bottom of each page there will be a link to go to the next page! Be sure to visit them all! Better yet – click over to see the vendor’s sites and get to know them even better. We are thrilled that they value homeschoolers and homeschool bloggers!

The 2014 Prize Page will be up soon!

We love our sponsors! We plan to introduce them to you three at a time starting next week! Their links stay live on our Prize Page all year, and you can find links to them in our sidebar.We have a special PDF put together for companies and individuals who would like to offer prizes for the awards. Just send us a note at our email address (thehomeschoolpost @ gmail . com) and we’ll get the details out to you.

Here are the ways you can partner with the Post:

– You can purchase ad space on the site (ask us for our ad kit and we’ll email you the details)

– You can offer prizes to the winners (and get your name on our sidebar for the year, get mentioned in a post, and have the gratitude of a bunch of fabulous bloggers)

– You can spread the word about the awards or get together with other bloggers and go in together to award a prize.

– Our media kit details other great ways we can help you as a partner with The Homeschool Post.

You don’t have to have 20 prizes to participate. You can offer only ONE prize to ONE category winner if you want. It is all up to you.

Categories

Make sure to read through the descriptions carefully for each category and give us ALL the information required (if you nominate someone in the methods category, you MUST tell us what homeschooling method the blog advocates). Hopefully you took notes as you surfed the web and you can begin to nominate 20 of your favorite blogs that fit these descriptions below. Nominations begin October 6th, so start taking notes now!

 

 

2014 Homeschool Blog Award Categories:

1. Best Homeschool Mom Blog

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

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

Here’s your chance to nominate a gorgeous blog design and give a code-and-design savvy blogger a pat on the back for her talent (or give her hired web designer some credit!).

4. Best Photos

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 teens are homeschoolers.]

11. Funniest Homeschool Blog

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

These are the moms that have the extra challenges – they go above and beyond to help their children succeed. We hope to help connect all sorts of bloggers – special needs included.

13. Best Homeschool Vlogger

It’s a rare treat to get to be the “fly on the wall” in someone’s homeschool. Don’t you always love seeing what’s on other people’s book shelves and watching them demonstrate things on video, though? Vlogging is a wonderful way to spread the homeschool encouragement around on the net.

14. Best Variety

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

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

Ever feel like a loser 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

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

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

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 Homeschooling Nature/Field Trip Blog

Have cabin fever? Looking to get OUT and see the world – sketch it, research it, photograph it? Who inspires you to take the kids out and enjoy Creation? Who makes you scratch your head in wonder while showing you all the fascinating things they have discovered outdoors?

Contact Us

If you have any questions or need to get in touch with our authors, please email us at the following email address:

thehomeschoolpost @ gmail dot com

We are blessed to be able to serve the homeschool community with these super-fun awards each year and love getting to know so many GREAT homeschooling bloggers and product vendors!

 

 

 

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