With the Homeschool Blog Awards season in full swing here, it seems appropriate to visit the topic of blogging. Since you’re reading here, you already know the purpose behind homeschool blogs. They can entertain, inform, encourage, and inspire. We’re glad you stop by The Homeschool Post for a healthy dose of all of those things.
But why should you personally start your own blog? You might feel that the blogosphere is already a very big place and you have nothing to contribute. It’s true there are many blogs out there, but it’s not true that you don’t have your own personal contribution to make. I have found new blogs to read and enjoy every year through the HSBA Awards. Each blogger brings their own unique perspective to the topic of homeschooling.
Here are 5 good reasons why you should start blogging about your homeschool experience (or continue blogging when you feel discouraged):
- It’s free! You have nothing to lose by starting a blog on Blogger, WordPress, Tumblr, or other free blogging platform. The design doesn’t have to be fancy. You can get started immediately, too.
- Accountability and record keeping. For those who live in regulated states, a blog can help keep track of those projects you might forget when filling out your paperwork. It can provide a timeline of learning and help you assemble a portfolio for review. If you’re like me and get easily distracted by the urgent to-do lists, it also keeps you accountable to actually finish some projects that get put aside from time to time.
- It can become a family keepsake, like a homeschool yearbook. Having a blog can help you remember to take more pictures, get them uploaded, and put them together in an online/digital yearbook format for your kids. The archive is automatically kept for you through the years and can be really fun to look back through. There are also options to actually print your blog in book format if you choose.
- Blogging provides a way to actively participate in the online homeschool community, especially for those who don’t have local options available to them. There are groups on Facebook, blog hops, , carnivals, curriculum reviews, and more to provide interaction with fellow homeschoolers. We can all learn from each other!
- Validation. Ever feel alone in your homeschool journey? Overwhelmed by all the pressures and expectations as wife, mom, teacher, housekeeper, cook, and so on? Blogging about it and reading about on other blogs can help put things in perspective and make you feel less alone. When someone leaves a blog comment to let you know you struck a chord with them or they like your ideas and are going to try them in their homeschool, it’s often like a virtual hug or high-five. That’s not something homeschool moms get on a regular basis for doing what we do.
Do any of these reasons resonate with you? Have you nominated your favorite blogs for the Awards this year? If you start a blog today, it could be your own name on the list next year!
Still not sure how or where to begin? There are popular and affordable online courses offered by Blogelina and Momcomm to get you started. You can also read e-books like Simple Blogging, Blog at Home Mom, and iBlog for tips and tricks. Blog on, mama!