Homeschool Blog Awards: #HSBA2014 Voting is Open!

We are so excited to announce that the 2014 Homeschool Blog Awards are officially open for voting!

#HSBA2014 NOMINATIONS

We deeply thank you for your gracious patience as we worked hard behind the scenes to get everything ready. And since we know this is a really busy time of year for many of us (but when isn’t busy for a homeschool mom?!), we’ve decided to help make things a little easier for you by keeping polls open for a solid three weeks this year!

This means voting will be open until Monday, December 29th, 2014 at 11:59PM EST. So, if you’re extra busy right now, don’t stress about trying to vote while you’re wrapping gifts and baking cookies – just come back after Christmas and relax while you take a look at some amazing blogs!

Without further ado – here are our 2014 Blog Awards Categories! Just click on each category name to be taken to that voting page:

1. Best Blog Design

2. Best Crafts, Plans & Projects Blog

3. Best Current Events, Opinion and/or Politics Blog

4. Best Dad Blog

5. Best Encourager Blog

6. Best Family or Group Blog

7. Best Homemaking and/or Recipes Blog

8. Best Homeschool Methods Blog

9. Best Homeschool Mom Blog

10. Best Homeschool Nature and Field Trip Blog

11. Best Homeschool Vlogger

12. Best NEW Homeschool Blog

13. Best Nitty Gritty Homeschooler

14. Best Photos Blog

15. Best Special Needs Blog

16. Best Super Homeschooler

17. Best Teen Homeschool Blog

18. Best Thrifty Homeschool Blog

19. Best Variety Blog

20. Funniest Homeschool Blog

 

If you’re a nominee, be sure to grab a button to display on your blog to spread the word!

You may vote once per day, per IP address.  Visit these pages for complete details: Awards Info and Legal.

 

If there are any questions or issues with voting, please contact us at thehomeschoolpost at gmail dot com.

 


 

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5 Reasons You Should Write a Homeschool Blog

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.

5 Reasons to Write a #Homeschool Blog @hsbapost
Here are 5 good reasons why you should start blogging about your homeschool experience (or continue blogging when you feel discouraged):
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. 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?

 

Still not sure how or where to begin?  There are popular and affordable online courses offered by Blogelina and Blog Clarity to get you started.  You can also read e-books like Simple Blogging, Blog at Home Mom, and iBlog for tips and tricks.

 

Sara (41 Posts)

I'm a reader, writer, dreamer, wife, and homeschooling mom of 3 girls. We take a relaxed, eclectic, Charlotte Mason-leaning, Montessori-ish, literature-rich, delight-directed, almost unschooling-at-times approach to learning. Lots of unit studies, field trips, and lapbooks, too. I like to blog about our learning adventures (plus faith and encouragement) at Embracing Destiny.


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A Delay for #HSBA2014 Voting

 

#HSBA2014 NOMINATIONS

Voting was originally scheduled to begin today for the 10th annual Homeschool Blog Awards, but unfortunately that needs to be postponed.  Due to circumstances beyond our control (power outages, internet outages, and illness), the polls will be delayed.  We appreciate your patience during this situation.  We will keep you updated with the latest as soon as it becomes available.  Thank you for your understanding!

In the meantime, stay tuned while we focus on the theme of Homeschool Blogging.  Our writers will be sharing their experience and tips on this topic all month!

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Sara (41 Posts)

I'm a reader, writer, dreamer, wife, and homeschooling mom of 3 girls. We take a relaxed, eclectic, Charlotte Mason-leaning, Montessori-ish, literature-rich, delight-directed, almost unschooling-at-times approach to learning. Lots of unit studies, field trips, and lapbooks, too. I like to blog about our learning adventures (plus faith and encouragement) at Embracing Destiny.


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