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2013 Homeschool Blog Award WINNERS!

2013 Homeschool Blog Awards WInners @hsbapost

We have winners!

Below are 20 categories, the blog name, and link for each winner. We put these awards on each year so that homeschoolers can find a great list of resources, encouragement, and inspiration to stay the course! Everyone nominated in our awards each year is special.

Each year we put up the NOMINEE PAGE for the year’s nominated blogs, but it won’t be available until the first of the year. For now we just want our top winners to bask in the public pat on the back they just got! Check back here at this post in January and we will have the entire nominee page linked on this post. {Subscribe below so you don’t miss that post!}

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Last year, we introduced weekly TOP TEN lists and they were a big hit, so we're doing it again! We will be creating some fancy schmancy category specific buttons for our top 10 homeschool blogs from each of the 20 categories and will share those every week through April of 2014. That way the fun of the awards continues up until it is time to begin planning for 2014′s awards. Do you have a suggestion for next year? Send it to us via our contact page!

You can also look back at past winners and nominee pages by clicking our PAST WINNER button in our footer. There you can see who was nominated and who won in previous years all the way back to 2005!

If you are a winner, please note the deadlines and instructions below:

*Winners have until December 8th to email us to claim their prizes and provide shipping information. If that deadline is missed, they forfeit their prize(s) and title which will go to the next runner up. The sooner you contact us with your information, the better!

*The random drawing for prizes will be held on December 9th. Winners will be notified via email of their won prizes.

*We will share the email and physical addresses of our winners with our sponsors/vendors by December 17th so they can disperse prizes.

*Vendors have until January 15th, 2014 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.

– Check back to the main page for the 2013 Homeschool Blog Awards for more information about the awards themselves.

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  1. Best SUPER Homeschooler - Raising Little Saints

    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.

  2. Best Dad Blog - Camo Dad Cooks

    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 - HomeschoolWays.com

    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 Vlogger - The Unlikely Homeschool

    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.

  5. Best Photos Blog - Just a Night Owl

    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.

  6. Best Family or Group Blog - Hip Homeschool Moms

    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 Current Events, Opinion and/or Politics Blog - The Educational Freedom Coalition

    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.]

  8. Best Teen Homeschool Blog - As the Earthen Vessel /His Handmaiden

    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.]

  9. Best Homeschool Nature Blog - Petra School

    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?

  10. Best Homeschool Methods Blog - My Joy Filled Life -Eclectic

    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!

  11. Best Special Needs Blog - Campfires and Cleats

    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.

  12. Best Variety Blog - The Common Room

    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!

  13. Best NEW Homeschool Blog - Grace Tells Another Story

    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.]

  14. Funniest Homeschool Blog - Stacy Makes Cents

    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.

  15. Best Homemaking and/or Recipes Blog - Home to 4 Kiddos

    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.]

  16. Best Crafts, Plans & Projects Blog - Only Passionate Curiosity

    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.

  17. Best Encourager - God's Daughter

    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.

  18. Best Thrifty Homeschool Blogger - Frugal Homeschool Family

    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.]

  19. Best Nitty Gritty Homeschooler Blog - Confessions of a Homeschooler

    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???

  20. Best Homeschool Mom Blog - Heidi St John, The Busy Mom

    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.

Congrats

We always have a few winners that win multiple categories, but we like to make sure that we have 20 DIFFERENT winners. We made a call to give the runner-up in those categories the winning title. We don’t want ANYONE to feel like a runner-up; everyone nominated is unique and wonderful in their own way! (If you won in more than one category then we awarded you the category where you received the MOST votes)

Thank You

Special Thanks go out to:

  • God, for providing.....everything.
  • Our wonderful readers for sharing news about the awards, nominating and voting!
  • Our amazing sponsors! {Visit our Prize Page to see what they so generously donated, or click on their name in our sidebar to visit them directly}
  • Jackie Siperko for her assistance getting the polls ready on time!
  • Our fabulous team for writing wonderful posts so Heather and I could focus on the awards.
  • Did I mention our great sponsors?
  • How about our AHHHHmazing readers???  Without YOU, we would have no awards.
  • Our families, who have enjoyed a couple of family movie nights recently, sitting next to mom and her laptop.

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We encourage you to visit the winning blogs and leave a comment congratulating them!

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone from The Homeschool Post!

 

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5 Reasons You Should Write a Homeschool Blog

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.

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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?  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!

 

Sara (23 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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The 2013 Homeschool Blog Awards are coming!

The 2013 Homeschool Blog Awards are coming

Six weeks until the official announcement, but like a kid at Christmas I can’t help but start getting excited early!

Do you remember last year’s awards? We had so many amazing blogs nominated. We also had so much fun sharing information about our awards sponsors. Passing out the prizes always feels great!

We showcased the winners of each category weekly. When those 20 weeks were over, we then highlighted all the top ten winners in each category.

We would love,love, love it if you would consider putting a button up on your blog sharing the news! You can grab your buttons here!

We are already working on our Prize Page for 2013 Homeschool Blog Awards and the partners are amazing!

If you are interested in partnering with us for the awards season please email us at thehomeschoolpost at gmail dot com!

Lisa Baldwin (59 Posts)

Disciple of Christ, Wife, Mother of Four, Homeschooler, Crafter, Designer (Graphics and CSS/HTML), Blogger. I share too much, laugh at the wrong things, and fall on my backside regularly. Thank goodness Jesus ignores all of that and loves me anyway.


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