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What's New at The Homeschool Post? @hsbapost #homeschool

Are you enjoying the excitement of starting a new homeschool year?  Do you have renewed energy and big plans for the months to come after taking some time off this summer?  Fall always inspires me to start with a clean slate even though we really homeschool year-round.

The Homeschool Post has some big things in store this fall, too.  We’re getting a redesign, just in time to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the annual Homeschool Blog Awards!  How exciting is that?  We’ll be going offline over the weekend to make some changes behind the scenes, but we’ll be back next week with a whole new look.

Speaking of the Homeschool Blog Awards . . . start thinking about nominations!  {Tweet This} They are coming soon and we want this Awards season to be bigger and better than ever in celebration of the 10th anniversary!  I’m looking forward to seeing the nominations and rewarding fellow homeschool bloggers with recognition and prizes.

We are also adding new writers to our team, including a homeschool dad.  We have plans to add more writers to the team and are opening up guest post opportunities, so get in touch if you’re interested in more information.  If you are a homeschool vendor interested in advertising opportunities or Awards sponsorships, please contact us as well.

Since taking over here at The Post this spring, things have been a whirlwind.  I have been a reader of this blog since 2008 and a writer on the team since 2013.  I have the utmost respect for the homeschool community here, our team of writers, our founder Sprittibee, her successor Lisa (who has been a good friend and mentor to me through this process), and all that goes into maintaining a valuable resource that aims to encourage, inform, and connect homeschoolers.

I pray you are all blessed by reading and interacting with The Homeschool Post!

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Blessings on your homeschool journey,

 

Sara (27 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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Top Ten Wednesday: Best Nitty Gritty Homeschool Blog

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Each week, until April, we will be highlighting the Top Ten Bloggers from each category of The 2013 Homeschool Blog Awards. We understand the hard work that is involved in running a successful blog. Kudos to all who were nominated, all who made the top ten and to our winners!

This week we are highlighting the 2013 Best Nitty Gritty Homeschool Blogs!

Best Nitty Gritty Homeschool Blog

These homeschool bloggers are brutally honest and open about the realities of homeschooling. 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?

Winner 2013 Best Nitty Gritty Homeschool Blog

Confessions of a Homeschooler was our big winner this year! Erica’s blog is full of great reviews, resources, homeschooling advice, encouragement, and even meal planning ideas!

Top Ten 2013 Best Nitty Gritty Homeschool Blogs

In no particular order:

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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 (27 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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***ART PROJECTS curriculum –ages 10+ -fulfills high school fine arts credit 10% off + FREE SHIPPING in U.S. Code: STL Offer expires September 30th http://www.seethelightshine.com***