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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 (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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5 Reasons to Keep a Homeschooling Journal

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We’ve just begun week 5 of year 3 in homeschooling journey.   We started homeschooling after much push back by ME.  My husband was the one who wanted me to homeschool.  I wanted my kids to go to public or private school so badly.  Once I agreed to *try* homeschooling for a year when my first was Pre-K age, I began writing down my thoughts here and there.  Now, three years in, I am so grateful that I have a place to look back where I’ve been and where I’ve come…and I’m excited to see where I’m going.

You may not have a blog, but you can still easily start a journal TODAY.  Whether they are in kindergarten or high school, here are 5 reasons you NEED to start a homeschool journal:

1.  Perspective. 

Nothing has brought me more peace than to look back on my blog to a hard day and how I wrote out the details.  How my son didn’t want to read and kept writing his 3 backwards.  Just a few years later those worries are a thing of the past.  There are new worries, of course, but my own experience taught me, ‘this too shall pass.’.

2.  Stress-Relief

Even if you aren’t a natural writer–perhaps just listing out your trials and triumphs each homeschooling day can really help relieve your stress.  I’ve found it also helps me to feel less lonely.  If you’re overwhelmed, sit down and write it out and see how it makes you feel.

3.  Encouragement for a Friend

I cannot tell you how many times homeschooling friends have mentioned a certain concern or issue they are having.  At the time, I couldn’t relate–but then when I got home and started reading through my blog–there it was a few months or a year earlier.  It helped me to relate to other moms having a bad day when I was having a good one.  If you have  struggling friend, it would be a huge blessing to pass along your journal to let her read it and feel less alone.

4.  Keepsake

That old saying, ‘the days are long, but the years are short’ brings new meaning for the homeschool mom.  With no break in sight and laundry and dishes burying us, we feel like it will NEVER end.  However, last I heard, those babies do grow up and leave.  How wonderful a read it would be when we’re 65 in an empty house?  Or for your grown children to read when they are new parents.  Or for your grandchildren to read?  A beautiful gift!

5.  You Husband

When we want to word vomit on him when he walks in the door about the struggles or triumphs of our day, WRITE IT DOWN.  Then, when he’s less stressed and you’re not in the heat of the moment, pass your writings along to him.  It helps them gain a whole new perspective of what we struggle with 9-5 daily.  My husband reads my blogs and I can tell he has a deeper understanding of our homeschooling journey as a family.

So, get to writing ladies!

Liz (5 Posts)

Liz was a cheerleader swept off her feet by the football player back in high school. They’ve been married nearly ten years and are the proud parents to four young boys. She’d always envisioned working and sending her kiddos off to school so she could live the ‘normal’ American dream. However, life and the Lord surprised her and she’s learning to ‘redefine having it all’ while being a debt free homeschooling housewife. She enjoys finding strength from God’s word, the Today show, talking on the phone with friends, and being real about finances and parenting.


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