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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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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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 (15 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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Have you made a memory lately?

Sometimes I get so wrapped up in Mommy mode:

Making a fun memory

  • homeschooling
  • remembering that my kids should eat 3 times a day plus snacks
  • that they need clean clothes to wear
  • AND the bathroom shouldn’t be nuclear waste site.

Not to mention:  blogging.

Oh, yeah…that does take time.  It is a 2nd 3rd job to me.  But, hey, it does provide a little income for homeschooling books.

The other day, I had a free moment.

I didn’t know what to do with myself.  So, I just looked at my sweet girls.  I realized how fast they were growing up.

I don’t want them to grow up without any fun memories.

My eldest was biting her nails at the moment.  It is a bad habit she has had since she was little.  She only quits when her nails are painted.

I asked them if they wanted to have a fast manicure.

I told them I would pick some fun color and they had to trust me.  (They should have known better.)

I picked a different spring color for each nail.

We did toes too.

They loved it.

I loved it.

A quick fun memory that hopefully will last for a couple of weeks.

Have you made a memory lately?  If not, go do it – your kids need you!

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Blessings to you!  You are loved!

Lana (32 Posts)

Lana's crazy life is all about 5 kids,a husband who constantly is doing DIYs and remodeling, travel, teaching, Texas, photography, social media and chocolate, all while having true JOY. Come see her life on iLoveMy5Kids.


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