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. Each blogger brings their own unique perspective to the topic of homeschooling.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- Extra income. So many homeschool families are trying to make it on one income. Blogging can actually provide a boost to your income through advertising, product creation, and affiliate programs.
Do any of these reasons resonate with you?
I highly recommend the Genius Blogger’s Toolkit if you want to get started on the fast track to making income, balancing your priorities, and navigating the tech behind the scenes.