There are a lot of bloggers out there in that vast expanse of cyber space, but blogging can be all about your own personal benefit. You see, some people blog for the benefit of others, some blog for money, and others blog for themselves. As a homeschool mother of six, I blog for several reasons… but one of those is definitely for the benefit of myself and my family.
I can record via a blog post how we went about learning a particular concept, or what really cool field trip that we went on. I am recording these events and methods for use again later as my little ones grow. Yet, I am also enabling other homeschoolers to have the benefit of different ideas.
The world’s a big place, and we as homeschoolers can share with one another to make homeschooling a whole lot easier.
To be honest, in the first few years I homeschooled I didn’t have much of a connection to the world outside of my home. I labored endlessly, as most mothers do, relying on my own ideas, inspiration, and ingenuity. Let’s just say… that ran out pretty quick. Once I discovered the wealth of information that homeschooling parents share on the internet… I was hooked. I was able to get fresh ideas all of the time… thanks to other like minded homeschooling parents who shared their great ideas on their blogs.
As a friend of mine always says, “We’re better together!” …more ideas, more knowledge,and more encouragement! Homeschool parents are so beneficial to one another. I know I have saved countless hours and money on purchasing curriculum that I knew wouldn’t work for our family simply because of another homeschool parent’s review. I have also found wonderful resources because another homeschooler shared them with me on her blog.
If you are interested in starting your own homeschooling blog… don’t put it off. It’s really easy and it’s a lot of fun. There are several free blog writing courses out there to make it even easier. My kids love to see their pictures on my homeschooling blog, and as time goes on it will actually be rather like a family album!
Jamie Gaddy, B.S., M.Ed., Ed.D. has been an education professor for over 17 years. A pastor’s wife, freelance writer, and entrepreneur who now homeschools her six children (ages 5-16) in a sweet tea sippin’, wrap around porch sittin’, sweet southern Georgia town. She blogs at MomSchool.net