A few years ago, I was homeschooling my six children and trying to devise a way that I could bring in some extra income. I had been a teacher for many years, and had earned several college degrees. It wasn’t easy maintaining the decision to stay at home, but looking back now I would never trade it for anything. Yet, over the years I have been able to be involved in several ways to earn additional income.
When I began I didn’t know a thing about blogging. I started working for www.Time4Learning.com. We were using Time4Learning as our homeschool curriculum and I responded to one of the ads about working with them. They actually sent me to school to learn about blogging, and had me begin a blog for them. I learned so much, and even though I had been to college for many years writing for blogs is so different than the type of writing that you use in educational research. That has now been over four years ago, and I am still working with them. Yet, through their teaching and training I have been able to go on and begin blogging for myself.
A few basic principles of blogging must be understood before you begin. You can just jump in and learn as you go (pretty difficult), or find a free online course that will help you learn the basics. There is a great free blog writing course( http://blogwritingcourse.com/
If you do decide to begin a blog, you must first determine your purpose. Without a purpose a blog is simply drifting. Once you nail down your purpose, then think about the niche or audience that you would like to reach. When you’ve determined these two major things you can move on to the fun stuff like finding a catchy title, a cute theme (try Cutest Blog on the Block for free cutesy), and even making lists of topics you’d like to touch on.
Whether you begin to blog for income, or if you are just doing it for personal reasons… blogging is a great way to express yourself, reach out to other homeschooling mothers, and even chronicle your daily homeschooling. With all that aside… blogging can really be just plain fun!
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. You can find her blog at www.momschool.net.