I began blogging in 2005 as a way to chronicle our homeschooling journey and provide a creative outlet for all the words that were inside my head. At one point in time I tried to separate my life into 2 different blogs; one for family and one for homeschooling, but I quickly realized home life and homeschooling are one in the same and will never be separate entities. I blog about the world as we live it. My world just happens to be one big classroom.
The benefits of blogging your homeschooling journey are numerous:
1. You have tangible evidence of homeschooling activities. This isn’t so much for the authorities as it is for the weary homeschooling mom. We need to be reminded often just how much we do and how nearly everything we do is related to instructing and training our children. If you are chronicling your day as a homeschooling mom, you will be able to look back and see just how far you’ve come and just how much you do in the course of a year.
2. Often blogging is the push you need to do more. It is amazing the energy a blog can create when you know you are planning to post about something you are doing in your homeschool. You want to have good pictures, you want to have fun projects, you want your children to remember that activity as being the best ever! You want it to be forever etched in internet history! If you know you’ll be blogging about it, you want it to be worthy of a post.
3. Blogging helps connect you and others with good ideas. The world of blogging is all about connections. You meet people via your own blog and via the blogs you frequent. From those connections you glean new ideas, new ways of approaching things, new ways of looking at your homeschool. When you post about your own day and your trials and successes, you are quite likely a link for others to ideas they’ve never tried. Blogging homeschoolers are symbiotic, creating a community that reaps the benefit of encouragement and information.
4. Blogging is a great creative outlet. I’ve been a writer all my life, so blogging was a natural fit for me when it came to keeping my creative juices flowing. For some moms, it is a place to discover their artistic side in photography. Blogging has taught me HTML, better photography skills, and has even opened up opportunities to write in other capacities. While I would never advocate for something that takes a mom away from her family, I am an advocate for thinking mothers who stay sharp and creative throughout their day. If you are able to balance blogging and homeschooling/family life, it can be a great way to hone these skills.
5. Blogging can be a family effort. Some of my blog posts and the comments that have been left there have sparked some great discussions amongst my family members. We’ve been introduced to some wonderful people, new perspectives, and great ideas. My children have also contributed to the blog via photography, brainstorming, and simply through their daily antics that find their way into my posts. Our homeschool has been enhanced through these interactions and contributions in so many exciting ways.
Blogging our life as homeschoolers truly has been an adventure in and of itself! So, I would encourage you to start a blog. Make it a place that is you. Infuse it with elements that feel like home. Be inspired. Inspire others. Blog the journey!
(If you’re a homeschooling blogger or the idea of becoming a blogger seems like something you are interested in, please make sure to visit the website for the 2:1 Conference, a conference focused on Christian homeschooling bloggers.)
Amy can be found writing at Raising Arrows.