So . . . Mom's Heart was started as a journal. It was a place for me to write all that stuff down, just once, and share with everyone at the same time. It gave me an outlet to share stories and pictures and still feel connected with family, and then I realized I enjoyed sharing our preschool activities with others. It was fun to connect with other homeschooling families and kind of find my way.
Eventually I realized I could supplement my book-buying addiction by reviewing books for different publishers and book review programs. Happy day! Then I was shocked to learn I could review homeschool curriculum as well. We were approaching Kindergarten, and the thought of getting free curriculum in exchange for my opinion was very appealing. I've been on the Schoolhouse Review Crew since 2012 and it's a blessing. It's not just about the curriculum and reviews. Being a homeschool blogger has helped me connect with other homeschoolers and I've learned a lot about blogging and homeschooling in the process. Blogging with commitments to the Schoolhouse Review Crew, other companies and authors who have connected with me to share their products or books has held me accountable. I have to focus on writing, editing, deadlines, and social media sharing. I have to prioritize my time.
I get to give back to the homeschool community, by helping companies and authors get their program or book out their to a larger audience, and I also get to give my thoughts and opinions for other homeschoolers to help decide if a program is right for their family. I love hearing from readers to ask questions about products we've reviewed or to tell me they they're trying a program based on my reviews.
Blogging has helped me think about how I express myself, because even though it's my journal, it's out there for everyone to read. As the boys have grown and our homeschooling style has adapted and changed, the content of my blog has "changed" with us. However, I still enjoy sharing our unit studies, field trips and activities, because I love looking back over the year and seeing what we've done and learned, and how the kids have grown. Let's face it...I lost the time and energy to scrapbook when kids started popping out, so the blog kind of serves as a digital journal/scrapbook/yearbook.
I blog to write about my kids. I blog to record our educational pursuits. I blog to remember all those little things that one day will be the big things. The books and curriculum are perks, while the homeschool connections, personal growth and memories are the blessings.
So, fellow bloggers, why did you start blogging?
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