Monday, November 9, 2015

Blogging: Why do I do it?

When I left the workforce to be a stay-at-home-mom and prepare to homeschool, I found myself on the internet doing a lot of research.  I'm a night owl, and sitting up after the kids go to bed, with a QUIET house is peaceful to me.  At night, I would research homeschooling methods and curriculum choices and book lists and crafts and hands-on activities . . . everything I could possibly find related to homeschooling young children.  I'd frequently find myself on blogs, checking out fun ideas to do with the boys.  Then I'd later find myself writing long emails to a couple of family members out of town, updating them on our transition into homeschooling and the activities we were doing, or funny stories about the kids.  It finally dawned on me that I could just start my own blog.

Why Do I Blog?


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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11 comments:

  1. I also started out blogging as a journal of our days and it just had a bunch of rabbit trails over the years -- even different blog names. Nice to meet another night owl -- although I'm really trying to be diligent at going to bed earlier.

    Blessings on your blogging!

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    1. I've been a night owl since I was a kid, and with babies who haven't slept well at night . . . the cycle continues!

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  2. I thought it would be cool to write. When I first started blogging, I really didn't have much of a purpose so I would share an update here and there about our lives and my thoughts. I still share updates, but now I have more of a purpose in my writing.

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    1. Yes, having a purpose to the blog has kept me more focused and committed.

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  3. I started my blog as a way to keep family and friends up to date on our youngest daughter's medical journey. Once the big crisis was over, I continued blogging about our days and then started talking about our homeschool materials. Before long a friend encouraged me to think about the Schoolhouse Review Crew. I cannot believe I've been blogging for almost seven years now.

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    1. I'm sure blogging through her medical journey was also therapeutic, but I'm glad you were able to transition the focus of your blog.

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  4. I started blogging to record our school days and what we have learned. I'm a part of the 2016 Review Crew, and I am so excited to get started!

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    1. So glad to meet a new Crew member! It's really a lot of fun! :)

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  5. oh... why did I start blogging? it's been so long I scarce remember... now I blog for several reasons.

    to educate folks on rabbits(work blog), to keep myself accountable (my devotional blog), and all my homeschool stuff... helps people stay current on what we are doing and gives me a place to write reviews and share knowledge that way. :)

    Visiting from blogging through alphabet (a net in time)

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    1. Sounds like you're a busy blogger. I can barely keep up with one blog, I can't imagine three!

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  6. I started blogging to share what we were doing as homeschoolers, but it's kind of morphed. I had a "family" blog, but two was too much, so it's melded into one. I also discovered (re-discovered, really) how much I enjoy writing!

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