Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Do You Ever Think of Starting A Blog?

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If you are a reader here, chances you read other blogs too.  Chances are that at some point or another you have thought about starting a blog yourself (if you don't already have one).  Am I right?  Maybe you see other people share the fun things that they do in their homeschool and you'd like to share you ideas too.  Maybe you've heard that bloggers can make money, and you would like to make some money from your home as well.  Maybe you see the opportunities that homeschool bloggers get to work with curriculum companies and you would like to try out some new curriculum too!

I remember a few years ago when I started reading blogs.  I loved the encouragement I would receive from people I didn't even know, and the great ideas I would find because I could search out like-minded people.

When my son turned two, I began having preschool times with him a few times a week.  We would learn letters and colors and things like that.  In my personal life, I have a lot of support for homeschooling, but I would often get the question "What exactly do you do with him?  How do you teach a 2 year old?"

Now, for those of us who read blogs about education, these are silly questions because there is a ton of information and ideas and examples out there, but five years ago that wasn't the case.  I decided I would try to start a blog to share what my plans were for teaching my son each week.  My desire was to show others how they could also teach their little ones at home!

Slowly but surly, Living and Learning at Home has morphed into what you see today.

Back then:
  • I had a few general topics I would write about
  • I didn't have many readers, so if I didn't write, no one noticed =)
  • I didn't have advertisers
  • The blog didn't make any money
  • I had no product to sell
  • My blog was purely a hobby

Now:
  • I have a vision and am quite focused in my writing 
  • My readership has grown and has come to count on regular series such as Trivium Tuesdays and Classical Mamas Read
  • I partner with companies that I love and am able to share great products with you
  • I have seen my work pay off and I make a little money from ebook sales, advertisers, affiliate marketing, and sponsored posts
  • I sell copywork packs, and that has grown so much that I needed to start a separate site for it, Classical Copywork
  • I consider this a part-time profession.  No, I don't make a lot, but I feel like my work here is worth my effort now.

Pin ItWhat I love about blogging is that you can start for free and you can play around with it and see if it's something you like to do without anyone even having to know =)

If the thought of starting a blog has been rolling around in your head, I encourage you to give it a shot!  If you have no where to start, the ladies from the iHomeschool Network are here to help!  We have each contributed our area of expertise into approximately 700 pages of blogging goodness!

If you already have a blog, but you have questions about website design, growing your blog, getting sponsors, etc., these books will be so helpful to you!

From today until April 20th, you can get both iBlog and iBlog Pro together for a great deal!  Visit the iBlog website to learn more and purchase this great bundle.  You can even see the table of contents for each book so you can know exactly what you are getting!

Let me know if you take the plunge and start blogging!


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4 comments:

  1. My blogging journey sounds exactly the same. It started as a journal and it's only in the past 6 months that I've decided to turn it into a job. I have to admit it's the best job I've ever had!

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    1. I agree! Blogging is perfect for me =) I love coming up with new ideas...if only I had more time! Though, that is part of the reason blogging is so perfect (no set hours).

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  2. It's fun to see how we all decided to write posts like this around now. That's what my post today is about.

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