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i use blogger and mainly use the app on my iphone to post.
I take "real" pics for our albums and such, but I try to snap a few pics of us doing things throughout the day with my phone, then I upload them and call it a day.
Im using the blog as a scrapbook for our family. my dh's family in ny check it every night and call me if Im not posting with enough frequency.
I use alternate names.. but i only do it so that when they get older and an employer googles their name they don't get pictures of them in cloth diapers and such.
anyone making changes for 2011 --
or any new momma gonna start a blog for scfhool for 2011
I've had a blog for a while, but would like to keep it more up-to-date, and hopefully a little more interesting, this year.
Changes? Hmm, I'm not sure. I have two blogs, one I started when DD was still crawling that has her name in the title and one started around the time DS was conceived. Both are set to public but I tend not to share the link to DD's with anyone but family and close friends (yet it has more followers lol), the second one was supposed to be my more public one and the one where I blathered on more generally about unschooling/homeschooling, got all opinionated etc. I think in a lot of ways it would work well for me to have general blog & a homeschool blog for each child, but as you said I just can't separate our life out like that.
Oh, here is the "public" one:
I use blogger, too, though I was with a dedicated homeschooling blog, um, service provider? a few years ago. It was nice, but not really the atmosphere I was looking for. I have been thinking of looking around for another lately. I really enjoy browsing other hsing blogs and it was much easier when I was there.
I do a quick summary of our day, the books we read, games we played, workbooks the kids worked in, etc. It's mostly for my own record keeping, though for it to be useful, I would have to keep up with it more than a smattering of posts every few months.
I rarely post pictures, unless it's something I've put on the computer anyway and it won't take me long and I really want to include it. I use first initials instead of names, don't use my location, etc.
I have (thinking...) 7 blogs. I think 7. Possibly Only 2-3 of them get updated regularly (and by "regularly" I mean weekly). Another 2-3 get updated maybe once/month. The rest are defunct (I love to write and belt out stuff very quickly :) ). I have half on Blogger (one is actually on homeschoolblogger which is a Blogger.com system now) and half on WordPress. I absolutely hands-down love Wordpress better.
Only one of them uses any real names (only first names--the food blog) and only two of them use real locations (because they are related to real estate). I have yet to ever post photos of people and often link out to photos on the internet (especially for the renovation blog). I have posted pictures, just not of people. Actually I have a blog on allergenic eating, renovating, building wealth by following specific theories, creating a peaceful life, our homeschool journey, a court case we were involved with regarding a former foster daughter (almost never updated anymore), a full-on diary (that's been neglected for a few months), a blog I started from the perspective of one of the dogs that has probably not been updated for over a year or two, a blog I started to highlight great stuff about my former town (that I'm about to delete), and another I was trying to write about how being a SAHM was akin to my life in corporate america (that has like 2 posts total and never gets updated... ought to delete that one, too). I seriously love to write. :) The first five get the most hits by far. The allergenic eating blog is on blogger and has been a nightmare to update because Blogger has problems inserting a new post when I log in as one user, but not when I log in as another user. I separate some of my blogs by different log ins because people can connect you to all the blogs you have under one login and I want to be sure anything referring to location isn't connected to me.
Right now, Wordpress is doing a Postaday and Postaweek thing where they encourage you to post either daily or weekly depending on your goals and will e-mail you accordingly with helpful topics in case you're stumped and don't know what to write. :) See the details here: http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2010/12/30/how-to-sign-up-postaday-postaweek/
The best advice I have is: don't worry if you don't have a lot to say. Just post the one sentence you're thinking... just do it. By the same token, don't worry about rambling on, either. There are absolutely guidelines about post length, etc. for people who write professionally--but please, don't sweat it. Just get started. :)
So, are there no homeschooling blog communities out there, other than homeschoolblogger? I left there in a bit of a huff 5 years ago over The Old Schoolhouse magazine accepting advertising from No Greater Joy Ministries. It was really nice having a community like that, though. Are there no others?