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Carnival of Homeschooling for the Week of October 27th, 2014

Sit back, relax and enjoy  another fabulous episode of Carnival of Homeschooling!

Carol at Journey and Destination presents “Picture Books are Just for Young Children – Rubbish!” where she helps us to see the many advantages of using picture for more than just reading to our youngest kiddos. She also includes a fabulous list of her favorite picture books – I’ve found several I have never read to my kids so it’s off to the library for us tomorrow!

Harvest Moon by Hand presents “Hildegard Van Bingen – Composer Study” where we learn so much about this amazing and talented woman from long long ago. From the author: We have been studying various composers for homeschooling for several years now. We began the 2014-15 homeschool year by studying Hildegard von Bingen whose music both my daughters thoroughly enjoyed.

Annie Kate at Annie Kate’s Homeschool Reviews presents “Civics:  How our Heavenly Citizenship Affects our Earthly Countries” – Quote from the article: One of our homeschooling goals is to raise citizens of the kingdom of heaven who care about their earthly country as well. We want to equip them to influence their culture for Christ … and this includes political action. Annie Kate also includes several valuable resources on this topic.

Annie Kate also brings us a review of “The Perfect Score Project by Debbie Stier” – From the author: This is the story of one mom’s efforts to help her son study for the SAT by modelling SAT studying herself…including taking the test 7 times in one year.

Andrea at Notes From a Homeschooled Mom presents “Rote Memorization – Just Practice” where she draws homeschooling lessons about memorization from an art class video she watched – good stuff!

Julie at The Smallest Acre presents “Sea World Home School Day” – From the author: We recently took a field trip to Sea World for Sea World Home School Day.  This is a brief summary of what they have to offer.

Denise at Let’s Play Math! presents “Horseshoes: A Place Value Game” where she shows us a fun math game for all ages. You will probably also enjoy the Math Teachers at Play carnival #79 from last week: Math Teachers at Play #79

Joesette at Learning Curvey presents Happy Birthday, Picasso! where she gives us some great details on the life of this fabulous artist and shows us some of the artwork her children did in the cubist form.

Petticoat Government presents “Great Sand Dunes National Park” – From the author: We had a great autumn field trip to the sand dunes in southern Colorado, and it even tied in with our study of ancient Egypt!

Janine at Why Homeschool presents “Things I Like About Homeschooling by Baby Bop” where she shares a very sweet conversation between herself and her 8 year old homeschooler – love his replies!


I grabbed quite a few great ideas to use for school next week with my kids! I hope you did, too! Make sure to tune in next week for another fabulous Carnival. If you would like to submit an article, please click here. If you know someone who blogs about homeschooling topics, please send them this way so we can include their valuable articles too!

Carnival of Homeschooling IS READY TO Enjoy!

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Welcome the Carnival of Homeschooling!!

If you are anything like me, this carnival is one of the highlights of the internet for you! Join me as we learn and fellowship together!

Just one little bit of housekeeping first off. The website that this carnival goes through to get submissions, BlogCarnival, has been down for several weeks which means that the number of our submissions have gone down greatly. Submissions are always accepted through the home site, WhyHomeschool. Let’s work together and bring this Carnival back up to the popularity it deserves!!

And now, for this week’s submissions!

Henry at WhyHomeschool presents “Homeschooling in the News comparing past media sentiment regarding homeschooling to the landscape of today’s news and finds an interesting shift.

Annie Kate at Tea Time with Annie Kate presents “After the Homeschooling Conference giving us some great ways to make sure all that motivation and inspiration we received at the homeschooling conference actually impacts our homeschooling strategy on a day-to-day basis. (You can also visit Annie Kate at Embracing a Gluten Free Life.)

D. Headmistress at The Common Room presents “Good Books and Stories Build Character helping us to see that using well written stories and tales builds vocabulary and writing skills, but more importantly, gives children grand ideas to think about.

Rachael at Diamonds In The Rough presents “The Real Benefits of Homeschool where she lists the many non-academic, REAL reasons to homeschool!

Melissa at The Cork Board presents “The Summer Plan showing us a great example of her plans for letting her kiddos enjoy the summer while still getting in some brain exercise including two FREEBIES. (You can also find Melissa at Melissa Corkum Photography.)

Sharon at Reading-Writing-Learning presents “5 Parenting Tips For a Moral, Successful, Happy Child sharing that “all of us parents want our children to grow into happy, moral, successful adults. The way we discipline them has a great influence on them reaching this wonderful goal. Here are 5 tips parents can use to make sure their discipline methods develop great kids.”

Jennifer (that’s me!) at HomeGrownMommy presents “How To Find Free Events or Field Trips In Your Area sharing lots of ways to find the fun free events going on all around you for an educational trip or just a break from the norm.


That’s all folks! I hope you enjoyed this go-round of the Carnival of Homeschooling! Make sure to submit your articles for next week to WhyHomeschool (since BlogCarnival is down for now).

The Carnival of Homeschooling is Ready for your viewing pleasure!

Welcome to the December 17, 2013 edition of Carnival of Homeschooling! Every time I host the Carnival, I think I say the same thing – but, this week’s submissions are absolutely NOT to be missed! Pass them on to your friends!

And, without further ado …

First, Henry Cate (creator and fearless leader of Carnival of Homeschooling!) writes about their homeschool band in Christmas In The Park from Why Homeschool.

Chris Shaw from Homeschool Vs Public School challenges us to think about how we treat those that celebrate the holidays differently than we do in Celebrating the Season.

Jamie Gaddy from Let’s Homeschool High School writes Homeschoolers and the PSAT to give us a great resource to help understand the PSAT for high schoolers.

Karen from Homeschool Atheist Momma writes How to Homeschool saying “Just a little support for newbie homeschoolers!” If you have any fear about homeschooling, this will be a very comforting article. She also gives us some great resources that have helped her use the unschool-style with her high schoolers in the article Unschooling And High School Can Work!

From the blog Journey and Destination, we get a wonderful review of Boys Adrift by Leonard Sax, with a bonus link to some freebies!

Christine from The Thinking Mother writes Unschooling Results for Younger Son. It seems she is not getting the results she had hoped for with unschooling and is working through those feelings.

Janice Campbell presents Alternatives to Writing a Literary Analysis posted at Janice Campbell-Taking Time for Things That Matter, saying, “Essay writing is not the only tool for studying literature. Students can benefit from the occasional opportunity to approach the great books in a fresh way, so here are a few alternatives to writing a literary analysis.”

Peta-Gaye Reid presents The DEADLY Truth About Your Child’s Future posted at Math Is Super Cool. Peta shares some absolutely shocking statistics and stories about high school dropouts – but the solution shared in the accompanying video is wonderful. If you know anyone struggling with algebra, please share this video with them!

Kelli Miller presents Elf Reading Christmas Printable Flash Cards posted at 3 Boys And A Dog. These flash cards are very cute and will go along with any type of holiday themed lessons!

Denise presents 2013 Advent Math from Nrich posted at Let’s Play Math! saying, “Your children can play with math every day until Christmas!”

Kim Bennett from A Child’s Garden presents On A Snowy Evening saying, “We are taking some time during our snowy weather to make some poetry workbooks for next year, and to share some beautiful woolen gifts, fresh from the farm.”

That concludes this edition! I hope you enjoying it and learned something or was encouraged along the way!

Submit your blog article to the next edition of Carnival of Homeschooling using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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Carnival of Homeschooling is Ready!!

Thank you all so much for coming over to check out all the awesome wisdom being shared by fellow homeschooling families!

Thank you to those of you who participated by sending in articles! You help keep this wonderful resource running.

I noticed the number of article submissions are way down from the last time I hosted – let’s all share this carnival with friends, through Facebook and other social media outlets, our blogs, etc. This is such a great way for all of us to gain some insight through what other families have experienced – let’s help it grow bigger than ever before!!

On that note, here is this week’s edition of The Carnival of Homeschooling!!

Henry and Janine Cate (the creators of this Carnival many moons ago! Thank you, Cates!!) present “Where We Are After 14 Years of Homeschooling” from “Why Homeschool.” This was a hugely inspiring post. Not because they laid out a whole bunch of steps or talk about a specific strategy – but because they gave us a snapshot of their real-life struggles and that, in the end, everything will be okay.

Jamie Gaddy presents “What Are Your Kids Missing?” from “momSCHOOL.” Your homeschoolers might be missing something … but is definitely isn’t what you think! A great reminder of why some of us are choosing this homeschooling journey, even after the worst of days.

Monique presents “How To Start A Garden With Your Kids” from “Living Life and Learning.” She says, “Learn about science and biology outdoors by starting your own garden with your kids.”

Robin Sampson presents “Homeschooling with Movies & TV” from “Homeschool Blog“. A very comprehensive list of many resources you can use to supplement your homeschooling curriculum with movies and TV in many ways!

Susan Kilbride presents “Lessons and Activities” from “FUNTastic Unit Studies.” She says, “To celebrate the publication of her new book, The Salem Adventure, author Susan Kilbride has asked Amazon to give away free Kindle versions of her historical chapter book, “The King Philip’s War Adventure” on July 15, 16, and 17th.  For those of you not familiar with the series, here is a brief description of the book: “Finn & Ginny’s parents are lost back in time, and the two young twins have decided to take a second trip back to early America to find them. In The Pilgrim Adventure they had found themselves living on the Mayflower, but this time they get caught up in the horrors of King Philip’s War. The King Philip’s War Adventure is the second book in the Our America series.”

Amber Myrick presents “Why I choose to homeschool” from “The Work at Home Mom“. She says, “I wrote this blog to encourage other homeschooling parents. Many times I am questioned about my decision to homeschool and this blog post explores my family’s homeschooling plan and outlines my responses to common questions from people opposed to the homeschooling process.”

Mindy Hoffman presents “Ice Cream Sandwich Day CLIP” from “DenSchool“. She says, “Fun, free resources to help you celebrate a delicious holiday like Ice Cream Sandwich Day!” This is definitely the *yummiest* article submitted!

Ann Rinkenberger presents “Masking Tape Painting” and “Bringing Literature Alive: The Moorchild” from “Harvest Moon By Hand“. For painting, she says, “Recently I came across a pin on Pinterest that led to Marie Teorien’s blog that had a tutorial for tape painting. With the 4-H county fair coming up in July, thought it would be fun for my daughter to try to do a masking tape painting for one of her art projects.” For the literature article, she says, “During the summer, we are hosting a book club that meets once per month. Although there are some questions that we will be discussing at each meeting, the main focus is on bringing the book alive by doing a variety of different activities that tie into the book.”

Annie Kate presents “Pinterest for Homeschoolers” from “Annie Kate’s Homeschool Reviews“. She says, “I’ve just recently discovered Pinterest and it’s a natural for finding and sharing homeschool curricula, reviews, art ideas, science projects, and so much more.”

Jennifer presents “How To Keep Your God-Given Desires Alive” from “HomeGrownMommy.” I hope you will be encouraged by this article where I discuss the desires of your heart in this homeschooling journey.

I am quite sure you have enjoyed this week’s Carnival and I am so excited to have been able to host it for you! If you gained nothing else from this carnival, please take this into the next week with you – You Are Not Alone!!! There are many many homeschooling families taking this journey along side you. If you have a question, ask. If you are stressed or worried, share it and get some support from the rest of us! We are happy to help!!

Next week’s carnival is hosted by No Fighting, No Biting – please submit your articles before Monday at 6pm and make sure to tell lots of friends about it!!

Carnival of Homeschooling will be at HomeGrownMommy Next Week!

Submit your articles for the Carnival of Homeschooling! The next carnival (July 9th, 2013) will be right here, at HomeGrownMommy!

Last week’s carnival was hosted at Dewey’s Treehouse – go on over for all the awesome stuff you missed!

(Also, see “Related Posts” at the bottom of this article to see the other editions of the Carnival that I have hosted here.)

How To Keep Your God-Given Desires Alive

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling for the second week of July!!
I hope you enjoy my contribution!

Image Credit "Center Grove Middle School"

Sometimes, you really have to dig into life to get what you want! Once you’ve decided on something, don’t ever let “NO” be an answer!

Psalm 37:4  “Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.”

What are the desires of your heart with you homeschooling journey? Trust the Lord that He is giving them to you – maybe not in the way or the timing you were expecting, but He is faithful.Write down your goals! Post them and read them every single day – it will help keep you focused when days are tough.

When we first decide to homeschool or we first start to imagine what homeschooling will be like, it is easy to be excited! It’s easy to head into life each day with a good attitude.

Then, things start to get familiar instead of exciting. That new workbook has some torn corners and writing on the cover from the little ones. One of the kids said, “I don’t wanna do this!” And, you start to feel, little by little, a weight come down on your shoulders.

It reminds me of something that happened yesterday. I was talking someone that wanted to play football in high school – he is just entering 9th grade in the public school. Knowing that football practice starts sometime in the summer, I had been checking in with him to see if he signed up yet. Yesterday when I checked in, I got some excuses – I think the video games were calling a little too loudly! 🙂

{It’s easy, even with the most compelling desire, to allow yourself to do what’s easy. Any desire or goal will have some hurdles to overcome – don’t let that stop you!}

The first excuse was that he would call and only get voicemail. But, on the voicemail, they left an alternate number to call for the office. I called that number and got all the necessary information in a matter of minutes.

{Sometimes, our excuses for *not doing* are so easy to knock down – just one step in the right direction and you’re 5 miles down the road already!}

There were a few other excuses like, “I’m not *beefed up* enough for football” and “But I should probably make some friends at the school first” or “It going to cost too much”. Every excuse, I was able to reason with him as to why that should not be a factor to stop him from doing something he was excited about doing.

There was also some negativity coming from another person in his life who was also allowing the smallest reason to stop the flow of desire!

{Don’t let the nay-sayers tear down your confidence! If you have prayed and you know this is where God wants you, keep going! Hold that God-given desire in front of your face and keep on moving!}

I was glad that I was able to show this boy that no excuse is too big to allow our dreams to be deflated. Whether it’s playing football, the decision to homeschool, a certain way of doing school, a home business you want to start, any number of dreams and desires that you might have – those are important! Important enough to plow down any obstacle that gets in your way!!

Carnival of Homeschooling is Ready for You!

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Welcome to another wonderful edition of the Carnival Of Homeschooling! I hope you enjoy each and every article as I did – make sure to forward this to all your friends so we can share the blessing!

Denise presents Beautiful Math: Visualizing Music posted at Let’s Play Math!.

Patrick Brett presents Why Traditional Schooling is a Terrible Idea | Patrick Brett posted at Patrick Brett.

Joe Taylor presents 12 Tips for Parents of Latchkey Kids posted at Live-Out Nanny.

Brittany Harris presents 24 Blogs Filled with Ideas on How to Motivate Your Kids to Finish the School Year Strong posted at NannyPro.com.

Kathy Davis presents Homeschooling? Oh! I Could Never Do That! posted at Life Verses.

Jeanne presents World Education At Its Best posted by SoulTravelers3. Travel and homeschooling go together perfectly! We’ve been traveling the world non-stop for almost 8 years ( to 45 countries on 5
continents on $23/day pp) to educate our child and give tips for “worldschooling”. We’re monolingual parents raising a fluent as a native trilingual /triliterate ( Mandarin/Spanish/English) and do piano and violin as we roam too.

Jamie presents Socialization? Seriously? posted at Time4Learning Community Blog

Christe presents Give It 2 Years posted at Aquinas Homeschool. This is one of my personal favorites because I think so many people give homeschooling a try and give up too soon.

Chareen presents HomeSchool Daily Schedules posted at Every Bed of Roses. A few thoughts on Homeschool Daily Schedules are they your servant or your master ? How do you get the best from them.

Henry presents Brain Development 101: Movement Matters posted at Why Homeschool. Janine shares some links to research on brain development in children.

Lisa presents Teaching Creatively : Hands on Projects posted at Golden Grasses. Various hands-on projects we do, as we teach creatively!

Annie Kate presents Choosing a New Spelling Curriculum posted at Tea Time With Annie Kate.

Karen presents My Essential Homeschooling Strategies posted at Homeschool Atheist Momma.

Chris presents Learning New Languages posted at Home School vs Public School.

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of Carnival of Homeschooling using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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Carnival of Homeschooling is Ready!

Carnival of Homeschooling hosted by HomeGrownMommyI always get such great input when going through the Carnival of Homeschooling – and even more so when I have the priviledge of hosting the Carnival!

Read on to add some more wonderful tools to your pile!

Mrs. White at The Legacy of Home presents “The 15 Minute Cleaning Helper” – An article full of ideas to get even the most reluctant child to help with chores around the house.
Nebby at Letters From Nebby presents “Deciding to Homeschool (or Not)” – With the new school year approaching, there are always new people considering homeschooling. These are my thoughts on the many reasons to homeschool.
Notes From A Homeschooled Mom presents “Don’t Toss Those Homeschool Papers Just Yet” – Gives several examples of how students already admitted to college had to dig back into old homeschool records for further information.
(One thought I had after reading the above article is that it would be very good to consult the Home School Legal Defense Association to make sure what the University is asking for is necessary and legal before complying, whether you have kept records for all those years or not.)
Our Curious Home presents “M’s Math At Breakfast” – My son was trying to figure out some fractions in his head while I was trying to get us all fed and out the door to Sunday School. However, the math stuff is stored in the kitchen, so we were able to find the manipulatives and eat breakfast all at the same time (and take pictures, I wrote it up later.)
Katherine at No Fighting No Biting! presents “Reason #567” – A conversation with a local high school graduate makes me glad we homeschool.
Cari at Herding Hobbits presents “Out In The World!” – My two public schoolers are on holidays, so this is a wrap up of what we got up to over the last week! I feel that they miss out on a lot by choosing to stay in traditional school (but they do love it!) so we shared with them some of what we do while they are in class. THIS is what my ideal life with my boys would be like 🙂 Us, exploring the great place we live in. There is no end of fun things to do, that inspire all sorts of learning, that often doesn’t look much like what we think of as learning!
Christa at Mother of Discussion presents “Ways to Save Money on Homeschool Curriculum and Supplies” – This post lists 7 ways I’ve saved money on homeschooling curriculum and supplies.
Barbara at Barbara Frank Online presents “Helping Our Kids Find a Career” – How can you help your homeschooled child choose a career?
Harvest Moon By Hand presents “10 Highlights from Our Trip to South Dakota and Minnesota” – We have been using the Cantering the Country curriculum this past year. This spring we studied about the midwestern states. In June, we explored southwestern Minnesota and southeastern South Dakota. Both areas had lots of learning opportunities – planned and unexpected. This post highlights ten of the favorite activities we did.
Denise at Blogging 2 Learn presents “New Fantasy Fiction Book by 13yo Homeschooler” – My 13-year-old daughter just released her first book on Kindle: Banished (The Riddled Stone, Book One).
Shannon at A Little Adrift: Traveling the World presents “A Little Disturbing…No Officials Ask for My Minor’s Travel Documents” – I homeschooled my niece from Thailand this past school year and was surprised by how easy it is to leave the country with a minor. Thought it would be helpful for other homeschooling moms to consider!
Ann at Harvest Moon By Hand presents “How To Dissect an Owl Pellet” – After learning about owls that live in Minnesota, my daughters and I each were able to dissect an owl pellet. We were all surprised at what was in each one.
Victoria at Den School presents “Science Learning Made Fun” – I remember searching for science experiment ideas as a child being a total nightmare. With the help of media sources like YouTube and Pinterest, fun science experiments are easier than ever to explore!
Thank you everyone for submitting your posts and for stopping by the best Carnival of Homeschooling!  You can check out the Archive of past carnivals for even more awesome information.  Don’t forget to support the host for next week, WhyHomeschool, the wonderful creator and faciliator of this great carnival!

Carnival Of Homeschooling – Hosted by HomeGrownMommy

Carnival of HomeschoolingWelcome! This is the October 4, 2011 edition of carnival of homeschooling.  Even here in Florida, we’re finally into cooler weather and enjoying this beautiful autumn season.

My husband and I are having a great time building our new home-based business together – online marketing for offline businesses.  We are meeting so many wonderful people and learning more than we ever thought possible!

By the way, if you are trying to support your homeschooling efforts financially by keeping up your blog, let me share with you my top five tips for making sure readers find your blog. Check out my submission Are You Playing Hide and Seek With Your Blog?

And now, on with the show …

Annette presents Overwhelmed? Perhaps not any more! posted at A Net in Time saying, “learning not to be overwhelmed by homeschooling.”

nak presents Sidewalk Chalk Art posted at Sage Parnassus. Now, this isn’t just any sidewalk chalk art – you’ve got to see it to believe what she and her children did! You’d never imagine that you could cross Michelangelo with sidewalk chalk – but they sure did.

Jennifer Saksa presents New Typing Game Added to Free Typing Tutor Software posted at NCH Software Blog saying, “A fun and free way to teach kids how to type, KeyBlaze typing tutor software now has a typing game built in for a fun way to practice between typing lessons.”


Fred Lee presents An Outdoor Education: 4 Fall Learning Activities for Young Children posted at Parenting Squad.

Denise presents How to Conquer the Times Table, Part 4 posted at Let’s Play Math! saying, “We are in the middle of an experiment in mental math. We are using the world’s oldest interactive game — conversation — to explore multiplication patterns while memorizing as little as possible.”

Brandy presents Educating Deprived Filipino Children posted at Alvin Pates saying “Alvin Pates is dedicated to change in the Philippines by focusing on basic education in the belief that education is a critical requisite for socio-economic change”.

Read Aloud … Dad presents Phenomenal Picture Books: Officer Buckle and Gloria posted at Read Aloud Dad saying, “Safety Tip #102: Never stop reading aloud to your kids”.

Karen presents Another Homeschool Year – Shakespeare posted at Candid Diversions saying “I (a homeschool graduate) discuss a subject that I consider a “gap” in my own education: Shakespeare’s plays. This post describes how I’m filling that gap for myself and my children.”

Danica presents Spider Unit – Spider Facts Flip Book posted at Adventures at the Kitchen Table saying, “We’re starting a spider unit as we roll into October. This simple activity can be modified in many different ways for pretty much anything you want to study!”

Pamela Jorrick presents Time 4 Learning Review posted at Blah, Blah, Blog.

Suzy Shalom presents How to Make Icing For Cakes posted at Cake Decorating Class saying, “How to make icing is among the many things that a cake decorator thinks about. Icing is applied as a fishing touch on cookies, cakes and cupcakes. Several different types of icing exist for cake decorating. Icing can determine a lot how a decorated cake will finally look like.”

Brenda presents Free Download Friday! posted at School4Free saying “Free worksheets, stories, and crafts.  This week we have an Autumn craft, mini books, and stories for children.”

Jennifer Bardsley presents Beast Academy Review | Teaching My Baby To Read posted at Teaching My Baby To Read saying, “A review of the upcoming math curriculum, “Beast Academy”, from the Art of Problem Solving folks. Yes, I was one of the lucky recipients of the sample chapters. Please don’t hate me!”

Dee Trope presents Creating a Responsible Teen (or attempting to!) – Blogs – Parent Community and Forum posted at Homeschool Online.

AnnieKate presents Questions for Math Students after Finishing a Problem posted at Tea Time with Annie Kate.

Lisa Nehring presents Challenge and Back to D.C. and A Day at a One Room Schoolhouse all posted at Golden Grasses.

Rhonda Franz presents An Outdoor Education: 4 Fall Learning Activities for Young Children posted at Parenting Squad.

Susan Ryan presents Homeschooling as a Microtrend or Major Trend? posted at Corn and Oil

Angela Gray presents 10,000 Hours – Team Gray! posted at Team Gray! saying, “When you feel like you’ve hit a wall in homeschooling, remember that it takes 10,000 hours to master something, and keep going!”


Linda Dobson presents Want a Healthier Family? 12 Health Benefits of Homeschooling posted at PARENT AT THE HELM

Mrs. White presents Mother as the Coach posted at The Legacy of Home.

That concludes this edition!

Thank you so much for your submissions and for all your hard work promoting this carnival.

Please start telling your fellow bloggers about the Carnival of Homeschooling!

Next week’s carnival is being hosted by Hal Young over at Raising Real Men.

Submit your blog article to the next edition of Carnival of Homeschooling using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.


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Are You Playing Hide and Seek With Your Blog?

Peek-a-boo!  I see you!

It’s a cute game to play with our sweet little babies.  You hide, you come out, you hide, you come out.  Oh, the laughter and fun!

It’s not a cute game when you’re talking about your blog – especially when you are trying to generate another stream of income with all your hard work and effort that you put into it.

My husband and I recently started helping businesses in our local area to create a more effective online marketing strategy.  Here are five of the best things you can do to make sure your site is being found by readers …

Number One – Get your OWN blog!!!  If you don’t own your domain name and your own space, then you don’t own the content either.  They can pull the plug on you at any time – because it’s really theirs.  Buy a domain name – it’s only $10 annually.  Get it hosted – it’s only $10 per month.  Now, you know that you own everything you do.

Number Two – Search for yourself.  What do you want to be found for online?  Search for those terms and see where you rank.  An easy way to find your blog (if it’s not on the first page of the search results) is to use a tool called Rank Checker.  You can install it for free and run many different keyword phrases against your domain name to see where you land.

Number Three – Keep participating in carnivals and posting comments on blogs (especially blogs that have CommentLuv or something like that enabled).  This will provide backlinks to your blog and search engines will consider you to be more important.  You can search for blogs that have CommentLuv enabled by searching for “your keyword here” “CommentLuv enabled” in the search bar.  Just make sure to post something meaningful, not a “great post!” spam comment!

Number Four – Check out your analytics.  Google Analytics is free and gives you a wealth of information about your blog traffic.  FeedJit is another one.  How are people already finding you the most?  Create more articles about that subject and you’ll be found even more often.  If there is something you aren’t being found for, start creating a series of articles about that subject.

Number Five – Use the power of video.  It doesn’t even have to be a GOOD video.  For example. Certainly not my finest hour, but it gets the point across and I’ve had almost 800 views (update: that’s now up to almost 3,000 views!) and many of them have converted to buyers of which we get a percentage in commission.  You don’t have to be in front of the video yourself – you can pull together a slideshow of pictures, add in some text, and voila! you have a video.  Now, just make sure to add in your website link to the description along with those keywords you want to be found for.

Keep up the great work on your blogs!  If you ever need any help, feel free to contact me at “jennifer” @ “homegrownmommy.com”  (The email address is disguised so that web scrapers can’t harvest and sell my email address.)