Six years ago this month I published my first blog post. I’d always enjoyed writing and had been part of a Charlotte Mason Families Newsletter for a few years where families took turns sending out a newsletter to a whole lot of other families around Australia. (Erin at Seven Little Australians was one of the families we ‘met’ through this newsletter). I was slow to get into blogging, partly because of time restraints but also because I didn’t like the idea of writing to an unknown audience. I like good two way conversations & the immediate feedback that facilitates communication and understanding.
However, over the past six years, I have met some of my readers, have had email conversations with others, or have communicated via blog comments, so I feel like I’ve got to know some of you more.
So what’s different now compared to back then?
In April 2012 all our seven children were still living at home.
Our two eldest had finished their degrees and were working fulltime.
One girl was still studying at University.
I was homeschooling the four youngest who were aged 7 to 17 years.
Since then we’ve had two weddings, an engagement, and the birth of our first grandchild five months ago. We’ve also had some difficult things to face including the loss of my Dad after a long neurological illness, and a year later, the sudden death of my brother at age 46 years.
Six children have graduated after being home educated from start to finish.
Four have moved out of home. For the first time in 29 years, the kids at home each have their own bedroom.
My 13 year old is keeping me busy these days…a few more years of home education with her and then maybe I’ll start with the grandchildren.
The most popular posts have been the following:
Most of my readers are located in the USA followed closely by those in Australia, then the U.K. New Zealand, Canada and in recent years, South Africa.
Apart from home educators, the most frequent comments I receive are from book bloggers, some of the friendliest people out there in the blogging world.
My husband bought me a new phone for Christmas and now that I have one that works properly, I’ve been posting regularly on Instagram & have been enjoying the community there.
So I have some questions for my readers:
What type of content would you like to see in future posts?
Homeschooling a large family
Charlotte Mason ideas & practice
Home education generally
Homeschooling teens/high school
Chatty & random stuff
Thank you to everyone who continues to read this blog. If you have been following me from the beginning and have never commented, I’d love to hear from you. Much has changed in my own life since 2012 and I imagine it’s been the same for you. Let me know if any particular type of posts are helpful to you.