10 Years of Blogging

Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans)

Ten years ago, in April 2012, I published my first blog post on Blogger.

After just over 9 years of using the Blogger platform I moved across to WordPress in the middle of this year, keeping my original blog name of journey & destination.

I started blogging to record our home education journey and to write about books Iโ€™ve read myself or have read aloud to my children, so it isnโ€™t surprising to see that my most popular posts out of the 675 that I’ve written over the past ten years have been related to home education.

These are some of the most read posts about using the AmblesideOnline (AO) free curriculum and the Charlotte Mason Method in general:

A Review of AmblesideOnline Year 1

AO Year 6 with a 13 Year Old

Notebooks in a Charlotte Mason Education

Ideas for Poetry with Children

Ambleside Online Year 5 โ€“ Reading Kim by Rudyard Kipling

Some of my most popular book posts:

The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis (1942)

Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell (1853)

Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence by Doris Pilkington (Nugi Garimara)

The Small Woman by Alan Burgess (1957)

I Can Jump Puddles by Alan Marshall (1955)

Bambi: a Life in the Woods by Felix Salten (1869-1945)

20+ years of Family Read Aloud Chapter Books

Some of my favourites:

Poetry as a Means of Intellectual Culture

Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis

I wrote this post when I’d been blogging 6 years and quite a bit has changed since then. Another daughter married; two grandsons were added to the family and we’re looking forward to our second grand-daughter’s birth in about 6 weeks. We only have the two youngest at home now and my husband works from home basically all the time now thanks to Covid. At least something good came out of it!

I still write about similar things – home education, books, nature study, family life…

I lost some of my regular readers (or at least they don’t comment on WordPress) in my move across from Blogger so I thought I’d ask the same question I asked in my 6 years of blogging post. ๐Ÿ™‚

What type of content would you like to see in future posts?

Let me know below.

19 thoughts on “10 Years of Blogging

  1. Hi Carol,

    Congratulations! You have written a lot of great book reviews and if you had been writing about CM when my kids were younger we would have done better with it. I had all but quit blogging, but there are some outstanding reviews, so I hope to get back into it this month.

    I tried to leave a comment on the blog but it wanted a password and wouldn’t accept what I thought the password was…

    May God bless you!

    Annie Kate Reviews for Homeschooling Moms at Tea Time with Annie Kate http://anniekateshomeschoolreviews.com/

    On Fri, Apr 8, 2022 at 6:32 AM journey & destination wrote:

    > journey & destination posted: ” Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans) Ten > years ago, in April 2012, I published my first blog post on Blogger. After > just over 9 years of using the Blogger platform I moved across to WordPress > in the middle of this year, keeping my original blog na” >

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    • Hi Annie K, lovely to hear from you. I’ve missed your posts & do hope you continue to write!
      I don’t understand the comment thing here. A couple of times I’ve had to รกpprove’ comments that W/Press users have left. Maybe it’s something to do with logging in – e.g. app or otherwise??
      I don’t know how easy/difficult it is to comment for anyone else but I don’t think I’ve ever had any problems with your blog. ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. Congratulations on ten years of blogging! I’ve only read yours for a little while, I guess, but I’ve definitely enjoyed it. I admit to not knowing who Charlotte Mason even was before I saw her name on your blog, so those posts have been informative, but I relate more to the book posts, I guess.

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  3. Happy Blogoversary!! The move from blogger to WP has it’s little glitches along the way for sure. I also noticed that many of my regular blogger commenters comment far less now I’m on WP, but so many more WP bloggers have joined in. Swings and roundabouts, as they say.
    I always enjoy your family updates and of course, your Australian content and reviews plus those books considered classics in any country.
    Here’s to the next 10 years ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Congratulations, Carol. 10 years is a long time in blogging. I finished my eleventh year a couple of months ago and was surprised who had been blogging alongside me the whole time and who had only just joined. I know I’ve been following your blog for quite a while and have always enjoyed your posts.

    Keep on blogging.

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  5. Happy 10 years of blogging! That’s awesome. I’m coming up on my ten year anniversary in December. It doesn’t seem like it’s been that long, but time goes by so fast. All your posts are great, but I probably love your book reviews the best. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  6. Hi Bookstooge, thank you.
    The main reason I left blogger was because they retired Feedburner. I used Follow it as a sign up option but it is full of ads & I don’t know anything about RSS feeds & thought most of my readers wouldn’t either.

    I was redirecting my blog https://journey-and-destination.blogspot.com to this one but after I read your post about the W/P changes I reversed that but haven’t posted anything new there.
    I’ve thought about using one for book reviews and the other for homeschooling content but the two often intertwine.
    Any suggestions??


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