I have been thinking about blog's....
I know there are many people who just can't understand why you would want to blog :) Who would want to share so much of their live's on-line! Well I can only speak for myself on that one :) I have tried to keep paper diaries over the year's with no success.....I find the whole process of blogging interesting..From setting up a blog ( this is not my first one ) learning the technical aspects and then the creative side of making it look pretty ;)) I love to get in the blogging mode and I see my day's differently with my blogging eye's on. I love to connect with like minded people and hope to pass on knowledge and maybe spark on interest....
I read a lot of blog's and have done for year's. Initially they were about Home education and Unschooling/ Autonomous education in particular. The word's shared by so many generous people enabled me to 'see' how it worked in real families in normal day to day situation's. I learnt so much from them...I set up our blog and loved recording our day's and set out to be as honest as possible but always asked Milly and Alan what they were happy with me sharing..
This is what I had to say about my very first blog A life worth living back in 2010...
Thoughts on this Blog....
When I began this blog I fell in love with writing.I loved the way it enabled me to work through stuff.The connections it enabled me to make with like minded folk.I "needed" to record our days,it was compulsive.
Over the last few months I have fallen out of love a little.
I often get frustrated because I can't find the right words to convey things in the way I would like. I don't know if people are able to read what I write in the way I intended it.I look at the other blogs out there that are writing such inspirational posts.Some of the posts about the Badman situation have been amazing.I suppose I have been feeling a little inadequate:-/
I toyed with the idea of quitting or having a break.I felt like I had lost my way. This was never intended as an"educational" record.It was set up because I got so much from reading other blogs and finding those that I could identify with.Others who were autonomous,or those that had an only child,with the anxieties that can cause.Those who were trying new parenting methods.Those who made me laugh.Those who provided me with inspiration.
I thought that there might be someone out there who could relate to us and our journey.
The more I thought it through, the more I realised I wanted to keep on going.My reasons for doing it now are more personal I think.
I have felt recently that there are only so many posts you can do about the day to day things we do because we aren't out and about visiting places.We haven't curriculum type things to share.Millys days are relaxed and not always full of things to blog about!
I have spent some time over the last few weeks just reading back through old posts I have done.I "see" Emily in this blog.I see the growth she has made since she came out of school.I see her passions the things that are important to her.I see how our journey into unschooling and a more peaceful and respectful parenting has brought us to this place.
I have found by recording our days on here it has allowed me to see Emily's strengths/passions in a much clearer light.It is too easy for me to focus on the TV watching or computer use as wasting time,missing the "education" that comes from all sources.It is easy to dismiss the creative process or assimilation of facts that happens when swinging in your hammock, staring dreamily at the sky :-)
No one knows Emily as well as we do.Not just because we spend so much time with her,but because we listen to her,we talk to her.We value her opinion.She has a voice in the way things are done..She is a fully paid up member of this family.She is not waiting to grow up,to become a person.She is a child, but she is a person .She is growing, with our guidance.She does not have to be a grown up before she can make grown up decisions.We trust her to make the right decisions for her.She is "learning" by living a life that involves real challenges and real outcomes.
There is so much about the learning process that is hidden,we can't measure with tests,but being with our children so much of the time, we can see with our eyes and hear with our ear's.
This blog is my hearing aid and maginfying glass when I need it ;-)
I initially set this up as a business blog but as my working life and home life are inextricably linked I have decided not to even attempt to keep them separate :) However, the main aim will still be to record my creative journey and to share any knowledge I glean about running a small business.
More recently the blog's I read are full to bursting with creative endeavour's, full of colour, fabric, yarn, tutorial's and so much more......I enjoy them all and again have learnt so much from them...In so many of them parts of the blog writer's life seeps through into the narrative. You 'get to know' the writer a bit more...
A blog is a window into our live's but we are the stage manager's and have control over what we show you. We set the scene ...I don't believe anybody that blog's does that to deceive though.
I believe in looking for the positive's in life... Thinking of what to blog about and carrying my camera or phone with me at all time's and by 'literally' looking for the beautiful, happy, creative, colourful, funny, informative thing's on a day to day basis I find it feed's the creative side of me and keep's the focus on the positive. It is an artistic,creative process in itself...
Although there will always be negative's in life I have found that - for me - they can be put into perspective by this process of blogging...
I set out to write with as much honesty as possible ( bearing in mind it is not just my story to record and so long as Milly and Alan are happy to share I will do so ) I don't profess to be a writer, nor do I expect to win prize's for my content :) Oh and as I usually blog in the evening when tiredness fogs my brain my punctuation and grammar probably won't be too hot :)
I love to have visitor's and it is nice to know you are out there reading :) However I would continue this process even if no one visited.....I hope to look back on this blog and - in much the same way as I did with A Life worth living - be able to see the positive's :)
Although I have said I will record things on here as honestly as possible....I promise not to share images of the pile of ironing behind the sofa in the living room that is threatening to engulf the sofa or the cupboard of doom where merely opening the door requires the use of arm's, leg's and body to hold back the clutter that fall's forward to greet you ;))