In a previous post, we met three kids that blog and learn from the experience. Well I met another one. Paolo linked one of her posts to the Self-Sufficient HomeAcre Hop on my other blog Everything Home with Carol. When I read Paolo’s post, I was astonished at her knowledge and ability to communicate it in an understandable fashion.
Paolo is 13 years old and has been homeschooled since the 3rd grade. She started her blog, Paola’s Horse Blog, in 2009. She’s been blogging as long as I have, folks. I’m just so impressed that she has stuck with it. I guess we can add perseverance up there with the list of things she has learned from her blogging career. (I mean besides writing, grammar, setting up a blog/website, etc.)
LFH: Paola, thank you so much for joining us today on Lessons from the Homestead. As you know, I was delighted with your Horse Blog and really wanted to share with my readers what kids can learning from the blogging experience. So let me begin by asking you, why did you start your blog?
Paola: I started my blog when I first got interested in horses. My mom started a blog not long before and suggested that I post my horse-related schoolwork on the internet as a project. From there, my interest in blogging and writing only grew.
LFH: Do you blog to make money? Do you have advertisements or affiliates on there? If not, would you like to learn how to do that?
Paola: For the most part, I blog because I not only have a passion for learning, but also for sharing what I know with others. I haven’t really considered blogging to make money so I don’t have advertisements or affiliates, but I would love to learn how to do that.
LFH: How do you think your homeschooling has helped your blogging?
Paola: In the first place, I think homeschooling is actually the reason I started a blog. I don’t think my mom would have encouraged me to begin blogging if I had gone to public school. As a homeschooler I have plenty of time to do extra, school-related activities on my own (and love it). I was brought up to love learning, was taught at a young age to learn on my own, and, like most homeschoolers, I know how to study and do school work independently without having my parents constantly reminding me to do it. I think that being an independent worker and doing school-related activities on my own is the most important contributor. These days, in a world when most young people care more about impressing others than learning, you hardly ever see girls my age just pick up a book and read on their own, let alone willingly study and write a research paper that doesn’t count toward their grade. All in all, homeschooling has taught me to work on my own and has given me a different mindset than most public-schoolers.
LFH: Did you set up your blog by yourself or did someone help you?
Paola: My mom was constantly coaching me through the my early days of blogging. She helped with everything, including the design and actually learning how to use all the blogging tools. It’s thanks to her that I finally got my blog kick-started.
LFH: Is there anything else you would like to share?
Paola: I’m a hard-worker when it comes to things that I really want. Right now I am saving for a horse and later I plan to to compete in shows, so I have been doing all I can to make money.
LFH: Thanks again for joining us, Sweetie. I wish you all the best.
Are you thinking about having your child start a blog this school year? It doesn’t have to be public. You can set it so that search engines cannot find it and only those with the link can view it. You can also set it to be password protected, if that’s an issue.
If you are thinking about it, but don’t know enough to teach them, I highly recommend the Blogging Your Passion University classes. Bob and Jonathan from BYPU know what they are talking about. And Jonathan used to be a high school teacher so he knows how to break things down into easy-to-understand, digestible bites. If you know nothing, start with their Blogging 101 class. If you have a little bit of experience, start with 201.
Now if your kids already have blogs, please leave the links in the comments for us all to read and enjoy.