Those of you that read Homeschool Mo on the actual blog site, as opposed to a reader, may have noticed that I completely changed the layout. I did this because I wanted a layout that was more truly representative of me and our homeschool. When I first started blogging, it seemed like all of the “good” bloggers had these lovely electronic-scrapbook-style blog layouts. As I wanted to be a “good” blogger so that I could easily supplement out family’s income (uhm, yeah, you read that correctly, I had read a blog article about how easy it was to make a couple hundred bucks a month, just by starting a blog and as this was written by a blogger, who must have done it, it must be true, right? – HA! anyway….) I felt compelled to design my own electronic-scrapbooking layout.
Over time, it has become apparent that blogging is not the means to easy street that the article I read lead me to believe. I continue to blog now, because I enjoy blogging. I enjoy documenting our homeschool. I enjoy engaging with other bloggers, parents, teachers, and homeschoolers. I enjoy belonging to the blogging community. I enjoy all that I learn by reading lots of blogs. I enjoy the different perspectives that I would never be exposed to if I didn’t blog. I enjoy the fact that blogging compels me to think and write more. I enjoy that blogging makes me more organized in our homeschooling, as I want to be able to report on how things have gone. What money I have made, has been very little, on very few occasions, and I do not have the time, energy, or desire to do what it takes to change that. So I will be blogging for myself for now on. Which means, I want a design that more truly reflects me and our homeschool, which is not this nice lovely homeschooler/bird with her little chickadees all in a row.
I also have come to the conclusion that I should be a bit more honest when I post about out projects. I should be more forthcoming about the many bumps in the road that we encounter. Secunda and Tertia have started teasing me, asking me if I am going to blog about the various projects that I try that don’t work out so well and somewhere along the line, they and Mr. Mo started teasing me to change my blog name to “It could have gone better….” I’m not going to go to all the trouble of changing my blog name, but I did add the phrase as my tagline, and I am going to start being more forthcoming about things. Sure, we may have ended up with a very nice looking project, but it may have fallen apart the minute after I photographed it or it may have taken several attempts to get it right or Dora or Gohan may have hated the process or it may have entailed two hours of cleaning up afterwards or…. These are the types of things that I want be more honest about for now on.
I partly feel the need to be more honest after seeing the look on the face of the daughter of one of my blogging buddies. You see, in December, 2010, we tried experimenting with burning frankincense and myrrh. I blogged about the experience, but failed to mention how bad the stuff smelled (I didn’t actually praise the smell, but I also didn’t go so far as to say that it smells like @#&!). After that, my blogging buddy from Life’s Adventures, Anna-Marie, said that she was going to do it this year (she was the one who inspired me to buy the stuff in the first place). Then, Anna-Marie blogged about the experience and she was a bit more honest than me, and her daughter’s face said it all (bottom of the post). One the one hand, I laughed so hard, my stomach muscles hurt after seeing her daughter’s expression, on the other hand, I felt guilty for not being more truthful in my post and perhaps sparing their poor olfactory senses. Frankincense and myrrh smell awful! Why the stuff was so highly valued in olden times, is beyond me (at times it was worth more than gold!). If I ever figure out how to time travel, I’m going back in time and sell them some Febreeze or something!
Anyhoo, this is my attempt at explaining my new look. Hopefully it will give people a better idea of what my blog’s really about, when they first come to my site and hopefully, it won’t scare anyone away…