How I went from a humble homeschool blog to a remarkable opportunity.
In 2007 and 2008, blogging had surfaced as an interesting new opportunity. Several of my friends were blogging and I was eager to get in on the action. Oddly too, I felt prompted to start a blog. You know that feeling; you have a niggling thought that won’t let go. I believe it was the prompting of the Holy Spirit, but that seemed silly to me. Why would it matter to God if I blogged or not? But, the prompting to blog didn’t diminish and so, tech skills or no, I gave it a go.
I learned as I went and found blogging buddies to compare notes with. My little, non-seo named blog was born. One of my first posts was a review of a curriculum I loved. I posted it because I wanted others to know about it, too. As a die-hard bibliophile I added book-reviews. I am constantly telling people, “Get the book,” and so book writing reviews was a natural addition.
My blog was simple and personal. I shared about what it was like to have a full house, with 5 kids with a 16 year difference between youngest and oldest, homesteading, graduate school, simple living, and more. I loved the fact that the art of writing gave me perspective on the hardships that we faced and caused me to be thankful for the blessings that we received. Blogging made me pause and reflect on what we were doing and why. It also opened up relationships with other homeschoolers around the world.
I continued to promote the books, curriculum and programs that I believed in and used. I began approaching companies about doing reviews for them and received products and curriculum in exchange for honest, well-written reviews. This is a more difficult art form than what it sounds like!
At one point, I heard about The Old Schoolhouse Review Crew and applied. I was accepted and beyond thrilled to be part of the team! With each review I did, I researched the company, adding links and details for my readers so that they could get to know the product and the company better.
Working Homeschool Momma
Five years ago, we did a review of an on-line class. My son loved it. I wrote the review and actually applied to the company for a job. I’d been a stay-at-home mom for over twenty years but I created a resume, rallied some references and put in for a remote Advising position with a large educational company half way across the country. It was a shot in the dark because they required a Teaching License, which I didn’t have. My graduate degrees, however, proved sufficient. I was offered a job, not unlike one I held years ago working for a private graduate school.
I worked with this company for 4 years, and continued blogging, now as an officially recognized Working Homeschool Mom. It was a challenging adjustment, but I found that I was not alone as more and more families are homeschooling while both parents work.
A year ago, I was working in a local coffee shop and a friend asked what kind of work I did. When I explained, she mentioned that Homeschool Works 4U was looking to sell. I called them to learn that sadly, the owner, Wanda Burdick, had died recently after a very short illness.
Wanda’s husband, Jeff, returned my call and we developed an immediate connection. He was interested in selling the business and after a few weeks we closed the deal. Jeff, by the way, continues to teach for Homeschool Works 4 U, now re-named to True North Homeschool Academy and if you are looking for an amazing Government & Economics or Western Civilization II course, consider his!
Since then, I have been working to re-build and expand True North Homeschool Academy. We have world class teachers who were or are homeschooling and decades of teaching experience between us. Our program consists of not only live on-line full year classes, but Academic Advising, Career Exploration Courses, an expanded Struggling Learners program, testing, community and more!
Linking Arms with for Success
Education has been the heart beat of our home for decades. My husband and I believe that Education is the Transmission of Culture and we are dedicated to transmitting a culture of Christ- Truth, Beauty and Goodness- when and where we can. True North Homeschool Academy gives us that opportunity in a fresh and new way. We hope you’ll join us on the journey; our mission is to link arms with you to help you have the best homeschooling year ever!
Obedience & Dipping in the River
From humble homeschool blog to a remarkable opportunity! I honestly believe that what I am doing today is a direct result of my starting a blog a decade ago. Such a silly, simple thing! I often think of why God asked Naaman (2 Kings 5:14) to dip in the river 7 times in order to heal his leprosy. Why not 3 or 10 times? I believe it’s because God wants us to trust Him implicitly, even when things don’t make sense to us.
Just Do It
What crazy, humble thing is God asking you to do? I encourage you to do it! He often uses the simple, small, humble things to grow us to where He wants us to be.
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