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The Benefit of Blogging
volume 106, Program 35
9/2/2011
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As a writer, you can make a difference in your readers’ lives. How might your readers affect you? This week on Home School Heartbeat, we have heard from four writers who use blogs as a forum to present homeschooling to a national audience. Today, host Mike Farris explores those questions.

Mike Farris:
Today I’m going to be asking our blogger guests from this week, how they’ve been impacted by writing about homeschooling in their blog. Let’s start with Andrea.

Andrea McKenzie:
I’ve been thrilled by the optimistic feedback! People are curious about who homeschoolers are, and that has fueled my fire to continue to bridge this gap.

Mike:
Heather, what’s your response?

Heather Sanders:
We have several who are reading there to supplement their children’s education; we have others who are trying to decide whether or not they want to homeschool, as well as public and private school teachers, and even school administrators. So, there’s a challenge, but it’s only that I don’t get lazy in the content that I post.

Mike:
And Kerry, what would you have to say?

Kerry McDonald:
Well, I really enjoy meeting current and prospective homeschooling parents at park days and other homeschooling activities and hearing, “Hey, I really enjoy following your blog, ‘City Kids Homeschooling.’” I hope that it’s encouraging some parents to remain city dwellers and homeschool their kids!

Mike:
Finally, Danielle, what are your thoughts?

Danielle Bean:
Well, my readers have responded with generally an overwhelming sense of gratitude—that someone is putting a personal and a positive face on homeschooling in the media. And I, in turn, have been encouraged by my readers, because it’s through them that I can see the wide variety of ways that families find success and happiness through homeschooling.


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