Oct 222012
 

This morning, my kids and I are relishing the fall Santa Cruz weather. I cranked up the heat for the first time since spring, and we can hear the tap of rain on our wood roof. Love that cozy fall feeling!

I’m also excited to be finally launching Steer Me Right! I realized it will never be finished, but it seems semi-presentable, and it might even prove useful. So I went for it!

I’d been considering new blogging ideas for a while, but the concept of a homeschool information site for Santa Cruz county didn’t occur to me until I began interacting with the Santa Cruz Sentinel’s Media Lab. I’d always thought of blogging as a far-reaching, global activity. At the Media Lab, I found many first-rate local blogs connecting people right here, and it dawned on me that local blogging is a great tool for building community. Steer Me Right may be useful beyond our area, but its main focus is Santa Cruz county.

Naturally, I thought of homeschooling, since that’s my main occupation. During the past 12 years I’ve often wanted a round-up of classes, a place to share messages that wouldn’t be buried in my inbox, ideas for field trips, a list of used curriculum for sale, ways to find activities to build my children’s friendships, and more. When our wonderful Rebekah Crill discontinued the Coast and Valley Broadcast email, I knew this blog would fill that need and many others.

Speaking of the Coast and Valley Broadcast, I’m considering adding a password-protected directory of homeschool families who contact me with their information. If you’d like to be included and have access to this listing, please send me your contact information. Don’t worry – I will never sell your information to a third party! It will be used only for the directory.

Please feel free to send me your comments and suggestions about Steer Me Right. I’ll be blogging about many homeschool topics, from record keeping to field trips and recipes. If there’s a topic you’d like to see addressed, let me know! I want this to be a dynamic, useful blog, and I welcome your participation.

See you next time!

Lisa

By Columba Lisa Smith

  18 Responses to “Local Blog, Global Blog (Say that three times fast!)”

  1. This is a ggreat site! It will be so beneficial to homeschoolers in this county! Also, very easy to navigate and find information.

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  2. Thank you for doing this. I am homeschooling my two boys 8 and 6 and have an almost 3 year old. It can be quite challenging at times. I am so grateful for the incredible resources we have for homeschooling in this community. This will be a great addition I’m sure. Bless you!

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  3. Lisa, such a great idea to go local for a blog! It’s what I’m teaching our Club-Content members to do, so that they can stand out. You make so many more connections in your local community, just by being out and about throughout your day, and you can make yourself a go to blogger:) Good luck, and I’m looking forward to reading!

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  4. Great idea I will tweet this in case any of my moms are interested!(:

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  5. That’s a great idea. I’m sure the homeschool families in your area will be very grateful. I homeschooled my first 6 kids, but just put them in school last year for the first time for different reasons. Now I’m a SAHM of my last 2 (yes, we have 8 kids) I do miss homeschooling the others though!

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  6. What a great idea! Wishing you so much success with your new idea!

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  7. Thanks so much for this! I homeschool my 2 boys its been 5 years now and I love it, there cant be too many homechool sites, because I get info each day from many!

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