When I moved back to America, I suddenly had a network of homeschooling friends around me who understand the unique challenges of educating your children at home. But I still had no “in real life” (IRL) friends who were bloggers. Besides a few exceptions, all my blogger friends were online friends, people I had never met in person.
No more! I have been to BEECH!
Twelve ladies converged at Vero Beach, FL at the home of Maggie Hogan, of Bright Ideas Press. Jenn Perry pampered us with swag, lots of chocolate and good food, and a schedule full of informative sessions.
Some of you know that the micro-conference kicked off with a Twitter party – hands-on practice of the social media strategies we were learning at BEECH. Our amazing sponsors contributed some primo prizes:
- Hearts at Home
- Honeycomb Design Studio
- Home Educating Family
- Founder’s Academy
- Bright Ideas Press
- Notebooking Fairy
- Homeschool Creations
- Borsa Bella
Friday and Saturday were full of laid back, small group sessions in which Maureen, Jolanthe, and I shared from our personal experience what works in the homeschool blogging niche. There was lots of time for one-on-one mentoring and problem solving.
We laughed – and cried – around the table as we ate family style in Maggie’s house. The atmosphere was homey, low stress, and encouraging.
Even though I was invited to BEECH to share, I found that I learned just as much as I taught others. One amazing thing about blogging is how multi-faceted it is. And as God arranged it, each of the ladies there seemed to have a different area of expertise. Better yet, each blogger was willing to share her nitty-gritty “secrets” to blogging. The sessions were not general overviews but packed with meaty details and how-tos. Everyone of us, including the leaders, left with long to do lists for ways to improve our blogs and our productivity.
If you are a Christian homeschooler who blogs, stay in the know about the 2013 BEECH conference by signing up for the newsletter on the conference page. And keep following the #BEECHcon tag at Twitter.