I began my blogging journey as a homeschool blogger. And despite a few posts about cooking or sewing and a healthy dose of China posts, I’ve been consistent with the niche.
But when I chose my domain, I chose Jimmie’s Collage precisely because I knew one day I would no longer be homeschooling. I didn’t want to limit myself to a single area that would be only a 13 year season in my life.
(Don’t worry. This post is not an announcement that I’m not going to homeschool any more. We are committed to home education through Emma’s high school graduation.)
But this homeschool blog thing is interesting. It can’t stay the same because our homeschool doesn’t stay the same.
We’ve changed ages, curriculum styles, even continents!
I know there were lots of readers who loved my China posts. And when we left China, a whole chunk of my blog just disappeared. That was natural. But it was sad for those of you who loved experiencing Asia through my lens and words.
China is now a far away place. Just memories. It’s not a day to day experience for me anymore. How could I keep blogging about China? I can’t.
Because I have only one child, I visit each stage only one time. I can’t stay a preschool blogger or an elementary blogger, or even a middle school blogger. I’ve done those stages. And now we are in high school. But in just three and a half years, that stage will end too.
What will I blog about then?
I don’t know.
I have created a totally different site, a professional one where I can write about marketing and social media, things I love but don’t fit here. So what will happen here? Honestly, I can’t see that far down the road.
I sometimes feel blogger’s guilt that I don’t post here as much as I used to. But then I realize how silly that is. This blog is a reflection of our homeschool, and I don’t have as much to say about homeschooling as I used to.
When your daughter is fourteen, you are no longer
- making lapbooks
- painting salt dough maps
- taking field trips to the zoo
- making homemade games
- doing math with manipulatives
- cutting papercraft dioramas
Instead she is doing a lot of independent work in front of a book or computer screen. It’s not as cute as an eight-year-old holding a lapbook. I don’t have free printables to share or craft pictures that look fantastic on Pinterest.
Plus, did you catch that she’s fourteen? Teens are not as tolerant of being blog fodder as a nine-year-old. In other words, if I pull out the camera, her hair and makeup must be just so. When I laugh and repeat a funny phrase she said, I am warned, “Don’t you put that on your blog or on Twitter!”
And I respect her wishes. Our relationship is far more important than a blog post.
And this is a natural progression for a blog, I think. In order for it to be real, it has to change over time. Because change is real, so very real.
And that means readers come and go as our stages no longer intersect. It’s okay. It may be sad, but it’s part of the order of life. Things mature and things die.
I’m going to keep blogging when I have something to say or something to share. I want you to know about GHC and RRR because those are events I personally support with my time and my travel. Plus I want you to come meet me in person! I share about Samaritan’s Purse in the same way. It’s a ministry I believe in, and I want you to support it too.
And I will share about our final years of homeschooling — what works and what doesn’t — while I respect Emma’s desire for privacy. If it fits where you are, I’d love to have you along on this last leg of the journey. And together we can see what this Jimmie’s Collage morphs into.