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Homeschooling and blogging have been parts of my daily life routines at the moment. All of them were started from my mind and will. As what I said in the previous posting, I started blogging without any clear purpose to be called a blogger. I just wanted to share my homeschooling thought, information, idea, and resources which are blended with our passions. For me, they cannot be separated right now. I started blogging because I am homeschooling and my mine topic of blogging is about homeschooling. Even blogging is my private “self homeschooling”. Blogging is one way to pour out my mind to share with others. At the same time, I love watching here and there in the virtual world a lot of homeschooling blog. I have been very touched in how they manage their time, sharing their ideas, spreading their ministry through their blogs.
In the middle of not well maintained blogging direction, I found three great bloggers:
They sharpened and refreshed my goals and skills in blogging. I start to understand the importance of networking in homeschooling and blogging in the virtual world. Being involved in virtual networking won't make us end our social life as we are social creature. I call our acquaintance, friends, partners, colleagues in the internet as our virtual buddies. They have played important roles in my journey of homeschooling and blogging.
- Having virtual buddies will let me learn by communicating with other people that have the same necessity with me, so that they understand what I want and I can learn from them as well. Nobody around me I could talk regularly with about both blogging and homeschooling when I started them. No books I could refer to about what I want in the really right time I need it. Living with both homeschooling and blogging virtual buddies has let me do both of them more enthusiastically, not lonely.
- My virtual buddies have kept me being enthusiastic in doing both homeschooling and blogging. I always pray for being consistent in homeschooling, but I am very sure that God has already given me one way of being still enthusiastic through blogging. The spirit of sharing and getting things for the sake of of the life has kept me on the show. Sharing just makes me happy as I always think how happy the person who gets the benefit from me.
- Not only the spirit of making someone happy that makes me keeping in touch with my virtual buddies, but my curiosity towards other culture, thought, experience has made me aware about how precious my virtual buddies are. By reading their postings, articles, links, and comments, I usually get encouragement to keep going and to improve what I have done.
How Do I Get Virtual Buddies?
Visiting is the best key of all. By wandering around the internet, I can see how people deal with homeschooling and blogging. We are separated by the oceans and continents. By visiting someone else's blog, it seems that I am visiting his or her house. I can peek into their daily life. in the virtual world it is free to visit any homeschooler's house. I just try to leave comment to get the link each other. Most bloggers and homeschoolers are nice and they will pay another visit to my side so that we can get acquainted each other.
Find and Join Groups in Facebook is a great way to get communities of anything. I am very lucky to have both homeschooling and blogging buddies in Facebook. Anytime I have trouble or problem that really annoying and I need suggestion from someone else, I will try to throw it to the relevant group.
Besides, we visit each other regularly in our blogging group. This kind of visit and commenting has been really encouraging for me.
Swapping Each Other Sites in Real Meeting is one point I will never miss when I meet homeschoolers in a meeting. I don't have any blogging convention or other blogger meeting here. I don't belong to any homeschool co-op around. Therefore, meeting them in real life is something very precious for me. Even I will have special time to visit houses of homeschoolers I have seen in virtual world whenever I go to another town. It's good to have convention if available.
Social Media is a powerful tools to get virtual buddies. Adding someone to be a friend won't be enough I think. Giving time to chat for a while get you know each other much better. A regular visit or chat will be better, I think.
Do you have any virtual community(ies) to encourage your activity or job?
How important is it or are they?
Do you have any idea or suggestion to get and to expand your virtual buddies relationship virtually?
Adelien Tan is a mother of three awesome boys and a wife of a great husband. They are a home education family who live in Surabaya, Indonesia, where home education is still very rare. English is her foreign language, but She tries to use it in blogging.