There are so many great writers in the blogosphere who will never get to speak at a homeschool convention and let everyone know what they think. So I thought we'd have an online convention. You get to be the "featured speakers". And you don't have to worry about spending too much money and carrying around your stuff all day! You can write about anything you want related to home educating, parenting, family life, why you home educate, or whatever else comes to your mind. The only requirement is that you must home educate or plan on doing so.
Also, this is not meant to replace Edwonk's Carnival. He does a great job with educational blogs and I want to encourage you to submit something there as well. But I thought it might be nice time to have a convention to focus on the specifics of homeschooling written by homeschoolers. Summer's just around the corner and many of us have an eye on what to do next year and others are still trying to get finished up this year and need an extra boost of encouragement.
Since this is the first convention you can also submit any post from your blog no matter when it was written. But it must be an original piece written by you. It can reference other articles but the post should still be written by you. If you haven't started a blog this might be a good time to get in on the fun. If you have children who blog they can also participate. No age requirement.
The deadline for sumissions will be Wednesday, April 20, 2005 at 12:00 Noon. (EST). But if you can send them in early if you would like. Maybe I'll list them by the order in which they were received. The first submission will get to be the "keynote writer".
Spunky Jr. and I will put them all together and post here on Thursday, April 21, 2005. That gives us a little time to get the word out and put it all together.
Please e-mail all submissions to spunkyhomeschool at yahoo dot com. In the message please include
1. Your blog link
2. Your post link
3. A brief description of the post. Two to three sentences is fine.
A few people have e-mailed and asked if they can put in info about their products or services in their post. That's fine. I'm easy to please. But I do have an additional requirement your post CANNOT just be a sales pitch. It must be a post about something else. If I get enough interest I can also do a vendor section. This will be open ONLY to those who also submit a blog post as a "featured speaker". So if you want a free bit of advertising in the vendor section that's fine but you must also submit an entry.
If you want to ju$t adverti$e without po$ting I am $ure $ome arrangment$ can be made. The point here is not to make money but to encourage one another but I also understand we need to eat and for many of us this is also a source of income.
Update II: There is a little confusion about the entries. ALL who submit a post are in the convention as a "featured speaker". I am not judging the posts and selecting my favorites. This is not about me it's about highlighting YOU and encouraging each other in our homeschool experience. We all have things to share and things yet to learn. You don't have to feel intimidated. Your perspective and input are valuable. It doesn't matter whether your a new homeschooler or a veteran. So don't worry that their is some "standard" you must meet just go ahead and write.
Final Update: We're down to the last 24 hours. Get you submissions to me by Wednesday. We have some great writers in the blogosphere. You are all living proof as to why homeschooling is so successful. See you Thursday.
Also, for this to be a successful convention we must publicize this event. So if you would be so kind as to tell EVERYONE you know about this, that would be awesome.