Just another quirky example of homeschool writing.
That title, and that caption, is an experiment.
See, if you type the phrase homeschool writing into Google, you will quickly be given a page of hits that I do not much like. You’ll get a whole page–and then at least part of another–with nothing more than writing curriculum. Sites that want to sell you stuff. Sites that want to teach your kids “skills” and “fundamentals.” Sites that don’t sound like much fun.
I assume that any person who types homeschool writing into a search engine is looking for answers. And I’d love to have my website appear on that first page, in that clickable blue sea of curriculum, announcing something different. Fun! Alternatives! Ideas for writing centered in the child rather than directed at the child! With regular mention of superheroes!
It’s not an ego thing. It’s not as if I would show up at my homeschool group park day and say, “Guess what, folks? My website hit the first page of hits for homeschool writing!” No, I just hate the idea that parents searching for writing options find little more than worksheets and textbooks and very expensive online courses.
I don’t know much about SEO–although I do know that’s an acronym for search engine optimization, which is the process by which websites get ranked in search results. Higher results are tied to post titles, and the use of keywords within a post and a whole lot of other stuff which I don’t really understand. I do know that when I redesigned my blog using the Thesis framework, I was promised better SEO results, and that has actually panned out.
So, I wondered, what if I wrote a bunch of posts with the phrase homeschool writing in the title? What if I wrote the phrase homeschool writing repeatedly in those posts? Homeschool Writing, HOMEschool writing, homeSCHOOL writing, homeschool WRITING. Homey, homey, homey homeschool writing. H-O-M-E, come on baby, write with me, worksheets ain’t my cup of tea, homeschool writing…
What might happen is that my blog could pushed up to the first page of results, only to have searching parents clicking over here and deciding that I’m a little loony. But maybe not! Maybe they would click that button on the right sidebar that says writing with kids and discover a bunch of posts–and all sorts of wonderful reader comments–about writing ideas that aim to be kid-oriented, meaningful, authentic and fun. Maybe they’d click on that Dictation Project button and see that there are ways to work with kids who have lots of ideas but struggle with physical writing.
Maybe. Worth a try!
Oh, and headings are supposed to be helpful. So here’s a heading about HOMESCHOOL WRITING!
Well, that’s that. But since you’re here anyway, let’s chat. Why don’t we talk about…um… homeschool writing?
Got any victory stories to share? Any worries or concerns about writing? Questions? Comments? This post is, by design, lacking substance. So let’s open up this baby and get to the good stuff.
P. S. Homeschool writing is an odd phrase. It’s not a term I typically use–but it is the sort of thing a person types into a search engine, so there you go. If my blog ever reaches the first page of hits for homeschool writing, I will do something nice for you readers. I’m not sure what, but perhaps it will have something to do with that crazy little thing called homeschool writing.