It’s the first day of the official school holidays so my husband Andy is home from school for two weeks. He’s looking forward to resting after his busy term teaching. He got his holiday off to a good start by sleeping in a little later than normal. But the girls and I didn’t linger in bed this morning. No, we were up early so we could film a new music video for my daughter Imogen. At 6.30 am, we were at a local lookout setting up our cameras in the first light of the day.
It was an extremely cold morning. We had to de-ice our car’s windscreen before we could even leave home. Then once we were up on the mountain, we had to face biting cold winds. We all agree that this was our most uncomfortable video shoot ever.
At the moment, Sophie and Imogen are downloading the video clips. But Gemma-Rose has moved on from this morning’s filming. She’s typing at a rate of a million miles an hour. You might know what she’s doing. She’s writing her Camp NaNoWriMo novel. Charlotte is no longer thinking about video shoots either. She’s got her uni work to do.
And what am I doing today? Well, after publishing this week’s podcast, I’m going to do some playing. I have lots of new ideas rolling around my head. I want to try a few of them out, do some experimenting. Maybe I’ll be able to use some of them to promote unschooling. Could a few of my ideas lead to something helpful for readers of my blog and Facebook page?
This brings me to the topic of this week’s podcast: Is what I’m doing online with my blog, podcast and videos helpful? I’m pondering this question. I’m doing some reassessing.
In episode 77, in an attempt to discover what people are looking for, I talk about my ten most popular blog posts ever. Are the unschooling ideas and principles, contained within them, what people want to know about?
My top ten list includes posts about:
- getting kids to do ‘school’ work
- parenting mistakes
- ‘proper’ unschooling
- unschool record-keeping
- resources and strewing
- unschooling misconceptions
But I’m wondering: What about you? Are these the topics you want to hear more about? Or do you listen/read/watch for a different reason? Perhaps you’re not searching for information. Could it be you’re just looking for friendship with a like-minded family?
I hope you’ll listen to my podcast, and, if you have time, please stop by to leave me some feedback.
My Most Popular Posts
I took these photos at this morning’s music video shoot. It was our second attempt at filming. Last Friday, we arrived at the lookout all prepared to film, and discovered an extremely cold wind was whipping across the mountain. After enduring this wind for a time, we reassessed the situation and decided to go home. Today, it didn’t really matter what the weather was like. We’d already decided we would film the video even if conditions were uncomfortable. We couldn’t reassess and change our plan again because Imogen wants to publish her video this week.
Here’s the How Great Thou Art video!
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I’m taking a short break from podcasting while Andy is on holiday. I’ll be back with a new episode in a couple of weeks’ time!