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Happy 1st!

1st-birthday-1Is it a birthday or an anniversary?  Still Learning Something New officially began February 21, 2013.   Birthday feels like the right word.  The original idea to encourage, advise, and share ideas and resources to a web based homeschooling community was a “conceived” notion (and like each of my five children, a complete surprise)!  I spent months keeping the idea hidden inside of me.  After some time, I trusted my ideas with my family and some of my closest friends.  I prayed, fell in love, made lists, researched, studied, compared, prepared, and finally “birthed”  Still Learning Something New.

I had absolutely no idea what to expect from my own blog , and I’m both surprised and pleased with all that’s happened during this first year.  40,000 views from more than 60 countries, 200 subscribed followers, a social media audience,  awards, and best of all, friendships made.   And of course, lessons learned.

Instead of sharing lesson plans or advice today, I’m sharing some of the highlights from this first year.

The post most visited and shared  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/05/27/preparing-the-defense/

My attempt to explain our family’s learning method  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/05/08/why-and-how/

The one I wrote from my heart and barely received any views  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/03/11/concerned-teacher/

The Homeschooling Humor posts on Mondays have been fun for me.  I so NEED to start the week off with a funny or two.  You can access the complete Monday collection here  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/?s=homeschool+humor

My favorite thing about our homeschool is our chalkboard wall and I’ve had the most comments left on the posts when I’ve shared our art.  Our wall gallery can be seen here  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/one-of-our-favorite-things-the-wall/

As I look back over the year these are the two posts that tie for what I thought were the best.  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/03/04/blogs-in-heaven/ and https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/03/05/the-pen-of-power/

The special days posts seem to be the most helpful for both myself and those of you who visit.  The special days listing for March is being worked on now so be looking for it in a few days.  It won’t be until April that there’s a listing for a whole year.  Then, I’ll start improving them.  For the past months click here  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/page/2/?s=special+days

I thank each and everyone of you that visit here.  You encourage me.  I’m curious about what year two is going to be.  Know that I would welcome any comments and suggestions from you.

betty jo



Blogging On Sunshine

I had a “comment” notification on my blog dashboard.  It was from Especially Made.  She wanted to tell me that she has nominated Still Learning Something New for this:


The Sunshine Award is an award given by bloggers to other bloggers. The recipients of the Sunshine Award are: “Bloggers who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogsphere”. The way the award works is this: Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to them. Answer questions about yourself. Select 10 of your favorite bloggers, link their blogs to your post and let them know they have been awarded the Sunshine Award!

Cue the music while you read the rest:

“The way the award works is this: Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to them. Answer questions about yourself. Select 10 of your favorite bloggers, link their blogs to your post and let them know they have been awarded the Sunshine Award!”

THANK YOU,  Especially Made, you have no idea how much your nomination encouraged me.  Hebrews 10:24 says, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds”.  I’m still feeling nervous and insecure about this new “bloggy thingy”, and I struggle with my recovery from a rather bad case of computerphobia.  You strengthened me.

Here are the questions and my answers:

1.  What inspired you to start blogging?  I blog in a response to sermon challenges of getting out of my “comfort zone”, “casting nets in deeper waters”,  “not forsaking the teachings of my youth”.  The list is long.

2.  How did you come up with the name to your blog?  I really am learning something new every day.

3.  What is your favorite blog to read?  I’ve thought about this, and I honestly cannot choose a favorite.

4.  Tell about your dream job.  My dream job is exactly what I do now.  However,  I  would add another baby or two, and it would pay a 6 figure yearly income!

5.  Is your glass half empty or half full?   My glass is empty.  I drank it to avoid any debate.

6.  If you could go anywhere for a week’s vacation, where would you go?  I would love to see the Amazon Rain Forest!

7.  What food can you absolutely not eat?  Ramen noodles.  My boys like them but I can’t stand them.

8.  Dark chocolate or milk chocolate?  Milk chocolate.

9.  How much time do you spend blogging?  I’d have to guess 2 – 3 hours.  I work on my blogs a little here and there all day.

10,  Do you watch TV and if so, what are some of your favorite shows?  I like Psych, Swamp People, My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding,  and Blue’s Clues.

And here’s 10 of my favorite blogs which I am nominating for their own Sunshine Award.











And now, my acceptance speech.  I would like to thank the little people, J9 and Z7, and thanks also to the not so little people A22, A21, E17, and B14 for giving me things to blog about.

betty jo