Saturday, July 5, 2014

Happy 6th Blogging Anniversary + Unschooling 101 Zine Giveaway!

I can hardly believe it's been six years since I first started this blog. To say it, and I, have changed a lot during that time is an understatement. This blog has taken my life in a direction I never expected, and lead to some really awesome opportunities and connections. Thanks to this blog I have:
  • Made so many friends/met so many great people
  • Spoken at conferences scattered across North America
  • Had my work published in several magazines
  • Greatly improved my writing and communication and public speaking skills
  • Made a name for myself, as it were, and built up an online resume of sorts
  • Felt like I'm actually doing meaningful work
  • Gotten free books
  • Received so many lovely, humbling, sweet, and confidence boosting messages
Plus too many more things to list. A huge thanks to every reader, new and old, who has given me their time and their words over the years! I'm incredibly grateful.

A couple of things about the blog

  • I wrote the first post on the blog on July 6th, 2008, when I was just 17 (which seems hard for me to believe now)
  • I wrote the first post specifically about unschooling (as opposed to just mentioning unschooling in a post) in January, 2009
Top ten most popular posts of all time on the blog

And now, a zine. Two copies of a zine, actually.

I'm doing my first ever giveaway! I'm giving away two separate copies of the the Unschooling 101 Zine (as in, you have two chances to win), to anyone anywhere in the world (you don't have to be from North America!). To enter, you just have to leave a comment on this post saying why you'd like a copy, and be willing to provide me with a valid mailing address. The giveaway is only open for 24 hours (the entire day of the anniversary), so enter now before it's too late!

Good luck, and thanks for reading!

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  1. I think I found you pretty early on- I loved your perspective as a grown unschooler! Congratulations on your anniversary! And thank you! You've eased my worries more times than you could know :)

  2. Argh, google ate my comment! As best as I can remember it: congratulations on 6 years on the blog! I always love reading your writing, and it's interesting to look at ome of your older posts on the most popular list.
    I'd love to enter the giveaway! I'd be interested to see the final product of the zine – I saw a rough draft – and also it would be really useful to show to people who were interested/had questions/etc. Also good luck to everyone who's entering!
    Here's to many years more! :D

  3. Google also ate my comment...Anyway, congratulations! I'm currently researching unschooling for my son (when he is old enough) and would love a copy of the magazine!

  4. Congrats! I would love to win q copy of this to keep as a coffee table book. Its astounding how many people don't know about unschooling, and it would be amazing to be able to just say "here! Read this!" And have them actually read it! Any books or websites I recommend just fall on deaf ears. Thank you for this chance :) and congrats again! Absolutely adore your blog :)

  5. Congratulations! Ive read quite a few of your posts over the last few months while reasearching unschooling and trying to convince my parents. Im super into zines but hadnt heard about unschooling 101 until just now! I would love to add another book to my homeschooling research collection and have a quick guide to show confused relatives :)

  6. I would like to win a copy because I am fairly new to unschooling and want to learn more. I am a public high school teacher and I have been implementing some of the unschooling ideas in my classroom. I want my students to have a chance to love to learn even if the politics get a little messy. I also am unschooling my daughter because I do not like the way public schools are taught, even though I work there! I want to learn everything I can about unschooling so I can have my students and my daughter love to learn as much as I do.

  7. Has it really been SIX years?? Congratulations! Yours was one of the first sites I found when I googled "unschooling" all those years ago. I would love to get a copy since we're diping our toe into unschooling. I'd love to just "hand it over for those who question..."so what are you using for curriculum" or "what do you do all day"??? ;-)

  8. Would love to have a copy to add to our support group's lending library!

  9. I would love to win a copy because I am anticipating unschooling my little one as well as using my background in education to help others who want support in unschooling. I'd love to have this as a resource!

  10. I think I left a comment... but just in case I'd love all the unschooling info I can get, have been leaning this way for several months, your blog is a comfort knowing that going this path won't "ruin" my kids if we walk this path. Congrats on 6 years!

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