Friday, September 24, 2010

My Every 50th Follower Feature!

Not too long ago, my Google Friend Connect (GFC) Follower total reached 100 so I thought it would be fun to feature my 100th follower and get to know her a little better.  You can read my blog post here about Brenda at WV Stitcher, A Blog About Reading, Reviewing, and Stitchery, my 100th follower.

Getting to know Brenda was so much fun that I decided to not wait for another 100 followers, but to feature every 50th follower of my blog from now on.  So this week, my 150th follower was Shelby at Homeschool Highway.  She homeschools her children like I do and we use some of the same curriculum for our children.  Shelby shares so many wonderful ideas with her readers as she travels on her "homeschool highway".

To get to know Shelby, I asked her the following questions and her answers are in red:

1.  How long have you been blogging?
I have been blogging steady for a little over a year. I started my first blog, though, over two years ago when I had a life or death scare. It was very therapeutic for me to blog about it. I did not share the blog or post with anyone and after time I forgot I even started the blog. Over a year later I joined a yahoo group where so many of the women had blogs. I was inspired to create one as well. I began a homeschool blog to share all of the things that we do in our homeschool. I thought it would be a great way to keep those distant relatives up to date. Earlier this year I created a second blog to blog about the things in our live that are not strictly homeschool related, like my passion for taking pictures.
2.  What part of the world do you blog from? 
The Southern United States
3.  How did you find my blog to become the 150th follower?
I believe it was through Anna-Marie's blog, Life's Adventures, when she awarded me the One Lovely Blog Award.
4.  How did you decide on the "theme" of your blog?
When I began my blog my theme was all about our journey on the homeschool highway. I even had little nicknames for each of my kids (booster seat, student driver, etc.), but as I was needing to update the blog with the graduation of one of my children and other changes in our life, I got lazy and was short on time and picked one of the generic blog themes to make life easier. Some day I may go back to doing it all myself, but for now it is what it is.
5.  How long have you been homeschooling?
My eldest is 18 and we have always homeschooled. He graduated this past year, so now we are only homeschooling my 17 and 7 year old daughters.
6.  Why did you decide to homeschool?
Ya know, a friend and I were just talking about this the other day. I really can not remember what the deciding factor was, but I do know that as everyone else was getting their kids ready to go to school, it just seemed right to keep them home. Now it is just such a part of who we are that I often forget that we are doing something "different" than everyone else.
7.  What do you like best about blogging?
I like to share the things I create for our homeschool with our homeschool moms.
I also love to share my pictures. I used to participate weekly in Foto Friday, but it has been discontinued and I really miss it. I am thinking of starting my own, but I have to figure out McLinky first.
8.  Do you find any challenges with maintaining a blog?  If so, what are they?
Just finding the time to actually blog. I love playing around with the HTML and layout, but again it is very time consuming.
9.  If you had 3 wishes what would they be?
World peace, ending child exploitation and abuse, and educating people on how to be responsible pet owners - these are my global wishes. 
My more personal wishes would be . . .
To be debt free. To live closer to our extended family. For better overall health.
 10. Where is your favorite place to be with your family?
Home. We all love being at home and being together as a family. It may sound funny, but we actually like each other and each others company.

I am thankful for all my other 149 GFC followers (and those that follow my blog that I may know or not know about) and I wish I could feature all of you!  I hope you have enjoyed getting to know Shelby as much as I have.  Make sure you stop in at her blog, Homeschool Highway, and say "Hi!"

1 click on "Fence" button below = 1 vote for 
"A Slice of Smith Life"


Melissa N. said...

Such a nice thing you do! I love it! Keep rockin' on momma!

Anonymous said...

Great idea :) Spotlighting a follower is a super idea !
HAppy Friday to you :)

Unknown said...

It was nice to get to know Shelby. I will be visiting her blog very soon. I clicked a vote for you, Tracy.

I love your blog! I am now you newest follower through the Blog Hop. I cannot wait to see you over at Budget Savvy Diva,, the place you go when you want to save money the easy way!

Jessica B. said...

Hi! I'm your newest Friday follower. Would love it if you'd follow me back at Mom of all Trades.

Great post... super idea. I voted for you.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the kind words. I am blushing like crazy over here.

Katie said...

Thanks for visiting my blogs. Yours is great! (esp. for starting just a couple months ago) Happy Friday! :)

Hi Melissa!
Thanks for your visit and comment! I just left a few comments on your cute blog! Your Sat. post from today is beautiful! The girls are so adorable!

Hi Tammy! Thank you for your visit and comment :) I hope you are having a great weekend! I just left a comment under your "student of the week" post! Congrats to your little guy, Bryton, for a job well done!
Happy Saturday to you!

Hi Lynda! I think it's always fun to get to know other bloggers too! Thanks for the vote! I did the same for you and I have your 2 new blog buttons on my blog scroll on the left side of my home page. Love the glittery text like my button!
Hope you are having a great weekend!

Thanks Sara at "Budget Savvy Diva" for your visit, comment,and follow :) I left you a comment on your most recent post!
Have a good weekend!

Hi Jessica!
Thanks for your visit, comment and follow! I'm following you back :) I just left a comment on your post with your baby signing "milk". Adorable and amazing! I also left the link to my Signing Time post in my comment :)
Have a blessed weekend!

Thanks Anna-Marie! I just left a comment on your most recent post about your school update :) Clicked a vote for you! Enjoy your travels!

Hi Shelby! Thanks again for being my 150th follower! It was alot of fun to get to know you a little better :)
Hope your weekend is going well!

Thanks Katie for your visit and comment! Thanks also for following my blog :)
I hope you are having a great weekend!

Hi Naomi! Thanks for visit, comment and follow! I'm now following you on GFC!

Hope your weekend is going well!

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