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Now it’s a family affair: the one-blog classroom

October 5th, 2004 · 4 Comments


It started when Dave Winer came for lunch in August. While we adults talked, I let Abigail and Michaela play with the digital camera. The pictures they took were fun. And someone wrote a comment that got me thinking…(…So the question is, would I subscribe to a feed of photos taken by a 6-year-old and a 3-year-old? Absolutely.)… about something another blogger had already suggested earlier this year

I’d read about blogs being used in classrooms. We homeschool our children. Why not start a blog for the girls?

I confess too that this blog for the kids had another purpose for me. If I am going to be a blogging advocate, then I need to know how easy it is to set up a blog. Ted has helped me with this Movable Type one. But I figured I should try to set up a free Blogger.com blog and learn how to post pictures and audio on my own.

So I started a blog for my children. I’ve intentionally kept it simple. The name on the blog is mine. But the content comes from my kids. I’m very involved. But I let the girls use the camera, choose the photos and what they want to say.

Once a week, Abigail, Michaela and I add pictures to their blog using Hello. We also did a short audio post of all three girls singing the song Dave Winer taught them when he visited: it has great lyrics for kids blog, blog, blog, blog….

The blog is also a good opportunity to practice writing composition and story telling. I am experimenting with different ways of transcribing the girls’ comments, although occasionally I ask Abigail to type her own words.

My daughters are not the only young bloggers. Jeneane Sessums’s daughter Jenna has been blogging since she was four (happy 7th birthday!). And Ross Mayfield’s daughter has her own blog too.

The girls’ Green Glass Turtles blog is named after a toy I had as a child, something fun and fragile. Of course, the blog has a feed. Right now though I think that it has more pictures than will fit in the feed, so I’d recomment first scrolling through the whole page to reveal all the photos. I look forward to adding more memories and watching the girls grow on their own and in their own…blogging…

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 tania choi // Oct 5, 2004 at 9:44 am

    hi from enoch on tania’s computer… your link’s broken, your kid’s blog’s at :

  • 2 jenny // Oct 5, 2004 at 1:32 pm

    I like the girls’ blog! What a great idea!!!

  • 3 medmusings // Oct 5, 2004 at 1:55 pm

    Huggies Pull-Ups velcro re-attaches & Poop,Poop,Poop!

    i’m so excited about my most recent diaper discoveries (after finding 29 pull-ups for $7.49 on Amazon): 1) The thin velcro strips of Huggies Pull-ups reattach after Nally resourcefully pulls them apart. Feels less secure than the nice thick velcro…

  • 4 Ted Leung on the air // Oct 7, 2004 at 12:08 am

    Kids blog

    Julie’s let the cat out of the bag: she’s set up a blog for the girls. This makes us a total blogging household, which is kind of scary. At the same time, I’ve heard a number of comments about wanting to take a picture to go on the blog or wanting