Lily started a blog this week. We have been toying around with the idea for a few months but this past weekend I finally signed her up on WordPress and she picked out her (very girly) theme and we were ready to go. To say she is excited is an understatement.
I have tried to limit “screen time” in our house and when my kids get some, I try and make sure it is highly educational. But as Lily gets older the educational have far less appeal and the ones that are strictly fun and games are what she begs for. This is a really great way to spend her “screen time” because she is doing creative writing.
I have been giving her ideas for daily writing prompts and although her posts so far are only a few sentences long she is taking it very seriously. What I love is that she is learning writing skills, computer skills and even a little bit of typing skills. All at a second grade level of course, but that ain’t too shabby.
The best thing is that, although I intend on keeping her blog very, very private, I have sent the link out to family and they have subscribed and become avid commenters. Today her face lit up when she saw comments and, like a good blogger, she immediately replied back to them. Who needs a blogging conference to tell you to connect with your community? She got that down on day one.
I also stumbled upon this awesome site to help encourage kids to blog called (geniusly) Kids Can Blog. It provides weekly blogging prompts as well and I hope to incorporate them into our writing.
I don’t know how long until the excitement of our little project wears off. At this age it could be days. But while it is still something she looks forward to every day, I plan to encourage it. I know what an amazing outlet blogging has become for me and I would love for her to find her own voice in writing.
Do your kids have a blog or a journal?
This post is submitted to Works For Me Wednesday at We Are That Family.