My other blog gets so much traffic that I receive 5-10 emails every single day offering to write a guest post for my blog. The pitches are so terrible that I usually delete them without reading them.
This homeschooling blog, on the other hand, is so new to me, that the offers to write guest posts still intrigue me. I usually learn something from considering the proposed post.
Take this pitch, for example:
I found your fun and very informative homeschooling blog and noticed that you accept guest posts. I would love to help contribute to your blog, if you’re interested of course. How about an article that discusses how using the kitchen as a classroom can help in different topics such as health, science, math, and social studies.
I looked at the signature file to see if the person is famous. You never know. Not that famous people write popular posts. They don't, actually. I have had big-shot guest-bloggers, like AJ Jacobs. He writes totally amazing bestselling books and all magazines would die of happiness to have him write for them. (In fact, I just read his upcoming book, Drop Dead Healthy, and it"s super fun. You should buy it.) Anyway, AJ wrote a blog post for me and you know what? People didn't really like it.
I wanted to scream: "What was wrong with everyone here?!?!!? Do you not know that AJ Jacobs is the god of turn-of-our-century humor?"
But it just shows that not every good writer can write a good blog post.
Anyway, this guest post offer comes from a woman named Debbie Lawrence. I look to see if she is famous, and she has two domains in her signature file, Chef2Chef.net and Online Schools.com/blog. That is impressive.
So I think to myself: Would her topics work on my blog? Maybe she'll be good.
But I realize that I can think of about 12,000 lessons I could do in the kitchen. But they would all take my time and concentration and be annoying to me. I am not the kind of mom who is going to teach her kids why oil and water don't mix. It bores me. And, on top of that, I don't actually know why they don't mix.
Anyway, if I wanted to do fun experiments in the kitchen I'd get out the chocolate making kit I've had on the special fun projects shelf in my closet for more than a year because I know it will not be fun.
I would like a guest post about stuff my kids could do alone in the kitchen. So I could have some time to myself. I wouldn't even care if there were a lesson. I'd just be happy they were doing stuff alone.
Now that I think about it, the reason I don't want tips for an educational kitchen is because I get it: everything is educational if you are interested. A kid who loves cooking does not need me to tell him fun stuff he can learn in the kitchen. He'll experiment himself in the kitchen. And this is true of everything. I don't need tips on how to make education fun for my kids. I need tips on how to have the strength to stay out of my kids' way and let them learn what they want to learn when they want to learn it.