Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Homeschool Misfit Awards: Time to Vote!

Nominations have closed and it's time to VOTE!  I'm excited to see both familiar blogs and those that are completely new to me.  I've only had time to check links but I saw several that I want to go back and check out later and I really want to encourage you to visit the various blogs before you vote. This is not meant to be merely a popularity contest, but a chance to connect with other self professed misfits, find new blogs, laugh at ourselves and with each other, and most of all- celebrate our craziness as we strive to do the best we can for our kids. That's what ties us all together, no matter our differences.

The nominated blogs are listed below.  I did have a couple of issues; one link led nowhere, one had no content.  If you nominated someone and it's not there, that is most likely the problem!  Read through, decide which fits the category best, and vote!  And if you're a nominee, feel free to grab either or both buttons and link it to this post!  Enjoy!

1. The Wannabe Award- This is for the homeschool parent who wants to be this or that (Classical, Structured, Relaxed, Unschooler, Free Spirit, Sane) but frequently falls short and is not afraid to admit it.  "Here's where I want to be, here's where I am, and I'm going to keep on striving."

2. The "Squirrel" Award- "Wait, weren't we supposed to be studying Abraham Lincoln?  How'd we end up talking about the chemical properties of Styrofoam?"  This is the homeschool blogger who begins her posts on one topic and then takes off in several different directions.  ADHD anyone?

3. The Harried Homeschooler Award- "Good thing I don't neglect my kids like I do my blog."  or "Who are all these kids and why are they wanting my attention when I'm trying to blog?".  This is the blogger who has every intention of blogging regularly, but life just gets in the way sometime.  Her family expects regular meals.  What's up with that?

4. The Perfect Procrastinator Award- "I really should write that thought provoking piece about world hunger/child discipline/spiritual growth/etc. but I'd rather play on Facebook.  Here's a cute puppy photo instead."  Some bloggers have turned procrastination into an art form.  Quit procrastinating and fill out the nomination form!

5. The Blabber Blog Award- "MOM, you put THAT photo/story on your blog?" This one's for the blogger who isn't afraid to "embarrass" her family for the sake of blog fodder.

6. Too Busy Blogging Award- The opposite of The Harried Homeschooler, this blogger posts at least once a day, if not more.  It's an addiction. Like coffee, only not as tasty.

7. The Meme Forgotten Award- For those who begin a meme, mentally commit to following through weekly, and then promptly forget or manage it sporadically at best.

Ha!Ha! Someone nominated me for this one.  Unfortunately, now that we've added prizes I'm making myself ineligible and keeping my Queen of Misfits Badge.  But, yep, I would fit here. Someday I shall finish my ABC's of Homeschooling (maybe once the second go 'round catches up to where I left off?)!

8. The Not Coming Soon Award- Ever write a post informing your readers of all the great upcoming posts you have in mind?  Did these posts actually get written? This is the award for the blogger hanging their head sheepishly as they read this description.

9.  The Snarky Homeschooler Award- (1.) snarky adj \ˈsnär-kē\- sarcastic, impertinent, or irreverent in tone or manner   (2.) home·school·er noun \-ˌskü-lər\ - one that homeschools 

 10. The Misfit Among Misfits Award- Have you read through the Homeschool Blog Awards and not found a category that fits you, only to come to the Misfit awards and realize you still don't belong?  You may just be unique, qualifying you as the Misfit among Misfits!

I only included those blogs not nominated for one of the other categories.  If you nominated yourself for this one but someone else nominated you in another category...well, maybe it's time to wake up and smell the coffee? Someone thinks you're a misfit!

Homeschool Girls

Click HERE to vote!   
Please vote only once in each category. Thanks!
Voting will be open until Thursday, November 3rd.

And don't forget to check out our lovely sponsors and their lovely prizes.  Thanks for supporting the Misfits, we appreciate you! is offering a printable game set (10-15 games included) of choice to all 10 winners!

A Journey Through Learning will provide a lapbook of choice to all 10 winners!

 Sonlight has donated a Mathtacular DVD* (not usually available outside of kit) to 5 winners!

Joyce Herzog has offered her book, Learning in Spite of Labels, to 1 winner!

Phyllis Sather is giving her Purposeful Planning set to 1 winner!

Zeezock Publishing will send 1 winner two e-book movie guides of their choice!

Friend and Crew member, Heather, from Faith, Family & Fun is providing 1 winner with a "Pamper Pack for a Homeschool Mom" ($20 Starbucks gift card, a fun book, some sea salts and organic soap)!

 Susan Kemmerer, of Schoolhouse Publishing, is offering her book to 1 winner, Homeschool Supermom...Not!

Homeschool Horizons, Canada's Homeschool Encouragement Magazine, will provide each winner with a copy of their Holiday issue! 

*DVD only, does not include entire kit.
Fine Print:  I am a wife, mom, and blogger. These awards are intended for fun and encouragement only. Prizes are offered as an extra bonus but I do not guarantee anything and will not be held responsible for undelivered prizes (I'll do my best to take care of it if there's a problem but don't bother trying to sue me. I'm a preacher's wife with a houseful of kids, not much you want here.). Downloadable prizes are available for everyone, regardless of location. Items that need to be shipped will be US only. Once winners are determined, I will ask them for their first and second choice, etc. and individual prizes will be determined on a first come, first served basis.  This contest is open to all homeschool bloggers, regardless of religious affiliation or the lack thereof. If you'd prefer not to receive a faith based prize, please indicate that to me when contacted as a winner and I will do my best to accommodate you.  I reserve the right to make changes, cancel the awards, remove your site if it's completely offensive, or do anything else I need to do at any time 'cause it's my contest.  Blah, blah and yada, yada, yada and whatever else should be here to protect my rear end. Hope you enjoy the contest!


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