1. Callie says

    I think it’s bloggers, like you, with a whole wealth of valuable information that took away the need for list-serve help. Our group still helps each other, but it’s rarely about curriculum and schooling. Recently though, I was telling my DH about helping someone with that sort of question and he said “why didn’t you just tell them to Google it”. So, I guess because the info is at our fingertips we don’t have to go digging for it. I think it’s a good thing.

  2. Betsy says

    You know, I haven’t consciously thought about it, but you’re right. We have more “communications tools” than ever, but there seems to be less communicating going on. Busy? Yes. Tools that only allow brief comments like Twitter and Facebook? Maybe. Taking in information, but not responding or interacting? Perhaps, like watching TV replaced live performances. Hmmm. I don’t think we truly realize all that we’re missing by not having the interaction, and especially, the in-person encouragement. We just feel that things are a bit emptier somehow, you think?

  3. says

    I’ve noticed the same trend, Heather. We began way back in ’92. Didn’t even have email lists back then. We forged ahead mostly on conviction and faith. Was it more difficult? Maybe, in a sense, but I believe we (meaning our family) were more focused on what we were about. The technology we have now is amazing! And the opportunities and choices are endless. For me, that makes it harder, ’cause this old mom gets worn out making decisions. Blessings to you and yours!

  4. says

    Ditto. In my area, there just seemed to be a lot of arguments kept cropping up, so if you knew what was good for you, you should just glean whatever information you could and keep your mouth shut. Eventually, most of the local Yahoo groups became mini clicks. Fortunately, I am still on a couple of yahoo groups that are more of the international sort. Somehow people who NEVER see each other tend to get along better.

    ps. It seems most people are learning about homeschooling on YouTube lately. Kinda scary.

  5. says

    I have not experienced that. We have a great Yahoo group in our community! There are messages every day and they’re very encouraging. It’s a moderated group and so we rarely have had debates. I guess I’ll appreciate it just a little bit more now.
    However, what I have noticed is a decline in the attendance of our IRL support group meeting. In that respect, people are just getting too busy.

  6. says

    I think that a lot of homeschoolers are now using social media to connect with each other. On facebook you can connect with friends, ask questions on pages, or join a group.

  7. Kelly says

    I think fb might be the new “email lists”. I actually don’t know what an email list is. I’ve liked lots of pages and there is tons of parental support. I think the best I’ve seen is The Old Schoolhouse Mahazine fb page. There are at least 15 questions a day from parents and no less than 10 answers for each from other parents, sometimes it’s more like 60! So it’s still out there, maybe just in a different form. is another good place to look.

  8. says

    Yes, Yahoo groups and forums (for the most part) are pretty obsolete. I think that the explosion of quality homeschool blogs has filled the gap for good information. As far as support — give and take — I’m not sure. Probably via social media, namely Facebook. The Internet is constantly changing, and how we interact changes too. I’ve got a yahoo group that I’m trying to decide how to handle — move to FB? Delete altogether? Not really sure.

    • says

      I’m on quite a few of the Yahoo Groups and despite the fact that they are slow, I still consider them my number one way to find out about field trips and park days. I also know that if I do have a real need or question, SOMEONE out there will be willing to answer me. :) It is just strange that they are becoming less active.

      I will say this: I HATE FACEBOOK. I have a facebook group for the Homeschool Post authors and even though I’m admin for the site, I can’t ever get in there to check on it. I really don’t like it — and I miss a lot of convo b/c I can’t make myself get in there to keep up.

  9. says

    I’ve wondered the same thing. My first ‘support group’ was the homeschool forum on Crosswalk (which recently moved to Facebook). Then I discovered homeschool bloggers, and a local support group that provided some great face time with other families. We attend a church that has a significant number of homeschoolers. I don’t lack for places to go for info, or people to talk to about whatever is on my homeschoolin’ mind.

    I also hope that those who need support are able to find it. I think we should just keep blogging and networking all we can in our own neck of the woods.