© 2011 Children & Nature Network | www.childrenandnature.org
©2011 Children & Nature Network | www.childrenandnature.org
“All o us share a senseo common purpose. We representmany, many others—some we know,and others we have never met. Peoplethroughout the world are increasinglyconnected by a resonance and passion,to create a new common sense orthe good health o children today andgenerations to come.”
Cheryl Charles President and CEO,Children & Nature Network
Telling Your Story
“Passion is lited rom the earth itsel by the muddy hands o the young;it travels along grass-stained sleeves to the heart. “
Richard Louv Author, Last Child in the Woods
Think o your blog as a place to capture your amily adventures and memories or years to come, while being ableto share them with others today. A simple way to start is by posting photos o a recent nature outing, with short cap-tions. You may fnd that, once you get going, you have more that you want to share. Don’t be araid to experiment.There are many ways to tell your story and everyone has their own unique storytelling voice.You can tell the story rom your perspective or encourage the whole amily to contribute and participate. Ask amilymembers: What did you like the best? What did you see, hear or touch? What would you like to remember? What doyou want others to know? Include children in telling the stories in age-appropriate ways. Younger children can tell youhow they elt and you can type it in. Older children can add their own photos and blog entries. Check out these blogsor good examples o unique voices:
Letting Others Know About Your Blog
Once you begin blogging, you will want to fnd readers within and beyond your network o amily and riends. Thereare many online social media tools, such as Facebook and Twitter that will help you let others know about and ollowyour adventures. You can share with your own amily members, nature club members, potential members, or otherinterested people rom around the world. Your adventures can inspire and motivate others to start their own blogsand maybe start a amily nature club.Social networks, in which people share inormation or have discussions online, are another orm o community. Usu-ally people who share inormation, join discussions, and help others publicize their eorts are the ones who get themost out o the various networks. Many o your riends may already by using some orms o social media – they canhelp introduce you to people and spread your word.Click here or simple ideas or Sharing Your Adventures with Others:
Blogging brings families together.
Blogs provide a un space to capture and enjoyyour photographs, stories, and memorieso outdoor amily adventures in a new way.Children may wish to create their own blog, orwrite entries or the blog you create. Bloggingcan help children develop a sense o place withinthe amily and the larger community.
Why create a Family nature Blog?
Blogging connects you to friends, family and your immediate andgreater communities.
Blogging allows you to enter the ongoing conversation with others who share your passion orgetting amilies into nature. By unleashing the power o your own amily’s story, you can becomepart o the larger movement to connect children and nature.
Blogging can help inspireother families.
Family Nature Blogs are a great way to showothers the benefts o time in nature. Nature isall around us. Blogging about your adventures-- in rural settings and open space; cityneighborhoods, backyards and rootop gardens;suburban parks or walking trails -- can inspireothers. Reading about your amily adventurescan demystiy nature adventures and empowerothers to have some amily outings o their own.
three easy steps to starting a Family nature Blog
Setting Up Your Blog
You can set up and maintain your blog yoursel, or make blogging an activity or the whole amily. I blogging is newto you, Blogging Basics will guide you through the process o setting up your blog. You will also get a realistic ideaabout the time it takes to maintain a blog, which can be done in as little as 1-2 hours a week, once you’ve set it up.This link
will take you to step-by-stepinormation about using ree blog platorms, choosing a name, writing and posting your frst blog entry,and much more!