Friday, November 18, 2011

Kids Without Stuff Is a Year Old

Yesterday, Jan called to remind me that November 19th is the first anniversary of our blog - Kids Without Stuff.

I can hardly believe it has been that long! I have loved every minute of writing the blog – even those dreaded deadlines.

Before we started our blog, Jan and I had started writing a book called Kids Without Stuff. The book is filled with inspirational stories about the underprivileged students, inspiring teachers, dedicated volunteers and the Principal at StarShine Academy.

We decided to start a blog introducing our ideas. What began last November was a small effort, posting only once a week, while Jan spent most of her time learning all there was to know about blogging.

By December, we were posting twice weekly. In February, we move to daily posts, adding regular etiquette tips, which I write, and educational informative teaching tools, that Jan writes.

I have learned so much in this past year.

When we began, at age 81, I had mastered email – period. It has been a struggle for me, but gradually I became comfortable with blogging and the internet. By last May, I became confident enough to write my own blog called Ageless at 80, on which I post two to three times a week.

We are constantly working on our book, and plan to publish Kids Without Stuff in the spring. Writing almost daily on a blog has been the most fun I’ve had in years.

Thank you, Jan - talented daughter and writing partner, for having confidence in me and pulling me into cyberspace.

By Lois Jamieson

A Note from Jan:
Thank you, mom for having the tenacity to learn something new at age 81, and for being such a wonderful writing partner and mom.

A Note from Jan and Lois:
We would like to thank all of our readers, supporters, and followers on the blog, facebook and twitter. Without your continued support, nuturing and suggestions, we would never have grown the Kids Without Stuff blog.

Thank you also to StarShine Academy, who inspired us to write all these wonderful stories about the students, teachers and volunteers. In addition – thank you Trish McCarty, founder and CEO of StarShine, for supporting and encouraging our efforts.

We look forward to another year of blogging and hope you continue to enjoy our stories. Be sure to watch for our book -  Kids Without Stuff this spring.