I’ve always felt that the biggest benefit of hosting a workshop in person is that it fosters so many meaningful, real life connections. We’d all like to think (myself included) that we can drum up endless business relationships and friendships online but even if they begin there, the real solidification happens the second you meet that person face-to-face for the first time.
While the private forum we keep for all Blogcademy graduates to participate in is great (there’s the opportunity to mingle with women who weren’t necessarily in your class), we still feel strongly that taking anything to the next level means meeting in person.
When we were in New York, we set up a lunch date with the first group of New York graduates from last October and invited along any other blogcadettes who happened to be in town. And it went swimmingly — this colorful bunch kept us entertained for close to three hours!
It helped that the restaurant, The Smith in the East Village had a photo booth tucked away in the basement, delicious food and drinks….and a peephole hidden in the wall full of naughty vintage movies we later found out about!
I loved the meetup because it was an opportunity to get to know some of the women a whole lot better and to catch up on life — we chatted about relationships, jobs and balancing a laundry list of commitments with blogging and trying to find that often fuzzy balance.
Having the opportunity to meet up with that first group of girls again was really special — they believed in what we were doing from the beginning. There were no videos, no testimonials and our overview was a lot less defined than it is now. They put their trust in us and by buying up all the available seats in 6 days flat, allowed us to make our dream a reality and I will forever be grateful for that.
Even though that first class was far from perfect, the women in attendance dutifully filled out surveys and their feedback helped make the class what it has become. I remember how nervous we all were on that first day — there’s no way around that feeling when you’re doing something for the very first time. No matter how defined the curriculum is, how polished the workbook is or how much you’ve planned for every possible scenario, you never know how it’s all going to go over until you’re there in person.
Watching that first class grow has been immensely rewarding. One of the big success stories has been Latanya Rene of Sprinkles and Booze. When she attended our class last October, she didn’t even have a blog yet — and now, it’s her full-time gig! Of the experience, she said:
“I realized that the Blogcademy was more than just a two day workshop but a sisterhood. I already had an overwhelming feeling of unity between all of the wonderful women I have met and continue to meet because of the Blogcademy. This feeling is so strong. Like, Incredible Hulk strong.”
And that’s were the real power is — women forming relationships that begin with a common interest in blogging but blossom into so much more.
Another London Class Just Added
There’s another big announcement today! As of last night, we officially sold out our upcoming London workshop and made the decision to launch a second date while we are in town. It will be taking place Thursday, September 5th and Friday, September 6th. This weekday class is ideal for creatives including freelancers and wedding industry folks who just can’t swing weekends.
Feel free to register here for our weekday class and shoot us any questions you may have at headmistresses @ theblogcademy.com. And remember, if you’re on this side of the pond, our last date in the U.S. takes place in Austin in August and we have a few seats left.
Thanks for reading and I hope to see you on the road!