Monthly Archives: May 2014

The Week In Pictures: 5.30.14

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

This week I felt like a big weight had been lifted with the launch of Blogcademy Home School. It was a looooong time coming.

I began redesigning the site five months ago and a few days after I handed off the files to Kat’s husband (he was the developer on this project — there’s no way we could have pulled it off without him), I was on a plane to Palm Springs, gearing up to film three video segments for our lessons. Once that was done, I came home, faced with turning all our notes and exercise into worksheets. The days, nights and weekends felt impossibly long — when jobs stretch on, it sometimes feels like there’s no light at the end of the tunnel. But, there always is.

I could barely sleep Monday night as the anticipation for the launch built. We’d been planning out our marketing and all the nitty gritty details on the road in San Francisco and Chicago in between Kat and Gala hustling and booking all the venues for the rest of the year, not to mention all of our individual plane tickets and places to stay across three continents. I am terrible at it so I just focus on the creative and let them handle the hellish administrative stuff. Luckily, they don’t mind! Haha.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

It felt surreal to send out our first ever press release on Tuesday, like a very grown-up thing to do. We’ve launched tours and things like that in the past but there’s always such a learning curve. It’s good to get those mistakes out of the way early on. This time, the hiccups were so minor that I couldn’t believe it. I’ve said it a million times and I’ll say it again: it pays to surround yourself with good people that you can trust.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

I feel like I just got home from Chicago but now I’m getting ready to head out to Canada on Thursday. I’m hanging onto my last few days around the house for awhile, enjoying my surroundings and time with Joey and Rocky. I always have this Avedon book sitting out in the living room. The eye on the cover is 3-D and winks at you!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

While I’m toiling away, Rocky spends most of his time next to my desk catching up on his beauty sleep. It’s a tough life!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Have an awesome weekend, everyone! I’m hoping to hit the Schoolhouse sample sale in the morning, finish packing for Canada and wrap up my client’s book (which I am dyyyying to show you!) xoxo

Link Love: 5.29.14

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Nubby Twiglet | Julia Noni Photography

• When you’re jonesin’ for likes, it’s hard to stay sane on the internet.

• Photojojo is now offering engineer prints measuring a massive 3 x 4 feet for just $25.00 with free shipping! Print out your favorite photos jumbo-sized!

• Looking for super cool color palettes? The Day’s Color is for you.

• Check out these early prototypes of Apple computers!

• Makeshift Society just opened their Brooklyn location inside a former pencil factory. This has to be the coolest coworking space EVER.

• New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art has just made 400,000 pieces of its collection available for high-res download.

• Need to get organized? This family check-in center is the coolest thing ever.

• Remember that everything is marketing.

• Looking for your next employment opportunity? 50 ways to get a job can help.

• Ice cream cones, pencils and paper airplanes?! I am in love with these enamel pins!

• Have you ever been told that you dress weird? Read this post and feel confident with who you are!

• Rappers with puppies. Need I say more?!


Photo: Julia Noni.

Welcome to The Blogcademy Home School!

Nubby Twiglet | Welcome to The Blogcademy Home School!

Today, I have some very exciting news to share from The Blogcademy, not to mention a brand spanking new website!

In February of 2012, we dreamed up the idea of The Blogcademy during a handful of late nights wandering the Vegas Strip. In August of the same year, we launched our business on a non-existent budget, having no idea if it would take off. Six days later, our first-ever class sold out in New York City. 16 classes and 400 attendees later, we’re just getting warmed up!

While we LOVE teaching The Blogcademy in person, we can only physically visit so many cities. In the nearly two years we’ve been going strong, every day brings in new destination requests. From Rwanda to Greece to Hungary to The Philippines, we’ve heard you loud and clear: you want to learn about blogging, too! And as much as we love teaching and traveling, it’s only possible to visit so many locales. We also know that not everyone can afford the the time or cost associated with an in-person ticket.


Learn Wherever and Whenever You Want!

On a mission to bring blogging knowledge straight to you, we got to work on The Blogcademy Home School, a collection of modules you can purchase and watch online on a huge variety of subjects. These blog boosters are bite-sized and information packed — we want you to be able to learn what you want, when you want, wherever you want! Each video comes equipped with PDF’s including an overview, a resource list or checklist, and at least one worksheet to drive the lessons home.

Welcome to The Blogcademy Home School!

Home School is not an online version of the workshop — while our in-person classes are all-encompassing and cover a wide range of subjects, the blog boosters are very defined, covering one subject in detail at a time — the majority of which are different from our in-class content. They’re a way to fill in your knowledge gaps quickly and effectively.

If you’re interested in learning about what segments are available, you can click on over and dig in. Each blog booster is only $20.00. And as a bonus, we made a FREE Blogging Basics video. Just log in with your Facebook account and start watching!

Home School will be growing quickly, with new modules being added every few months. If you’d like to stay on top of new offerings, you can join our mailing list (sign up at the top of our site under the header) and as a thank you, you’ll immediately receive a free PDF packed with our all-time favorite blogging resources!


Party With Us In London!

Welcome to The Blogcademy Home School!

One of the best parts about our in-person workshops is the friendships that are formed. It’s so nice to meet like-minded folks. In class, we preach about the value of in-person networking — all of our businesses grew tremendously when we left the comfort of our offices and started meeting people in real life. To help you jump-start your networking, we’re throwing a mixer in London and you’re invited! We promise that there will be absolutely no pretension or sweaty handshakes!

Wear your favorite garb, grab a stack of business cards and join us on Thursday, July 24th at The Roost for drinks, snacks, an awesome DJ, a photo booth and live Q&A session! Even better, you’ll leave the party with a kick-ass goodie bag and new friends. What’s not to love?!

And, if you don’t have a blog but just want to hang with us and have a great time, you’re totally welcome! Tickets are very limited so if you’re interested, book ASAP. I’m looking forward to hanging with you in London!


Thank You!

Thank you for your continued support when it comes to The Blogcademy. This is only the tip of the iceberg of what we have planned — we want to take the confusion out of learning the blogging ropes. Our new tagline is No boredom. No blathering. No bullshit. And, we mean it! Above all, we promise to make learning fun!

Blog Log #15: Define What Your Blog Stands For. Create A Manifesto!

Nubby Twiglet | Define What Your Blog Stands For. Create A Manifesto!

A manifesto is a call to action. It’s a crystal clear declaration of what you stand for and believe in. Do you have one for your blog? I recently wrote a manifesto for Nubby Twiglet and though it’s still a work in progress, it was a great creative exercise to define my blog’s mission. Penning a manifesto for your blog can also be a great personal reminder for what you do and why you do it, especially after you’ve been at it for a long time (my 7 year anniversary is creeping up!).


My Manifesto

Are you a creative who’s passionate about the aesthetics in your daily life? Does design play an integral role in your personal expression? Then you’ve come to the right place. Nubby Twiglet was founded in 2007 under the guise that we should embrace our individuality in order to live a unique, inspired existence. As creatives, our lives are multi-faceted and expression ruminates from everywhere including our surroundings, careers and travels. Why should we separate our lives into bite-sized pieces when we can live it as one, inspiring whole? Come as you are, take charge and embrace a lifestyle that leaves you personally fulfilled.


Manifesto Cheat Sheet

If you’d like to write your own manifesto, here are five tips to help you get started:

1. Call out your blog by name.
You immediately want readers to know what the manifesto represents.

2. Define the purpose of your blog.
How are you helping your audience and adding value to their lives?

3. What makes your blog different?
What’s the unique twist on your content that makes it irreplaceable?

4. Who is your blog’s audience (or ideal audience)?
Are you writing for college students, stay at home moms, creatives or aspiring chefs? Define your niche.

5. How can you end on a positive note?
Tie everything up in a nice bow. Leave your audience feeling inspired and energized.


Do you have a manifesto for your blog?

If you have one or write one after this, please leave it in the comments so we can check it out!