Category Archives: The Blogcademy

Confetti, Donuts and Celebrations at The Blogcademy Chicago

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Chicago

“My first day in Chicago was September 4, 1983. I set foot in this city, and just walking down the street, it was like roots, like the motherland. I knew I belonged here.” —Oprah Winfrey

I’d heard only wonderful things about Chicago so I was beyond excited to finally check it out and teach The Blogcademy in the windy city. Between the impeccable manners, indulgent food (Cookie skillets?! Yes, please!) and a truly awesome skyline, it was a great place to call home for the week.

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Chicago

We held our class at Enerspace which is a massive co-working space with a super accommodating staff — if you have an event coming up, I highly recommend it! I couldn’t stop peeking out the window during breaks. Chicago is so massive that we only scratched the surface of its neighborhoods during our stay.

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Our ladies and gents are always so stylish — I love that they’re not shy about rocking their rad sense of personal style.

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Chicago

After some last minute decor touches, we kicked off class. On time. Normally, our blogcadettes are busy chatting and snapping photos so that’s a total rarity. But then again, midwesterners are known for their perfectly on-point manners!

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Chicago

One of the best parts about hitting the road with The Blogcademy is getting to meet so many of you in person. I’d known Clayton online for years and was so pumped to hear that he had finished high school the day before we kicked off class and even better, was joining on his birthday! Go, Clayton!

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Chicago

That could only mean one thing: celebrations were in order and it was time for donuts!

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Chicago

“Let me tell you something. I’m from Chicago. I don’t break.” —Barack Obama

While our Chicago group was incredibly polite and soft-spoken, they were also whip-smart and razor focused. In between blowing confetti, they took their learning and note taking very seriously!


Sponsors

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Love Ideas Ink provided us with these fun greeting cards — there’s nothing quite like sending a card with a handwritten note to someone you love.

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A little inspiration goes a long way and these Ladybird Likes keychains are a great visual reminder.

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Chicago

I LOVED these arrow pins by Art School Dropout! During our class, I spotted them on bags, in hairdos and even attached to sneakers.

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Chicago

Mad Bijou surprised everyone with disco glitter necklaces!

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Chicago

My personal belief is that you can never have too many notebooks. This selection, complete with colorful pages by Ribbon Squirrel was wonderful.

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Chicago

Life On Mars Vintage provided us with these chic scarves covered in illustrations of Marilyn Monroe!

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There are so many technical details to learn when it comes to blogging and WordPress For Beginners makes it a cinch to learn the ropes.

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In our classes, glitter ears are a necessity. Crown and Glory always delivers!


Class Photo

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Thanks to BTriz Collections, we each had a pack of confetti waiting in our goodie bags. Seriously, this group was so much fun and up for all of our wacky prompts!


Special Thanks

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Chicago

Thank you to our our super sweet, accommodating intern, Carrie who is quite the world traveler. We originally met her in our London class, then she moved to San Francisco and then she trekked all the way out to Chicago to assist us. Whew!

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Chicago

We totally fell in love with the windy city. Chicago, your gracious Midwestern manners are what a teacher’s dreams are made of. Lots of love to ya!


See You In Europe!

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Chicago

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve gotta fly through a whole lot of report cards — our European dates are quickly approaching! Join us in London, Berlin or Amsterdam for two days of blogging strategy, confetti and a whole lot of fun. Hope to see you there!


Venue: Enerspace
Photographer: Mysi Finlay of Soda Fountain Photography.

The Blogcademy: Join Us For Our Livestream From Vancouver!

The Blogcademy Live Stream

It’s time to (virtually) party!

I’m in Vancouver at the moment with The Blogcademy and today at 11 am PST, we’ll be kicking off a free livestream event. RSVP here, submit your burning questions about business and blogging and hang with us!

In between your questions, we’ll also be chatting about our new offerings including Mixers and Home School so if you’re wondering if they’re a good fit for you, now is the time to find out.

We’re going live at 11 am in California, 2 pm in New York City, 7 pm in London and 6 am (Wednesday) in New Zealand. And if you miss it, the recording will be available to watch back within a few hours of filming.

See you soon!

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!

The Week In Pictures: 5.23.14

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Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

As I was flying home from Chicago on Monday night, my stomach started doing somersaults. I was in the center seat (of course!) and I’d just made friends with the lady next to me so the last thing I wanted to do was throw up. Holding it together, I inched my way off the plane as quickly as possible the second it landed and within a few hours, felt back to normal but this whole week has felt a little topsy-turvy.

As soon as I got home, I found out that Joey had to head up to Seattle the next day to help a friend on a remodeling project. I’m hoping things chill out a bit after the weekend! But, maybe that’s asking a bit too much…as I was putting this post together earlier, I flipped on the TV in the middle of a press conference warning all of Portland to boil our water. Ahhhhh!

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Over the weekend, I partied it up with the Chicago Blogcademy. A full recap is coming soon but man, the Midwesterners have some seriously good manners. It threw us off a bit at first — Kat, Gala and I are rebellious at heart and tend to draw in the same mix when it comes to our audience. We’d never had such a perfectly well-behaved class! A+ for this group all around. I want to go back and hug them all while confetti drizzles down. ;)

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We do custom totes for each class and for Chicago, I was craving something a bit more simplistic this time.

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Once the class was over, Kat, Gala and I headed out to our home away from home in Chicago (FRASCA, WE LOVE YOU!) and made some big plans. Over the last two years, I’ve realized over and over again that there’s only so much I can do on my own. But with these two ladies by my side? I feel like anything is possible. Sure, sometimes we disagree over which movie to watch, argue like siblings and can’t decide on where to eat dinner. But when it comes to the big stuff like business and relationships, we meet in the middle almost every time. And that makes me really grateful because having friends who you also get to work alongside and travel the world with? That is priceless.

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On Tuesday morning, I dusted off my office and unpacked my bags after two weeks away and as I went over all the projects and commitments I had lined up, I felt overwhelmed. But then I reminded myself that all I can do is my best. Nothing’s ever going to be perfect. I just need to keep learning as I’m going.

And on that note, here’s a bloopers reel I just got ahold of from The Blogcademy. All I can say is…it got better from here. Haha. I’ve always loved a good blooper so here’s to a lot of laughs, imperfection and above all, having a good time. Have a great holiday weekend and I can’t wait to share our launch with you on Tuesday! xo

Blogcademy San Francisco: Kicking Off A Very Colorful Year Of Classes

Nubby Twiglet | Blogcademy San Francisco

Blogcademy San Francisco was our first class of the year and before it kicked off, we were feeling some definite “first day of school” jitters since we’d just re-shuffled and polished up our presentation. It’s always a roll of the dice when you take a chance and change up a tried-and-true formula. But, we had nothing to worry about — this group of women welcomed us with open arms, warm smiles and plenty of questions (we ended the class with our longest open Q&A yet!)

Nubby Twiglet | Blogcademy San Francisco

Nubby Twiglet | Blogcademy San Francisco

You know what I immediately loved about San Francisco? The women in our class were focused and driven but also knew how to have fun — from the beginning of class, they opened up and weren’t afraid to share their vulnerabilities along with their successes. By the end of day two, I felt like we’d just spent a week at the best summer camp of all time. Saying goodbye to this group was really, really hard.

Nubby Twiglet | Blogcademy San Francisco

Our first ever San Francisco class was held at Makeshift Society, an eclectic clubhouse and co-working space in the heart of Hayes Valley. I immediately felt at home amongst the geometric wallpaper, stacks of art and design books, walls covered in hanging inspiration and comfy couches. By the end of day one, I was begging them to open up a location in Portland. ;)

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Our totes this time around featured a cable car…so quintessentially San Francisco! For every class, we design a custom graphic and do a print run through OSI. It’s so much fun adding those unique details to every city’s experience.

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I love it when our blogcadettes show off their unique style — Angela flew in from Nebraska and lit up the room with her gold polkadot chiffon skirt. Wowza!

Nubby Twiglet | Blogcademy San Francisco

It took no time at all for our blogcadettes to rifle through their goodie bags and finish off their looks with ears and bows.

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I always say that the best part of the weekend is watching our ladies make new friends. Shown above: Ayanna, Erin, Mariah and Samantha (who flew in all the way from Australia!)

Nubby Twiglet | Blogcademy San Francisco

On Sunday, it was Mother’s Day and we figured that there was no better way to celebrate than with a mix of macarons from Chantal Guillon which was right down the street. Always a crowd pleaser!

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I won’t tell you what happened here. You’ll have to come to class to find out why I’m always mortified when this particular story comes up in the presentation. ;)


SPONSOR LOVE

Our sponsors KILLED IT this time around. These independent businesses hooked our blogcadettes up big time and we are so thankful for their generosity!

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Notebooks are a must-have in class and Moxie Makery delivered with a rainbow-hued, pocket-sized assortment.

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Ladybird Likes created a customized mix of wooden pins and keychains featuring our branding and inspirational messages.

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It’s no secret that our ladies love big, bold hair accessories and these giant satin bows by Dark Pony Designs were a huge hit.

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Reeta Krishna’s WordPress for Beginners book is so awesome because it covers some of the more technical parts of blogging that every blogger should know.

And, I’m always a fan of the cute acrylic accessories Art School Dropout whips up. These arrow hair clips were super fun.

Nubby Twiglet | Blogcademy San Francisco

The days of scrunchies and ugly hair bands adorning our wrists are over thanks to Mane Message! I’ve been wearing mine every single day since.

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Zelma Rose sent necklaces imprinted with custom sayings on them and the packaging was top notch.

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Fellow Branch client Olivine Atelier went above and beyond with sampler packs of scents! I designed the branding and packaging last year and getting to share it with the blogcadettes was really special. The finishing touch? Each box included a gold-dipped feather!

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And, no class is complete without a glittery mix of sparkly ears from Crown and Glory!

And finally, a special thank you goes out to Kind who hooked us up with their delicious bars throughout the weekend.


Extra Love

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After class, we always pose with blogcadettes in front of our backdrop. We changed up the pattern this year — do you like it? Here, we’re hanging out with Paula from Blank Stare, Blink. LOVE HER.

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A special shout-out goes out to our kick-ass interns, Vivian and Paige. They were an absolute wonder team and I wish we could pack them along around the world with us.

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And, no Blogcademy is ever complete without a class photo. Yes, it was as fun as it looks!

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By the end of class, this is basically how I felt, as illustrated by the amazingly talented Hannah Concannon of The Dress Up Box.

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Thank you to all of the wonderful ladies who spent their weekend with us, learning about blogging, snapping photos and eating macarons.


JOIN US!

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If you’d like to join us on the road, we’re off to Vancouver and Calgary in June, London, Berlin and Amsterdam in July and August, New York and Washington, D.C. in September and October and finally, Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland in November and December. Hope to see you in class!


All photos: Ingrid Chang of Jerry Yoon Photographers.
Venue: Makeshift Society.