I hope your week has been treating you well so far! I just wanted to stop in with a little reminder that our last ever U.S. Blogademy Live dates are happening really soon. If youâ€™ve been on the fence about going, I donâ€™t want you to miss out â€” we have just two seats left in each!
If you want to spend the weekend learning all about blogging, social media, branding and of course, how to take a great still life photo (my favorite segment!), this is your last chance to do it in person.
This September, we are wrapping up the current format of the live Blogcademy workshop. Since launching the class in 2012, thereâ€™s been a whirlwind of 30 classes across three continents and 1,000 women have joined us for the fun.
After three years of meeting, teaching and befriending so many wonderful, amazing women, weâ€™ve collectively decided to refocus our energy, regroup and come up with something new. Change is good and itâ€™s time to evolve.
For our final classes, we wanted to offer you something special as a way of saying thank you for all your support over these last few years. For one week only, if you book into San Francisco or New York, you will receive Blogcademy Online, the digital version of our in-person workshop, for free. This is a $497.00 value.
Youâ€™ll receive Online after youâ€™ve attended the in-person class meaning that if you werenâ€™t able to take as many notes as youâ€™d hoped, you can play the video lessons over as many times as needed. The added bonus is that it also includes a bundle of bonus worksheets and prompts.
This offer is available until midnight on Sunday, August 2nd, 2015. All you have to do is book into San Francisco or New York and weâ€™ll send you course access after the live workshop.
Have questions? Email us anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org and weâ€™ll help you out.
This workshop was everything I could have hoped for â€” colorful, inspiring and full of plenty of ridiculously funny stories (as all good classrooms should have!)
When we came up with the idea of The Blogcademy in a Vegas hotel room in 2012, I could have never imagined what it would bring to my life â€” meeting 1,000 women from around the world filled up my world so much. With each class, we give it everything weâ€™ve got and in return, get so much back. Thereâ€™s a light that comes through when you meet someone face-to-face. That emotion and interaction is priceless.
On another note, If you’d like to join us in a live class this year, scroll to the bottom of this post for the two remaining dates and details. This is it!
What a weekend! 30 unique, wonderful women joined us for our sixth London class and I am so glad this video by Long Haul Films captured that intensely magical energy.
Thereâ€™s always that feeling of nervousness and excitement that fills the empty room right before we fling open the doors.
The goodie bags are packed, the decor is up, the music is pumpingâ€¦and then itâ€™s showtime.
â€œHIIIIIII! Remember us, your good olâ€™ friends from the internet?!!!â€
Colorful, geometric baubles? Yes, please.Bespoke Bridedefinitely knows the way to our hearts.
Remember those classes you always fell asleep in during school? I do! Our goal at The Blogcademy is to be the exact opposite of that â€” you can expect a little comedy, a lot of dramatic stories of blogging triumphs and failures, a little dancing and plenty of high fives and hugging. Learning should be inspiring, fun and encourage you to own your weirdness. Because really, that weirdness is what makes you unique.
You see that sly smile? She knows that goodie bag is off the hook!
We always kick off class with personal introductions. You know, the laughable WTF moments of our blogging careers and a few fun facts thrown in for good measure.
But then, we turn the tables. One by one, the blogcadettes introduce themselves and letâ€™s just say that Reshmi won me over with her story of having a pet squirrel as a childâ€¦.and her homemade marshmallows were an added bonus. Londoners, visit her shop immediately â€” just check out those craaaaazy cakes!
Color for daaaays. LOVE.
Two pineapples are better than one!
A class just isnâ€™t complete without a few of these moments. Just keep laughing like no oneâ€™s watching!
Sneaker wedges are the teaching shoes of choice when youâ€™re standing all day!
The ghost of Michael Jackson?!
Kat and I always team up for the still life activity and it starts out on-taskâ€¦.
â€¦but usually ends up like this.
When it came to still lifes, this class nailed it big time! They left with plenty of ideas of how to personalize their photos.
By the end of the second day, it was time to push the weirdness to the next level.
Depending on how you look at it, one of the downsides of being a graphic designer is that it can be a very solitary existence. Like many creative fields, there’s a lot of time spent in front of a computer, on the phone and doing research â€” alone.
Looking back at the nearly 30 Blogcademy workshops we’ve taught around the world, the one thing that’s stuck with me most are the relationships. Getting out of my office and into the classroom has allowed me to meet women from all walks of life and I’m so glad to now call many of them friends. While forming relationships and learning online is great, nothing can replicate the energy that a face-to-face meeting brings and that’s why I love our live events so much.
When you’re teaching in a live setting, not every event runs smoothly but this one was a perfect example of the magic that can happen when all the variables line up. From the venue to the decor to the high energy, I kind of didn’t want it to end.
We taught at Biz Dojo and if you’re in Auckland and on the lookout for a co-working space, this place is awesome. It’s super stylish with the friendliest staff.
Without a doubt, this class tied with San Francisco as being our most colorful. This group of women had the most fabulous style, from candy-colored sneakers to beautifully embroidered caftans.
One of the most exciting parts of this class was having the opportunity to meet ladies I’d known online for years including Steff Metal. Though she’s legally blind, she’s written several books, officiates alternative weddings and runs a successful blog. I have one word to describe her: inspiring.
You know what makes me smile? Great decor. And Wink sure delivered. I mean, how can you go wrong with mini silver balloons spelling out B L O G and faux polaroids (including a snapshot of Chubs!) lining the walls?
Smiles! Palm Trees! Confetti!
Okay Auckland, you’d already won us over but you weren’t quite done yet! One of our lovely ladies in attendance, Te Kiira stood up at the end of class and sang us a song — we stood there, smiling from ear to ear as she belted it out. There’s a first for everything! New Zealand, I seriously love you. I’ve never felt so at home while being so far away from home.
Upcoming In-Person Classes
Since we aren’t doing as many in-person classes this year, make sure you don’t miss out! Next up is London in June at the beautiful Curtain Road Studios and it would be amazing to see you there. You can also grab tickets to San Francisco, New York City, Melbourne and Sydney.
Win a Copy of Blogcademy Online
That’s not all, folks! Right now, we’re running an Instagram contest for 5 lucky participants to win their very own copy of Blogcademy Online! To enter, just upload a photo of the place you blog / work from (could be your bed, office or favorite coffee shop) and tag it with #theblogcademy by this Wednesday, April 29th. Check out examples here to get inspired. Woohoo!
It’s time to celebrate because today is Kat’s birthday! Over at The Blogcademy, we’re raising a toast to her big day and want to invite you to join in the fun. For the next 24 hours only, we’re offering a whopping 50% off Blogcademy Online!
Interested? Read on!
If you’re new here, The Blogcademy is a strategy-based blogging workshop I co-founded with Kat and Gala in 2012. After teaching across three continents, this January, we launched an online version of the workshop. Now, everyone can join in, regardless of geographical location. Even better, the lifetime access allows you to rewind, re-watch and learn at your own pace.
There’s a boatload of content included in Blogcademy Online (I should know — I designed it!) and with your purchase, you’ll receive immediate access to the following:
â€¢ Over six hours of video lessons, broken down into bite-sized modules. Each is easy to digest and packed with actionable information that you can put into practice right away.
â€¢ A 300 page transcript of the entire class. This is essentially an enormous how-to-blog bible!
â€¢ 24 pages of action-packed worksheets and activities to help you implement everything youâ€™ve learned.
â€¢ A massive list of resources which includes every single book, tool, website and professional we personally recommend. They’re hyperlinked so you can just click and go!
â€¢ Lifetime access! You can login, watch, and re-watch the lessons as many times as you like.
â€¢ An insane amount of know-how and encouragement. You get the opportunity to learn from our mistakesâ€¦ And our successes, too!
â€¢ Access to our private Facebook community. The forum is full of 300+ helpful, supportive bloggers and entrepreneurs.
We’ve also added some special bonuses:
â€¢ A pre-course worksheet for you to fill in before you start the lessons. Weighing in at 14 pages, this will allow you to get a firm fix on where you are right now and where you can improve.
â€¢ A 22 page Blogging Business Plan! You can use this as a roadmap to chart exactly where you want to go, and how to get there!
â€¢ A pack of inspirational wallpapers. These are perfect for printing out and hanging by your desk, or for using as your computer or phone background.
Are you ready to take charge of your blog while learning from the comfort of home? Simply scroll down to the bottom of this page and use the discount code happybirthday when checking out.
The fine print: Discount code is valid until 8am GMT on April 8th and will take 50% off the full price of the online course. The code does not work if you opt to pay via installments. The discount is not retroactive against past purchases.
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