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Join Us For the Final Blogcademy Live Classes and Get the Online Course FREE!

Nubby Twiglet | Join Us For the Final Blogcademy Live Classes and Get the Online Course FREE!

This September, we are wrapping up the current format of the live Blogcademy workshop. Since launching the class in 2012, there’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, we’ve collectively decided to refocus our energy, regroup and come up with something new. Change is good and it’s time to evolve.

Our final two classes will be as follows:

SAN FRANCISCO: September 12th – 13th
NEW YORK: September 19th – 20th

Nubby Twiglet | Join Us For the Final Blogcademy Live Classes and Get the Online Course FREE!

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.

You’ll receive Online after you’ve attended the in-person class meaning that if you weren’t able to take as many notes as you’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 we’ll send you course access after the live workshop.

Have questions? Email us anytime at headmistresses@theblogcademy.com and we’ll help you out.

See you in September!

Colorful Confetti Madness at The Blogcademy London!

Nubby Twiglet | Colorful Confetti Madness at The Blogcademy London

Oh, London. You deliver every single time.

This workshop was everything I could have hoped for — 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 — meeting 1,000 women from around the world filled up my world so much. With each class, we give it everything we’ve got and in return, get so much back. There’s a light that comes through when you meet someone face-to-face. That emotion and interaction is priceless.

Nubby Twiglet | Colorful Confetti Madness at The Blogcademy London

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.

Nubby Twiglet | Colorful Confetti Madness at The Blogcademy London

There’s always that feeling of nervousness and excitement that fills the empty room right before we fling open the doors.

Nubby Twiglet | Colorful Confetti Madness at The Blogcademy London

The goodie bags are packed, the decor is up, the music is pumping…and then it’s showtime.

On the topic of those goodie bags, they were filled with a mix of Momji dolls, Frilly Industries ‘Hello my blog is’ badges, Veronica Dearly desk pads, Anges de Sucre marshmallows, And Smile Studio jewelry, Crown and Glory ears and Oh Squirrel pencils. Our favorite? The ones that said, “Don’t be a dick.” Haha.

Nubby Twiglet | Colorful Confetti Madness at The Blogcademy London

“HIIIIIII! Remember us, your good ol’ friends from the internet?!!!”

Nubby Twiglet | Colorful Confetti Madness at The Blogcademy London

Colorful, geometric baubles? Yes, please. Bespoke Bride definitely knows the way to our hearts.

Nubby Twiglet | Colorful Confetti Madness at The Blogcademy London

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 — 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.

Nubby Twiglet | Colorful Confetti Madness at The Blogcademy London

You see that sly smile? She knows that goodie bag is off the hook!

Nubby Twiglet | Colorful Confetti Madness at The Blogcademy London

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.

Nubby Twiglet | Colorful Confetti Madness at The Blogcademy London

But then, we turn the tables. One by one, the blogcadettes introduce themselves and let’s just say that Reshmi won me over with her story of having a pet squirrel as a child….and her homemade marshmallows were an added bonus. Londoners, visit her shop immediately — just check out those craaaaazy cakes!

Nubby Twiglet | Colorful Confetti Madness at The Blogcademy London

Nubby Twiglet | Colorful Confetti Madness at The Blogcademy London

Color for daaaays. LOVE.

Nubby Twiglet | Colorful Confetti Madness at The Blogcademy London

Two pineapples are better than one!

Nubby Twiglet | Colorful Confetti Madness at The Blogcademy London

A class just isn’t complete without a few of these moments. Just keep laughing like no one’s watching!

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Sneaker wedges are the teaching shoes of choice when you’re standing all day!

Nubby Twiglet | Colorful Confetti Madness at The Blogcademy London

The ghost of Michael Jackson?!

Nubby Twiglet | Colorful Confetti Madness at The Blogcademy London

Kat and I always team up for the still life activity and it starts out on-task….

Nubby Twiglet | Colorful Confetti Madness at The Blogcademy London

…but usually ends up like this.

Nubby Twiglet | Colorful Confetti Madness at The Blogcademy London

Nubby Twiglet | Colorful Confetti Madness at The Blogcademy London

When it came to still lifes, this class nailed it big time! They left with plenty of ideas of how to personalize their photos.

Nubby Twiglet | Colorful Confetti Madness at The Blogcademy London

By the end of the second day, it was time to push the weirdness to the next level.

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Our class was totally into these rad Veronica Dearly planners which are perfect for keeping an editorial calendar.

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Having this much fun should be illegal.

Nubby Twiglet | Colorful Confetti Madness at The Blogcademy London

This class photo cracks me up. We’re half excited and half scared from the deafening sound of confetti cannons!

Nubby Twiglet | Colorful Confetti Madness at The Blogcademy London

Kissing a pineapple? Totally cool with us!

Nubby Twiglet | Colorful Confetti Madness at The Blogcademy London

Death by confetti cannon.

Nubby Twiglet | Colorful Confetti Madness at The Blogcademy London

I wasn’t the only victim.

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No class is complete without a jumping photo!

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Thanks for joining me on this walk down a very confetti-filled memory lane.

We have two more classes in the U.S. this year and that’s it! If you want to join in the fun at one of our live events and learn all about blogging, this is your last chance.

We’re teaching in San Francisco on September 12th-13th and in New York City on September 19th-20th. Grab a ticket here and we’ll see you in class!


Venue: Curtain Road Studios.
Video: Long Haul Films.
Photos: Sarah Kuszelewicz.
Decor: Bespoke Bride.
Special thanks to: Sophie and Jessica for helping us out!

Let’s Party! A Colorful Explosion of Fun and Learning at Blogcademy Auckland.

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Auckland

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 — 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.

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Auckland

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Auckland

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Auckland

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.

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Auckland

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Auckland

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.

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Auckland

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Auckland

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Auckland

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Auckland

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.

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Auckland

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.

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Auckland

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Auckland

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Auckland

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?

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Auckland

Smiles! Palm Trees! Confetti!

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Auckland

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.

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Auckland

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.

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Auckland

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!


Photos: Bubblerock.
Venue: Biz Dojo.
Decor: Wink.

Party Time, Excellent: Save 50% Off Blogcademy Online For One Day Only!

Nubby Twiglet | Save 50% Off Blogcademy Online For One Day Only!

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:

• 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.

• A 300 page transcript of the entire class. This is essentially an enormous how-to-blog bible!

• 24 pages of action-packed worksheets and activities to help you implement everything you’ve learned.

• 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!

• Lifetime access! You can login, watch, and re-watch the lessons as many times as you like.

• An insane amount of know-how and encouragement. You get the opportunity to learn from our mistakes… And our successes, too!

• Access to our private Facebook community. The forum is full of 300+ helpful, supportive bloggers and entrepreneurs.

We’ve also added some special bonuses:

• 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.

• 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!

• 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.

Nubby Twiglet | Save 50% Off Blogcademy Online For One Day Only!

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.

If you have any questions before you buy, feel free to send us a tweet!

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.


Photos: Made U Look Photography.

Sharpen Up Your Blogging Skills With The Blogcademy Home School Half Price Sale!

Nubby Twiglet | Sharpen Up Your Blogging Skills With The Blogcademy Home School Half Price Sale!

Spring has sprung and it’s time to clean out our digital closets. Over at The Blogcademy, we’ve been hard at work behind the scenes, crafting exciting offerings to help you take your online businesses and blogs to the next level. The time has come to clear out some older products to make space for the new!

As of this Sunday, March 29th, The Blogcademy Home School will be going away for good. If you’re not familiar with Home School, these short and sweet information-packed modules each feature a video and PDF worksheets to help you learn new skills fast.

Nubby Twiglet | Sharpen Up Your Blogging Skills With The Blogcademy Home School Half Price Sale!

To send these mini lessons off in style, we’re offering 50% off! Want some of your own? The topics covered in Home School include media kits for bloggerscreating an about pagedoing a blog brand audithow brands can work with bloggershow bloggers can work with brandsPR and marketingmaking money through advertisingcreating killer contentPinterest for bloggersdealing with negativitystill life 101how to set your rates and building your audience.

If you’re looking for a way to improve your blogging and business knowledge on a budget, here’s your chance! Even though the videos will not available to buy after Sunday, you will still be able to watch and re-watch them via your own private login after that date.

Here’s What Others Have To Say About Home School:

Nubby Twiglet | Sharpen Up Your Blogging Skills With The Blogcademy Home School Half Price Sale!

Nubby Twiglet | Sharpen Up Your Blogging Skills With The Blogcademy Home School Half Price Sale!

To claim the offer, just use the code springfling at the checkout (the deal is not retroactive — sorry!) to get the individual modules at a just $10 each. This is your last chance to give Home School a try — after Sunday, March 29th it will be gone FOREVER. And as for what we have up our sleeves next, stay tuned to learn about an exciting new in-person course AND a digital course that will both launch in the coming months.

Nubby Twiglet | Sharpen Up Your Blogging Skills With The Blogcademy Home School Half Price Sale!

Thanks as always for your support! Spring cleaning, even if it’s of the digital variety sure feels GOOD.

Sunshine, Surf and Smiles at Blogcademy Sydney!

Nubby Twiglet | Sunshine, Surf and Smiles at Blogcademy Sydney!

You know that sentiment about how good things are worth the wait? Well, that’s exactly how I felt about our Sydney Blogcademy class. We’d been wanting to take the workshop to Sydney since the very beginning but the scheduling never quite panned out. This time around, we were pumped to finally have the opportunity.

We kicked off class at the beautiful Studio Neon in Surrey Hills after a delicious breakfast each morning at Orto Trading Co. (Australia, you truly have some of the best cafes).

Nubby Twiglet | Sunshine, Surf and Smiles at Blogcademy Sydney!

Nubby Twiglet | Sunshine, Surf and Smiles at Blogcademy Sydney!

Because we’d never taught in Sydney before, we had no idea what to expect but the class was off the hook from the moment we said our hellos. As usual, our group was quite eclectic and as you know, variety is the spice of life! In attendance, we had two men (a record?!), five energy healers, a handful of pregnant women, professional athletes….you name it. And of course, the more varied the mix of folks, the better the stories!

Nubby Twiglet | Sunshine, Surf and Smiles at Blogcademy Sydney!

Nubby Twiglet | Sunshine, Surf and Smiles at Blogcademy Sydney!

With bright colors swirling around coupled with smiles radiating from every corner, our Sydney group turned on the charm big time.

Nubby Twiglet | Sunshine, Surf and Smiles at Blogcademy Sydney!

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Note-taking in our class is no joke — when we recently boiled down our two day workshop into a transcript for Blogcademy Online, it clocked in at 60,000 words. That’s a whole lot of info jammed into 18 sections!

Nubby Twiglet | Sunshine, Surf and Smiles at Blogcademy Sydney!

Nubby Twiglet | Sunshine, Surf and Smiles at Blogcademy Sydney!

The majority of women who join us in class already have thriving outside businesses and careers but are ready to transition into running their own businesses. There’s a point most of us reach where the money and recognition isn’t enough — personal satisfaction takes precedent. Learning how to sell your expertise, services and products online in a non-sleazy way opens so many doors to success on your own terms.

Nubby Twiglet | Sunshine, Surf and Smiles at Blogcademy Sydney!

I’m always happy when we get to the second half of day two and get to put our still life skills into practice. In every day life, most of us feel the push towards selling, promoting and building in our careers — rarely do we get the opportunity to just be creative for creativity’s sake. Our still life activity is that chance — creativity is a muscle that needs to be exercised like everything else!

Nubby Twiglet | Sunshine, Surf and Smiles at Blogcademy Sydney!

With the right tools and the mindset, it’s possible to carve out a career you love.

Sponsors

Nubby Twiglet | Sunshine, Surf and Smiles at Blogcademy Sydney!

We design a custom-branded tote for each class and this time, our attendees received greeting cards from Love Ideas Ink, branded colored pencils and mugs by Brand Me, Fizzy Bunting confetti, adorable tattoo transfers from Pepper Ink, Violent Maiden eyeshadows, Crown and Glory sparkly ears and Reeta Krishna’s awesome WordPress for Beginners book.

Class Photo

Nubby Twiglet | Sunshine, Surf and Smiles at Blogcademy Sydney!

Just look at this gorgeous group! Smiles for days!

Nubby Twiglet | Sunshine, Surf and Smiles at Blogcademy Sydney!

Join Us!

If you’d like to join us in-person (and get tons of personal feedback), please check out our upcoming dates here. If learning from the comfort of home is more your style, our full workshop is now available online. Woohoo!


Photos: Janneke Storm.
Venue: Studio Neon.

Treat Yo’Self This Valentine’s Day!

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Valentines Day Special

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and what better day is there to treat yourself to something special? This is the perfect opportunity to show your blog and business some love!

The Blogcademy is offering a one time only $100.00 off discount for ALL of our 2015 in-person classes so if you’ve been thinking about joining us for a weekend of fun and learning, now is the time!

This discount is good for the following dates:

LOS ANGELES
February 28th & March 1st
The Jefferson

LONDON
June 13th & 14th
Curtain Road Studios

SAN FRANCISCO
September 12th & 13th
Venue TBC

NEW YORK CITY
September 19th & 20th
Venue TBC

MELBOURNE
December 5th & 6th
Venue TBC

SYDNEY
December 12th & 13th
Venue TBC

To claim your discount, head over to The Blogcademy and make sure to enter the code “blogyourdreams” when checking out. You must pay the full amount upfront for the discount to work (it’s not valid if you opt to pay via installments) and the discount ends on Wednesday, February 18th.

If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch. In-person classes are where the magic happens — between the one-on-one advice, like-minded energy in the room and the chance to make some awesome friends, it’s such a great opportunity to transform the way you view your business in just two days.

Hope to see you there! And Happy (early) Valentine’s Day!