Announcing 2015 Dates For The Blogcademy…..And Level 2!

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Blogging Workshop

As we begin to wrap up our classes for this year at The Blogcademy, we wanted to share our 2015 dates with you so you can start planning ahead for the new year. That’s not all, though — we’re also switching things up with an exciting new offering!

Alongside Level 1, which covers the nuts and bolts of blogging (and is a great place to start for beginners or anyone who wants to step up their online presence), we’ve just launched Level 2, a more specialized workshop dedicated to those of you who are determined to turn your blog into a legit business.

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Blogging Workshop

Level 1

We’ve taught Level 1 to over 600 women across three continents and our two days together are dedicated to understanding the blogging basics. We cover the essentials including how to create killer content, the sure-fire format for crafting a standout about page, the fundamentals of advertising, the basics of branding, suggestions on how to diversity your income and more. For bloggers, understanding these basics is a necessity but for some of you, running a blog as a business is your primary goal.

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Blogging Workshop

Level 2

Level 2 is dedicated to blogging for profit — it’s all about turning your blog into a business. In Level 2, we’ll cover how to set up your blog legally, how to find designers and developers that are a great fit, tips to manage day-to-day administration, what you need to know to hire great business help, how to figure out what to outsource, the keys to self-publishing and the types of digital products that really sell — along with the systems we recommend (and use!) to make them a reality. And, we’re also including a digest-style 40 page book that is packed with tips and cheat-sheets to make your transition as seamless as possible. We believe in not just talking the talk but also walking the walk — each of us runs a 6-figure business and can speak from experience about what has and hasn’t worked!

At the end of the second day, we’re opening the floor to you — you can either brainstorm business ideas with us or network with fellow blogcadettes. The choice is yours!


We’re bringing Level 2 to a handful of cities in 2015 (and all other dates are for Level 1):

2015 DATES

Los Angeles
February 25th & 26th

Los Angeles
LEVEL 2
February 28th & 29th

Austin
March 7th & 8th

London
June 13th & 14th

London
LEVEL 2
June 17th & 18th

San Francisco
September 15th & 16th

San Francisco
LEVEL 2
September 19th & 20th

New York
September 22nd & 23rd

New York
LEVEL 2
September 26th & 27th

Melbourne
December 1st & 2nd

Melbourne
LEVEL 2
December 5th & 6th

Sydney
December 9th & 10th


Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Blogging Workshop

If you’re not sure which workshop is a better fit for you, we’ve put together a chart of some of the basics to help you out. If you still need more information, we’ve got you covered — please check out our FAQ.

I’m looking forward to meeting even more of you in 2015…and teaching a new curriculum! Thanks for your continued support! -Shauna

Latest & Greatest #29: Succulents Paired With Unique Planters

Nubby Twiglet | Succulents Paired With Unique Planters

Have you mastered the art of caring for household plants? I haven’t! I’m totally guilty of having a black thumb — even ornamental grasses seem to die under my care. The ongoing issue is that I often travel for weeks at a time and naturally, when I get home, my plants are long gone. I’ve since turned to collecting succulents because most varieties need very little upkeep.

Nubby Twiglet | Succulents Paired With Unique Planters

To celebrate these new additions to my office, I picked up this great set of head planters. The boy sits one the far right of my desk while the girl sits on the far left. I have a bit of an obsession with white ceramic body parts so these are fitting right in!

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The funny thing is, I thought I’d finally solved my dying plant issue…but then Chubs came along! He hangs out with me in my office all day and guess what? Every time I turn around, he’s chomping down on my plants. And honestly, squirrels don’t take “no” very well. ;)


Your turn: Are there any new additions to your house or workspace that you’re excited about?

It’s A Jungle Out There: Our Weekend Inside A Plant-Filled Room at The Blogcademy Berlin!

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Berlin

Oh, Berlin. I’d been dreaming of visiting Germany ever since my parents brought me home my first pair of lederhosen in 1983. In high school, four years of German language classes only left me wanting more. So when we booked a Blogcademy Berlin workshop, I jumped for joy. When we arrived, it was everything I could have hoped for — the old buildings, new street art and curiously international mix of food tempted me to throw caution to the wind and spend the entire summer there.

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Berlin

We held our class at a very hip co-working space called Agora Collective. Tucked back on a stone walkway full of apple trees, the venue was full of dozens of oversized plants, whitewashed walls, huge windows and a very unique kitchen with rotating chefs. Germans are known for being industrious and our area featured a tree branch re-imagined as a floating coat rack. Basically, this building housed the coolest office on the planet.

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Berlin

We kicked off our class with a very international mix of ladies from Germany, Canada, South Africa, Belgium and Switzerland!

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Berlin

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Berlin

The plant situation in Agora was completely out of control…and I loved it!

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Berlin

One of the topics we repeatedly circle back around to is the myth of perfection. It has the potential to hold us back from what we really want to go after. We make a point of sharing how cringe-worthy our blogs were in the beginning because there’s nothing worse than thinking someone got from point A to point B overnight. It’s important to keep it real and provide you with a realistic outlook.

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Berlin

Sarah is so stylish! Her blog is fantastic, too — check it out!

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Berlin

Big smiles all around!

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Berlin

As usual, our still life activity was my favorite part of the day — it’s so interesting to see what our ladies gather up and how their compositions all come out so differently from one another. If you’re in need of some tips, we also offer a Home School module on the subject!

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Berlin

Stay inspired, stay curious and keep an open mind. Go out and live your life…and then blog about it. If you’re sitting at your desk waiting for your next brilliant blog post to come, chances are slim that it’s ever going to happen!

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Berlin

The easiest way to become the teacher’s pet? Hand-deliver gourmet chocolates from Switzerland!

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Berlin

I was so sad to say goodbye to this class.

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Berlin

Thanks to our Berlin sponsors for the lovely goodie bag mix: Tattoo transfers by Hello Harriet, WordPress for Beginners books by Reeta Krishna, sparkly ears by Crown and Glory, branded pens by Go Promotional, tattoo transfers by Pepper Ink Vintage, paper decor by Strange Case, no-snag hair ties by Mane Message and notebooks by Veronica Dearly .

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Berlin

The rest of our 2014 classes are nearly sold out but don’t fret, 2015 dates will be launching soon! Thanks for coming along with me on this Berlin adventure. I’ve been preparing a little travel guide (with tons of photos!) for later this week — stay tuned!


Venue: Agora Collective.
Photographer: Shell de Mar.

The Week In Pictures: 10.10.14 | Hello from Palm Springs, Washington, D.C. and New York!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

It’s good to be back home with Joey, Rocky and Chubs….but a lot happened in the last week. The most exciting part was getting to visit Washington, D.C. for the first time but it wasn’t quite so easy getting there. When you have multiple places on opposite sides of the country to be in a very short period of time and planes, rental cars and trains are involved, things are bound to go wrong!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

I left Palm Springs early Friday morning, bound for LA. As I was sitting at LAX, I noticed that my flight to Washington, D.C. was delayed by an hour…which was the exact layover I was supposed to have in the next city. There was no way I’d make it. In a panic, I booked a one-way ticket with a different airline right as my flight was boarding and raced over to that terminal. By the time I finally got to D.C. it was the middle of the night….and I had to teach at The Blogcademy the next day.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Lacking sleep, I was a little worried about how things would go but our class was so warm and welcoming. It couldn’t have gone any better — we had our youngest student ever (12 years old!) and a black pug named Harpo in attendance. The best!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Before class, our intern, Erica was extra gracious and showed us around Union Market and I couldn’t believe all the cool food booths and shops inside.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

We liked it so much that we went back another three times. A few personal favorites were Goshen for fresh juice, Peregrine Espresso for coffee and Salt & Sundry for a tightly curated selection of gifts.

I was bummed out that I didn’t have more time to explore D.C. but the small bits I did get to see left me wanting more. As soon as class ended, I boarded a train back to New York with Gala — another snag in my travel plans meant that I couldn’t fly straight home but I wasn’t going to argue with spending an extra day in my favorite city!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Ah. New York. I had just been in town the week before Palm Springs so it felt weird waking up there again. Unsure of what to do with the time, Gala and I just decided to go for it and spent the day without a real plan. I love that sense of spontaneity when traveling.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

We spent the morning walking around Soho and I really liked this facade for the new Stories store.

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Then, we walked along The Highline until we got to The Standard.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

I’d been to The Standard a bunch of times for On Top at Le Bain (a club night complete with a hot tub and disco ball on the dance floor) but never for lunch. Gala and I had tasty hibiscus-infused drinks and relaxed in the back patio area.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

After that, we headed over to the West Village and stopped into CuRious Candy, a mysterious and magnificent little sweets shop by designer Cynthia Rowley. I couldn’t get any clear photos so please do yourself a favor and click through to their website now. SO GOOD.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

No visit to New York is complete without a stop at Dean & DeLuca — I loved their fall-inspired displays.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

It’s always fun to discover new treats like this chocolate and also, raspberry lemonade.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

We also walked through the flower markets in Chelsea and I kind of fell hard for these faux lemons. After some time in Palm Springs, I was definitely tempted to buy a bundle!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

This last week was intense, exciting, nerve-wracking and full of new discoveries. I wouldn’t change a thing! But now it’s time to get back to reality and catch up on work. Have a great weekend, everyone!

Link Love: 10.9.14

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Nubby Twiglet | Link Love: Philippe Salomon

• 10 tips for Instagram overachievers is full of helpful apps, lighting and composition recommendations!

• I loved scrolling through Victoria’s guide to LA. There’s so many great, well-designed spots in this roundup.

• If you’re on the fence about growing your business bigger and it’s not sitting right with you, that’s okay! Bigger isn’t always better…for you or your clients.

• Never underestimate the power of networking. It really does have the ability to change your career.

• If you’ve ever wondered how to take a full screenshot of a website, not just what’s showing on your screen, this post can help!

• Embrace your creativity and try new things, even if it leads to falling flat on your face.

• A place that’s still on my must-see list is Marfa, Texas. Such a beautiful, otherworldly town.

• What makeup should you probably throw away?

• Designers, Breanna Rose has some fantastic advice for streamlining your process.

• Ready to redesign your site? Review this article of the top hidden costs of webs projects!

• OMG. Finally, cooking with a sense of humor! Check out Thug Kitchen. Because, well, cooking is definitely more fun with F-Bombs.

• We shared a lot of different creative resources at Designer Vaca this year and Becky Murphy has kindly rounded them all up!

• Blogging means something different to each of us. Cassie of The Veda House shares what blogging means to her.

• Don’t work for free or even cheap for rich people.

• I wish I could have experienced this supermarket completely made up of vending machines!


Photo: Philippe Salomon.
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Out & About #3: McMenamins Cornelius Pass Roadhouse

Nubby Twiglet | McMenamins Cornelius Pass Roadhouse

Nubby Twiglet | McMenamins Cornelius Pass Roadhouse

All I have to say is….how did I not know about this place until a few weeks ago?! Most Portlanders have been to at least one McMenamins property to eat, drink or spend the night and I’ve checked dozens off my list but the Cornelius Pass Roadhouse, tucked away in Hillsboro, had somehow escaped me.

Nubby Twiglet | McMenamins Cornelius Pass Roadhouse

Nubby Twiglet | McMenamins Cornelius Pass Roadhouse

Nubby Twiglet | McMenamins Cornelius Pass Roadhouse

Summed up on its website as a “former farmstead wonderland,” this six-acre property has buildings dating to the 1850s. I couldn’t help but feel like I was transported back at least a hundred years as I walked along the paths lined in twinkling lights that surround the various houses, sheds, a brewery and dining hall. Besides the parking lot full of modern-era cars, everything else felt frozen in time.

Nubby Twiglet | McMenamins Cornelius Pass Roadhouse

Nubby Twiglet | McMenamins Cornelius Pass Roadhouse

Nubby Twiglet | McMenamins Cornelius Pass Roadhouse

Nubby Twiglet | McMenamins Cornelius Pass Roadhouse

Nubby Twiglet | McMenamins Cornelius Pass Roadhouse

After spending a solid half hour stopping into the bars, peeking into the barn and obsessing over the attention to detail McMenamins is widely known for, I stopped into Imbrie Hall for dinner and drinks. The second I walked in, I felt as though I was at a summer camp like I saw in 1980s movies — the hall was only just built in 2001 but because it was constructed of reclaimed lumber, it feels completely authentic and in line with the rest of the buildings on the property.

Nubby Twiglet | McMenamins Cornelius Pass Roadhouse

Nubby Twiglet | McMenamins Cornelius Pass Roadhouse

Nubby Twiglet | McMenamins Cornelius Pass Roadhouse

I’d recommend visiting right before the sun sets — as you can see from these photos, there’s rows of picnic tables to sit at and take it all in. Since the Cornelius Pass Roadhouse is on the outskirts of the city, it’s a bit of a drive but so worth it. I’m already begging my dad to take me back!


Featured: McMenamins Cornelius Pass Roadhouse.
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