The Blogcademy New York On Film!

Yes, I’m still talkin’ about The Blogcademy over here because we just got the final edit of our New York workshop video back from the amazing Ben Vogel and are totally over the moon with how it turned out! It’s one thing to write about what happened and show you photos but actually seeing it as it happened is even more awesome.

Tickets to our SECOND London date went on sale Friday and have been moving fast — get all the details here if you’d like to join us!

The Blogcademy London Part 2: We’re So Excited!

The Blogcademy 02 London

We’ve been so thrilled by the demand for Blogcademy London. Thank you so much to everyone who signed up! Since the first workshop sold out in just 24 hours, we’ve decided to add a second date! The next Blogcademy class will take place on Wednesday, January 23rd & Thursday, January 24th, 2013, again at the Curtain Road Studios in Shoreditch.

The same rules apply so if you’d like to join us please register here. And remember, we’re still offering a scholarship! We’re giving one place away (you can pick whichever date you’d prefer to attend).

Of course, we want to keep you entertained and you can blame Gala for this completely insane video. She sent us a script and well…can you tell that we’re excited?! Haha! Kat wins for best headgear. Rainbow unicorns unite!

Finally, we want to extend a huge thank you to everyone who has requested cities, retweeted our information and shared their Blogcademy experiences on their blogs and with friends. Without you, none of this would be possible. Thank you so much for joining us on this wild ride. We can’t wait to see you in London! It’s gonna be a blast.

The Week In Pictures: 11.16.12

Nubby Twiglet The Week In Pictures

Oh me oh my, what a week it’s been! On Wednesday morning, we launched The Blogcademy London and by the time I woke up on Thursday morning, it was all sold out! Unbelievable. We’re already hard at work sourcing goodie bag treats, ordering collateral and tightening up content to make this event extra special.

With Fall in full force, I’ve had the urge to make my house even more of a home. What I mean by that is adding more special touches, making things feel more cozy and generally more inviting. Since our house interior from the walls to the decor to the furniture is mostly black and white (surprise, surprise!) it can feel cold and austere so I’ve been adding touches of color to warm things up. This Pantone planter I found on Fab is my new favorite office addition. I also have stacks of books with colorful spines so I’ve been working those into decor as well.

Nubby Twiglet The Week In Pictures

A big chunk of my free time this week was spent getting Blogcademy graphics together. I’m in charge of all the visuals and we had a lot to get done for the London launch between Kat’s blog, Gala’s blog, my blog and the website. For the London event I wanted to keep the main elements of our visual center intact but add a fresh spin so I spent a few hours in Illustrator coming up with some updated lockups. This exploration phase is always my favorite part.

Nubby Twiglet The Week In Pictures

I didn’t get out much this week but still made time to get inspired through the stack of 50 or so magazines I have sitting around, sadly unread. I love this chalkboard wall treatment that I spotted in the September issue of Lucky Magazine. I want a wall like that! Have any of you used chalkboard paint? How do you like it?

Nubby Twiglet The Week In Pictures

Back on the book front, my computer always felt a little low but I never gave it much thought. Then when I was shuffling around my office this weekend I got on the books as decor kick again and raised things up. Such an improvement!

Nubby Twiglet The Week In Pictures

When The Blogcademy sold out, Gala had the idea that we should create a video to launch a second date. The thing is, I NEVER do videos. EVER. I was never into the idea of acting and I never took any drama classes in high school and well, it shows! Haha. I mispronounced Curtain Road Studios as Curtain Rod Studios and then Rocky kept pacing in and out of my office (check him out in the lower left!). Most of the time, I just came off sounding like a deranged robot. I know the pros always say that you should act like you’re talking to a friend but what happens when you’re home alone? Do you just come off as even more crazy? Ahh! All I can say is that I have major respect for all of you who regularly make videos — it’s so much harder than it looks! Any tips you can bestow?

Have a great weekend, everyone! I’m hoping to see family, drink a ton of spiced cider and cut my to-do list in half.

How about you? Any fun plans?

Link Love: 11.15.12

link love

link love

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• The New York Times tries to explain hashtags.

• How do you deal with those self-inflicted Facebook woes? Ignore, unsubscribe or just unplug for awhile?

• This is an odd collection but pretty amazing; over 12,000 old and new fruit papers!

• How do you determine your true path in life?

• When you have a team of people you rely on, incentives and thank you’s go a long way.

• The actual website for Dole/Kemp 1996 presidential campaign is still live!

• Creatives, how do you deal with tax deductions and working with an accountant?

• Erin Jang’s holiday card collection for Paperless post is way stylish. And way fun.

• Kurt Cobain’s handwritten list of his 50 top albums is insightful.

• If you want to get more wear out your wardrobe, this is an easy trick.

The Blogcademy 02: London, Here We Come!

The Blogcademy 02 London

With Blogcademy New York behind us, we’ve decided it’s well time to take this show on the road! Kat’s unrelenting enthusiasm coupled with many, many requests from our mailing list made it apparent that London should be our next stop and we couldn’t be more excited! Gala, Kat and I will be teaching at Curtain Road Studios in Shoreditch over January 19th and 20th, 2013 and hope that you can join us!

About The Blogcademy

The Blogcademy is a workshop where 30 enthusiastic bloggers are provided with guidance and encouragement combined with a hearty dose of strategy and branding insights that help them take their blogs to the next level. We spend the weekend covering anything and everything you could possibly want to know about blogging, social media, branding and running your own business. Everything is broken down into easily digestible sections and backed by a visual-packed presentation and plenty of Q&A time. A special workbook full of exclusive content that is only available to attendees is also included!

The Blogcademy 02 London

The Earlybird Special

Just in case you needed another incentive to join us in London, we’ve got an earlybird special and all the details you need are here! Please note that the special is first 48 hours only. After that the cost returns to £500. If you’d prefer to pay in smaller chunks, we have a super simple installment plan too. Payments are handled securely through PayPal but if you’d prefer to pay by bank transfer then email us for details.

The Scholarship

We’re offering one scholarship space for London! We want to be dazzled by your creativity! For a chance to win a spot, pull together a blog post and let us know why you think you should win. Use any format you’d like — draw a picture, make a video, create an animated gif, start a facebook campaign, get a tattoo (Kat’s idea)! Think big! Think bold! We can’t wait to see what you dream up! Publish your entry on your own blog and then simply post a link to it on our Facebook page by December 14th, 2012. The winner will be notified via email shortly after so be sure you have contact information somewhere obvious on your blog!


If you have any further questions, feel free to check out our FAQ or simply drop us an email. We can’t wait to see you in London!

The Blogcademy 02 London

Social Media Mods: 2 Epic Updates to Pinterest & Instagram

Pinterest Secret Boards

Being a big social media junkie, I caught wind of two exciting changes last week and in case you hadn’t heard about them, I wanted to share them with you!

The first is that Pinterest now offers secret boards. One of my biggest complaints in the past with Pinterest is that everything we pinned was public, and while that’s great for sharing our inspirations, it wasn’t an ideal solution for client-focused projects, gathering inspiration for gift giving or pinning away a secret obsession!

Now, when you log into your account, scroll down to the bottom of your profile and you’ll have three secret boards waiting for you. The pins you place within these boards won’t show up anywhere else, ever.

The second is that Instagram now has profile pages that are accessible online. Being a phone app, in the past I relied on third-party services to access my Instagram snaps but now, just go to and everything’s right there including your bio, profile photo and a quick overview of recent snaps right at the top.

If you’re on Pinterest and Instagram, let me know your user name in the comments! And feel free to follow me here and here.

Latest & Greatest #13: Poppin Office Supplies

Latest and Greatest

Being a self-proclaimed office supplies junkie, I took notice when I saw a feature on Poppin last year in Lucky magazine. At that time, the site hadn’t officially launched yet and I remember filling out a form that promised a free gift. Sure enough, a few weeks later a pack of shiny black pens and a handwritten note showed up in my mailbox. Nothing entices me like a handwritten note! Poppin has grown significantly since then, outfitting all the cool kids with their clean-lined, brightly hued products.

I’m a very visual person so I love the Design a Desk feature, which allows you to pick and choose your perfect color combinations for the must-have basics. And if you’re very particular about the palette of your office, this is your place because you can shop by color.

Poppin Office Supplies

Some of my desktop favorites: 01. Medium Spiral Notebook, 02. Stapler, 03. Ruler, 04. Pen Cup, 05. Signature Ballpoints, 06. Eco Calculator, 07. Tape Dispenser, 08. Map Tacks and 09. Inboxes.

I applaud companies like Poppin who strive to turn typically mundane items into an inspiring, colorful, well-designed experience and believe in giving back.

Poppin Office Supplies