Many of you who follow me on Instagram or Twitter will know that I attended The Blogcademy last week. It’s a 2 day blogging workshop which covers everything about getting the most out of your blog. I wanted to go last year but couldn’t get the time off. So, when they released July dates last September, I was on it! I learnt so much on this course and got to meet lots of lovely ladies who I hope to see again soon! I did a post yesterday just showing random pictures I took at the course- you can see them here.
Here’s a few points that I learnt from the Blogcademy.
‘If it’s not a fuck yeah, then it’s a hell no!’- I love this quote by Gala Darling. Isn’t it so true how we end up doing ‘meh’ things in our lives? Often because we ‘have’ to or we don’t want to upset someone (someone who probably doesn’t give a damn anyway). This mantra is something that I will be applying not only to my blog but to my life too. This is MY time, and I’m done with doing ‘meh’ things. I’m not being arrogant, but making a choice to do something more exciting or you’re more passionate about shouldn’t be something you should feel guilty about- right?!
Blogging is a weird and wonderful world. I think it’s predominantly female based and it’s probably one of the very few places where the female species all get along, support and encourage each other. It’s so nice to be in a non bitchy, non catty environment! I hope it stays that way!
There’s no shame in having confidence. When I was growing up, my parents taught me to be modest- which I think is a good trait to have- that was until I went too far and just really didn’t think much of myself at all! In the blogging world you have to be confident and convey your personality because that is how others will remember you. I was really looking forward to The Blogcademy course, but I was really bricking it when I remembered that I’m going to be in a room for 2 days with complete strangers, with no bestie or husband to hold my hand. It really was like starting the first day of school again. I had to suck it up and throw myself into it- obviously I didn’t dance on the tables and get naked, but I was able to chat to and had Photo Booth fun with so many different ladies, and I really enjoyed it. This was pretty big for me, I’m quite a shy person, I know it’s probably hard to imagine someone having blog being shy, but this course gave me the opportunity to just get over it!
I LOVE FONTS & IT’S OK! I am not weird. I have a thing for fonts. YES. FONTS. I spend my spare time reading and researching fonts. What looks right, what looks crap, what the latest fonts are and where they can be best used. My husband thinks I’m weird, because every time we go out, I look at signs, menus, logos, and name the fonts. Or I’ll get really annoyed because people have used COMIC SANS for their business!-Font lovers will understand this! I have a Pinterest board for fonts and I laugh at font jokes. Strange? HELL NO! After day 1 of Blogcademy we all went for a drink, and I learnt that many of the ladies were JUST LIKE ME!- They too LOVED FONTS! I never understood why I was obsessed with fonts, until someone asked me WHY- it was then I realised it’s because fonts create an emotion. We read everywhere we go, we even read when we don’t mean to- you put a set of letters in front of our eyes and we will just read them. With everything we read there is a meaning or emotion attached to the way those letters are presented to us. This is why I LOVE FONTS.
It’s refreshing to be surrounded by creative humans. My job is science based so creativity is limited to some extent. It’s so fun to hear where someone’s blog is at the moment, where they hope it would go, how they’d like to rebrand and how they feel about where it’s at at the moment. It’s funny to hear that many other bloggers have the same thought processes as me, and it was so nice being able to discuss these issues together.
I have to set goals. Shit doesn’t magically happen. Essentially how am I supposed to get to a certain goal if I haven’t even set it in the first place?! I often fall into the trap where I have so many ideas swimming around in my head and try to get them all down, but in the end I get totally overwhelmed and become unproductive. Setting straightforward, realistic goals should prevent me from getting into this rut.
I cannot be afraid of being vulnerable. Putting yourself out there on a blog, displaying parts of your personal life can be daunting. For me, I was worried about people judging and people thinking that I’m ‘showing off’, when in fact, it’s really not the case. I don’t think you can write a lifestyle blog without it being personal- how else are the readers meant to connect with you? This blog will only have the positive bits of my life in it, simply because personally I can’t stand ranty blogs and I don’t want my blog to become one of those.
I learnt just how much I love blogging. There are people out here who just don’t get it- they either smirk, or laugh when I tell them I have a blog. That’s ok, I choose to ignore it. This is my thing, and I’m totally ok with people ‘not getting it’ or not even willing to understand it- it is their loss. For me, blogging has opened up a new outlet of creativity, I feel GREAT about it. Plus the bonus is meeting amazing, inspiring, kind, funny, and just downright bloody awesome people in the blogging world!
Wearing bunny ears is SO much fun! They’re now sat on my desk, calling out for me to wear them!
To get anywhere in life you have to work hard. Many see blogging as a hobby, others see it as a career. For me, I hope it will open up exciting opportunities, whether it’s meeting new creative minds, travelling, reviewing products, publishing a book, starting a business, the possibilities are endless, and that is what I LOVE about blogging. It can be whatever you want it to be, it’s YOUR house, do what you want with it and in it! I feel like I knew what the possibilities were, but The Blogcademy has shown me how I can make those possibilities a reality! So thank you so very much, Shauna, Gala & Kat!