14 October 2013, 11:47
...You didn’t think we were going to stop, did you?! (You know better than that!)
After our last 2013 date next month, we will have taught 300 students on three continents. Our blogcadettes regularly tell us that attending The Blogcademy has changed their life, and it seems incredible to us that it could be possible to do that and have so much fun at the same time.
We are so psyched to hit the road in 2014, visit brand spanking new cities, meet badass babes, and have mind-blowing experiences. Yes!
Here’s our itinerary for 2014…
September 27th and 28th
October 4th and 5th
December 6th and 7th
Remember that some of our classes sell out within a day, so if you want to come along, hop to it, little bunny!
In each city, we’re looking for photographers and videographers to capture the excitement, as well as independent businesses to add treasures to our goodie bags! Get in touch!
Hope to see you next year,
30 September 2013, 12:27
London, you delight us every time. You are always the most eccentric, the most enthusiastic, and you make us laugh until we cry. We know you’ll turn it out. And of course, you did.
We’re always staggered by the amount of wonderful women we meet at The Blogcademy: it seems like they all come crawling out of the woodwork to descend upon class. What a blessing! What a babefest!
I mean, just look at these lovelies!
Lynsay won one of our scholarships and we’re so glad she could join us!
Holly Wood: best name ever.
Yes, everyone who comes to class has to wear the ears.
Loving the colours!
David papped me while I was giving Lydia some blog feedback!
Eating candy and giggling are essential activities.
Nicole is a gem.
Shell can always be counted on for colour and a killer smile!
Our sponsors killed it…
A goodie bag with a view! It was full to the brim…
Our blogcadettes clipped on a bit o’ bling with these gorgeous chevron teal bows by AlternateNormality.
There are no excuses for forgetting about social media with these tweet ceramic heart brooches by Love & Lovelier Ceramics!
Fifi was a star student, and she was pretty happy about her sparkly star necklace by Headfull of Feathers!
Halfway through the day, we had a visit from Old Fashioned Sweet Cart!
Perfectly on-brand tie-up scarves were supplied by Remixed by Jackie.
Shauna, Kat and I haven’t taken off our believe, faith, love and hope bracelets from Junk Jewels (and we suspect our blogcadettes haven’t, either).
The space was filled with intensely beautiful flower arrangements by Wildabout.
Our babes were delighted to receive a copy of Reeta Krishna’s WordPress For Beginners book… Now they’ll all be WordPress geniuses!
Curtain Road was decked out with brilliant signs, enormous picture-frames and gorgeous decor by Scene Setter.
This frame was a huge hit!
Ears were, as always, produced by one of our favourite companies, Crown and Glory (and you can even see the brains behind Crown and Glory, Sophie and Gareth, in the background!).
...And we had very colourful class photos.
And of course, we’re doing it all over again in a month’s time… Brisbane and Melbourne are 100% sold out, but we have a few spaces left in Auckland! We also give away a scholarship spot to each city, so be sure to submit yours on our Facebook page! (The deadline is Saturday the 5th of October for Brisbane, Wednesday the 9th of October for Melbourne, and Saturday the 12th of October for Auckland!) Come along and join the fun…
21 August 2013, 13:19
When we told people we were going to Texas in August, they all — understandably — looked at us like we were nuts. I would typically make a joke about how it was “all the work of our friend from Britain” who clearly “had NO IDEA”, but actually, I think Shauna and I have to take equal ownership of that brilliant decision!
I have to admit that when we first walked into VUKA, a kickass co-working space in Austin, we were a little intimidated. Clocking in at a whopping 3200 square feet — not counting the loft space or enormous backyard — we kinda wondered if this time we had finally overshot the mark. But as soon as our babes started strutting in, we realized that — just like all the others — the space would fill up quickly.
And fill up it did.
In they sauntered, one by one, two by two, and in little groups. On Friday night, during a stroll down South Congress, we were stopped by Becky, who was on her way to meet some of the other blogcadettes for dinner. If you’re planning on coming to a class, we definitely recommend meeting up with some other girls in your city beforehand! It’s so much fun to walk into a class full of familiar faces!
This was our first time setting up the room with tables. It was awesome, and gave it much more of a classroom vibe!
My friend Ed, who I met at Burning Man in 2006, was the perfect intern. (You can’t see it, but his shirt had glittery thread throughout.) And Jenna has the best smile!
We love to give out prizes at the end of class. Becky won 4 tickets to Austin City Limits!
Cupcakes, cookies and baked treats from Sugarmama’s Bakeshop were a massive hit!
We were obsessed with VUKA’s rustic warehouse aesthetic… Check out those amazing lampshades!
Our goodie bag was stuffed with (sparkly) treats: Handbag mirrors from The Aviary, an assortment of vegan soaps from Strawberry Hedgehog, Big Jon greeting cards, Zevia soda, rainbow glitter hair clips from GG’s Pin Up Couture, and sparkly ears from — who else?! — Crown and Glory. We were delighted to add Reeta Krishna’s completely brilliant Wordpress For Beginners book to the mix, too!
Plus, their custom tote bag featured a turquoise map of Texas with a big heart in the middle. Shauna really outdid herself!
Getting our learn on with Reeta’s fantastic book! We know it will so helpful for our blogcadettes!
Shauna freaked out over the perfectly-branded cookies from Patty at Fine Art Bakery! And Katie looks pretty happy about ‘em, too…
...I mean, can you blame them?!
Elizabeth’s dress was like a discoball come to life, and she is a sweetheart to boot. (We met in a bathroom two years ago!)
We decked out VUKA with Studio Mucci tassels, balls and goodies!
Brittany cracked me up. And Shauna was made for those stockings!
Kiriko is so adorable. I kinda love her. A bunch.
All three of us agreed that this was, hands down, our best class ever. The combination of the space, our comfort level with the material, and the enthusiasm level of our students conspired to make a magical weekend.
For our last US class of the year, it was a fab blowout. With babes from San Francisco, Washington DC, New York, Canada and all over the fair state of Texas, it was such a keen group of women and we appreciated them bringing their energy, A-game and dazzling smiles!
It was sad to say goodbye to these loons at the crack of dawn on Monday morning… But all is not lost. I’ll be reunited with them in five days! Europe, here we come!
We have a handful of seats left at our second London class, so if you’d like to join us, well… You know what to do!
Thank you so much to Jessica Monnich for the photos!
23 July 2013, 13:43
It seems like a million years ago that we had our first Blogcademy class… And since Kat, Shauna and I were all in town in June, we decided the time was right to throw a little reunion get-together!
The invitation read: You. Us. Lunch. Cocktails. Photobooths. (You know how we do!)
With a fistful of RSVPs, we booked a table for 25 at The Smith.
It ended up being two tables… But we’re not complaining!
Luna sat next to me, and I was secretly thrilled, because I think she is way awesome!
It was so cool to catch up with some of our previous students. We’re unbelievably proud of them. They have all made huge strides and changes since we saw them last, and some — like Latanya — have even made the leap to full-time blogging! I’m so impressed!
Over oversized salads and insane sandwiches, we talked about everything. From blogging to boyfriends, lipsticks to living arrangements, nothing was off limits… Just how I like it!
Cocktails at lunch: it’s the blogger’s way!
Angela and Juanita are such babes. Plus, it was Juanita’s birthday!
The thing I love most about our blogcadettes is how sweet and welcoming they are. Our lunch gathering was made up of a mix of babes from different classes, and even though some of them had never met before, by the end of the lunch, they were swapping information and getting real chummy!
At one point, a girl pointed to another blogcadette and told me, “I just hired her to redesign my blog!” Isn’t that so cool?!
We definitely have our own mini economy going, which is something I never imagined!
It’s just not a blogger shindig unless there are photobooth pictures…
I love these pictures hung up against subway tile.
From left to right: Latanya (old school!), Luna (who was in our Portland class!), Kat, Kristin (from the most recent NY class), Holly (also from the Portland class!), and me. We’re all eerily well colour-coordinated, don’t you think?
Hopefully next time, we won’t have to wait so long to see each other! So much love! And if you’re in NYC, you should definitely stop in at The Smith. They have the best photobooth in town!
Click click flash,
Photos by the brilliant June Cochran!
21 July 2013, 12:11
And now we’re even more thrilled, because — after selling out thirty Blogcademy seats — we’ve added a second class!
That means we’re teaching two British workshops back to back, on Thursday and Friday (the 5th and 6th of September), and Saturday and Sunday (the 7th and 8th of September). Sure, it’s a little nuts… But it’s worth it to meet DOUBLE the babes and have (at least!) DOUBLE the fun!
Okay, so now, if you were unable to attend the weekend class because you’re, say, a wedding photographer, or a frazzled mother, or a freelancer who booked into a weekend juggling workshop months ago, you have no excuses!
“The Blogcademy is fucking life-changing. I sold half of my wardrobe (no joke) in order to attend and I’d sell the other half and show up in nothing but my undies and black eyeliner ten times over: these women are legit. Their energy is through the roof. Their knowledge is powerful. Their commitment is palpable. And they will give you the necessary kick in the ass you need to own your identity, no matter how scary that might be. Between the sparkles, sea of hair colors, and resounding tribal spirit, I kept waiting for Jessie J to burst through the window on a Tarzan rope belting out ‘Just be true to who you are’. (I wouldn’t put it past these three. I believe them capable of anything). But all in all, whether you have to walk 500 miles, subsist on Ramen noodles for a month, or fly on a broomstick to get there…GO. Stop thinking about it. GO. I kid not when I say it will alter the course of your professional career and, by extension, your life.” (Madelin Adena Smith)
If you’re curious about what goes on during class, or even better, afterwards, check out our interviews with Veronica Varlow and Latanya Rene. These are two blogcadettes who are rocking the blogosphere in their own unique way! Jess Lively recently interviewed Shauna about how we design The Blogcademy with intention, too.
And remember: Austin is our last US date for the year. You don’t want to miss it. It will be magical to the max.
So excited! Can’t wait to see you!
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