I’m a northern gal, and I have to admit – provincial as it sounds – that before this weekend, I’ve only been to London once before, for a trip to the British Museum with a group from my sixth form, so I was pretty nervous about making the journey alone. But I couldn’t have had a better time!
The Blogcademy is a two day workshop that covers all the juicy details of how to create and brand your blog and turn it into a successful business. It’s run by three blogging celebs: Kat Williams, Gala Darling and Shauna Haider, who are all super successful, lovely ladies.
I’ve been a big fan of Kat’s Rock n Roll Bride blog for two years, all through my wedding planning and beyond. Through her adventures I’ve been introduced to Gala and Shauna, so it was amazing to be in the same room as all that blogger power and inspiration. And I have to say – I love Shauna, she’s so sweet! Not to mention a talented designer who gave a really interesting talk about developing a brand, using both Rock n Roll Bride and The Blogcademy as case studies.
I was joined at the workshop by another 29 aspiring bloggers, from absolute beginners to those with established blogs and businesses. All were brimming with enthusiasm and excitement at meeting their blogging idols and learning how to take their websites to the next level.
I’ve been following the evolution of The Blogcademy brand for a few months now, ever since Kat announced that she was teaming up with her two buddies to bring this fantastic workshop to the masses. The first Blogcademy event took place in New York in October; I sighed over the photos and discovered a whole new network of interesting blogs, all the while wishing that I could have been there. So when the London workshop was announced, I almost burst with excitement and decided to go for it.
The two months since booking my place have been a whirlwind of getting to know the other girls via the secret ninja Facebook group and swooning over their blogs and Instagram feeds. In fact, that has been one of the best parts of The Blogcademy experience and one of the reasons why you should definitely sign up if you’re a blog lover like me.
The Facebook group has allowed us to build up a really strong and inspiring network of bloggers who all have similar aspirations and are always happy to offer help and advice. Hopefully, we can all keep in touch and watch as our respective brands grow.
Attending The Blogcademy has given me plenty of tips on improving my blog and how I might one day (fingers crossed) make a living from it. Over the next few weeks I’ll be thumbing through my notes, taking stock and exploring some of the ideas.
But this weekend has been so much more than a blogging workshop; for me, it was a real adventure! Plus, being a small part of The Blogcademy journey has been a pretty special experience.
Not to mention the adorable goodie bags!