I have always been a nerdy girl who loves to learn. I may not have always been a straight A student growing up (my forays into honors-level math solidified my place in the world as a writer), but learning more about this crazy world around me has always been an interest. And probably one of the reasons I started off my career in journalism. The chance to live someone else’s life for a story? Yes, please!
So when I got serious about blogging last year, I started searching for classes and online courses to further my knowledge. I read blogging articles off Pinterest like crazy. Last summer I even attended The Blogcademy’s class in Austin, which set me on the path towards what The Good Groupie has evolved into over the past 10 months.
And taking Sarah Morgan’s Badass Babes E-course solidified that journey – and my next steps as I prepare to make the jump to WordPress, among other things. If you follow me on Twitter, you’ve probably seen me mention our #badassbabes hangouts over the last few months, and today’s post will tell you a little bit more about what Chrystina, Amelia and I have been up to with Sarah since late February.
If you’re a fellow blogger, no matter what you write about, here are my three very simple reasons why you should need to check out Sarah’s next class later this summer:
From A to Z, Sarah will take you through every aspect of blogging you could possibly imagine. We kicked off the course defining and refining our blog’s focus and creating an ideal reader. From there we spent time talking about content ideas, social media tricks, what that bothersome SEO is all about, ideas for monetizing our little corners of the Internet and even got to ask every coding question we’d ever had.
And the best part was that we progressed through these in a way that made perfect sense. We started small, thinking just about our blog’s focus, then grew that to what our readers need. Every week was another step forward and a chance to rethink how we currently do things or dip our toes into unfamiliar waters. It was a ton of information, but it never felt overwhelming. By the end of the e-course, you will walk away feeling like there is nothing about blogging that you don’t know.
The problem with the blogging world is that it’s so vast and there are so many topics to talk about that there’s simply not enough time in one or two-day workshop to thoroughly discuss everything you could imagine AND have the time to apply any of those ideas to your blog. (And then ask questions when you get stuck!)
The number one reason I loved Sarah’s Badass Babes E-Course is because we were doing everything in real time. I could make changes to my blog, play with design ideas, sign up for affiliate programs and even tweak my SEO as we were discussing the topic and talking through different problems or ideas. (That meant when I got hung up trying to transfer my .net domain from one company to another, and accidentally took my entire blog offline, I had someone right there to tell me what do try so I could fix it.) I learn so much faster when I can take a hands-on approach and do what we’re talking about, not just scribble notes about it, and the Badass Babes E-Course definitely provides that.
Just before Sarah opened registration for her e-course, I ran across the concept of creating your own blogging tribe: a group of fellow bloggers who you can bounce ideas off of, ask for feedback and generally be friends with because you all understand #bloggerprobs. (Obsessions with Instagraming everything, Tweeting with hashtags to make your content searchable, spending your free time writing posts instead of making plans with friends…)
A blogging tribe is exactly what I found as a member of the Badass Babes. Chrystina and Amelia might write about topics completely different from my own (hostessing and astrology, respectively), but I now have a couple girls I can get feedback from, share ideas with and know I’m going to get honest answers from because they understand what it means to be a blogger. No matter what your interest, there’s nothing better than finding a community to share that love with. That’s exactly what the Bad Ass Babes gave me.
My Badass Results
I started my Badass Babes journey in February, and as a result I’ve seen my blog traffic grow by one-third on nearly every post. Using some of Sarah’s savvy tips, I grew my Twitter followers by more than 50 in just three months – pretty decent for a girl who was averaging that kind of growth in twice the time. My follower counts on the other social media sites I use have gone up as well, and I’ve finally figured out how to best use Pinterest for my blog. It’s amazing what a little bit of focus, time and hard work can do for your space on the Internet.
Be a Badass Babe
Enter your email and stay tuned to this page for when the next registration opens. (There’s also a more casual Blog Club option if you’re just wanting befriend some fellow bloggers – I’m there as well, so be sure to say hey.) Ready to sign up? Join the Blog Club or sign up for the E-Course right now. If you’re a blogger wanting to get serious about your site and expand your skills…this is the course for you.
And stay tuned – there’s a lot going on backstage at The Good Groupie right now, and you’re going to want to be front row for the show when it starts. It’s going to be a fun summer.
P.S. I didn’t get asked or told to write this. I wrote it because I wanted to and because this experience made that much of a difference in my blogging. So from one blogger to another…I hope you’ll check out this resource and the difference it can make for your own blog.
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