A great blog doesn’t just happen.
It takes a lot of focus, learning and writing and a whole lot of patience – even when your background and professional career is in writing and content development. Every day I’m working hard to make The Good Groupie a great – and unique – music blog for the fellow music fans who read it.
I don’t read a lot of blogs, music or otherwise, with a thank you page…but it feels appropriate for me because like your favorite album of all time, this blog didn’t just happen on its own. I had a lot of help, support and guidance along the way to make The Good Groupie what it is today.
Here are the liner notes and thank yous for The Good Groupie:
When I first discovered The Blogcademy, I knew I had to go. A two-day blogging workshop led by three of the most notable bloggers out there? Yes please! Just a few months later a class in Austin was scheduled, and I grabbed a spot immediately.
Attending The Blogcademy was a turning point. Up until then, I was just a girl who was writing a blog for a hobby. Gala, Kat and Shauna showed me I could be doing so much more. My weekend with them was the exact kick start I needed to get serious about blogging. Their two-day wokshop flipped the switch on my ability to dream up and produce quality content. Without them, I’d probably still be languishing in half-ass blogger land. Thank you, Gala, Kat and Shauna, for everything you taught me.
Sarah Morgan’s Badass Babes E-Course & Blog Club
If The Blogcademy was my kick start to serious blogging, Sarah Morgan’s Badass Babes E-Course was my finishing school. As a recipient of a scholarship to her first course, Sarah helped me elevate my blog concept and content to the next level.
She also gave me all the nuts and bolts I needed to build thegoodgroupie.com from scratch. From tips and tricks on social media marketing and SEO to answering all my “how do I…?” CSS questions, Sarah is THE blogging rock star in my world. Without her Badass Babes E-Course and continued support in the Blog Club, I never would have moved The Good Groupie to being a self-hosted site. I cannot thank her enough for awarding me a scholarship, sharing her expertise and continuing to be a killer resource.
Quiet Company & Keeton Coffman
As a supporter of local music, I see a lot of bands from around Texas. Two I share frequently are Quiet Company and Keeton Coffman. Each time I see either live, I step back and think, “These guys are chasing their passion. They’re out there playing music, sharing their talent with others. If they can do it, I can do it too.”
I don’t think I’ve ever told them this, but they inspire me to write. They inspire me to chase my dream of someday publishing a book. They make it all seem so much more attainable because I’m essentially watching them do the same thing with their music. Without either to inspire me, I wouldn’t keep trying to make The Good Groupie better. (Thanks, guys.)
I affectionately call my readers good groupies, but these girls – Katie, Samantha, Lauren, Jenny and Melanie – are THE good groupies. They are my biggest cheerleaders, always encouraging me to do more and dream big when it comes to my writing. They let me endlessly bounce ideas off them, ask for their feedback and don’t get too annoyed when I play the quintessential blogger on our music trips and insist on taking (or re-taking) a trillion photos. Love you girls.
A blog is nothing without readers – especially readers who don’t just come back regularly but also engage with you on a personal level. From writing The Good Groupie, I have befriended so many amazing music fans who are just like me.
If you follow me on social media, have ever left a comment on a post, sent me an email or play along with #bestsongallweek each Friday…THANK YOU. Getting to write about music for fun and have people reading along is just about the coolest thing ever.
And finally, a few special thank yous to some lovely women who helped make my move to thegoodgroupie.com possible:
- Thank you to Amanda Guthrie, aka AJG Photography Etc., for all the GORGEOUS photos you see around here. I totally lucked out having a photographer who loves to play for a lifelong best friend.
- Thank you to Chrystina Noel for letting me pester her with questions about her own site and for her keen eye for detail, from blogging design to typos, as she helped me edit the content on my site…just because I asked. (I appreciate it more than you know, Chrystina.)
- And thank you to my mom, Tammy, who also helped me clean up my content before launching – nothing is better when you’re a writer than having a mother who will print out your blog, grab her red pen and go to town editing. (Just wait til I give you the book to edit, mom!)