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Blog Power e-course – Now Registering

March 16, 2016

Ok so last night, as I spoke before a bunch of mostly tech guys about my pretty, light and bright blog and my all-girl team and how I built my blog from nothing to something quite robust… I felt intimidated, a little nervous and well, quite a fish out of water. I wondered what they thought as I waxed on about my books and showed the pretty covers in my happy slide presentation. I wondered if I was cool enough to present along with others who were there to talk about virtual reality headsets, online insurance portals, travel websites, etc. But like a good girl, I played along and spoke about my work with joy because well, I love what I do. I enjoy spreading a little magic as often and as far as I can. When I throw seeds out there and someone grabs one, grows it, and becomes a successful entrepreneur based off of something I said, that’s my fuel forward. I’m proud of blogging but even more proud that after celebrating my TEN YEAR (!) blog anniversary in January, that I still have passion for this and so many readers popping by regularly to see what we have to show next on decor8. Thanks, guys. I’m honored, flattered, and extremely joyful that I can wake up each day and approach my work with a happy heart. Not all days are sunny, I have some rubbish ones like the rest of us, but all in all my career has made my life better than I had imagined it as a young girl dreaming of my future. I wish I could give everyone with big dreams the courage to go out and make them come true. That is why I started running e-courses exactly 7 years ago this month, to share everything I know, to motivate and to plant seeds of courage. I love to empower others to set their plans into action and to let people know that it is possible to get some, or even all, of what you want. But also the hard reality of it is this: IT IS NOT EASY or OVERNIGHT.

 

Blog Power e-course - Now Registering

After presenting last night, I stepped off stage to a mighty applause. Those guys respected me and were happy I shared my story. Afterwards, they told me so as I collected business cards from men who were so intrigued by my “self made” profession and, that I was a women, was even more interesting to them because the tech world is still largely made up of men. I ended up inspiring a group of people that I never thought I COULD inspire. I only thought fellow bloggers, mostly women, were curious…. But for the first time in many years of speaking about blogging publicly, I spoke before a group of people that I seriously thought would nod off as I spoke. It was quite the opposite. They smiled, they laughed at my corny jokes, they were pleased when I read the titles of my German books in my best German accent, some even whistled. How about that?

When I got home, I thought about the upcoming Blog Power e-course that we just opened for enrollment last night… And how I want to pull 1,000%, my absolute all, into this class like no class before it. I want to do video, more podcasts, try a webcast live, and really TALK to my students and interact in fresh new ways because I need this class as much as my students. Not only was last night a massive lightbulb moment – that people REALLY genuinely are still very interested in blogging, but they want to hear from the success stories and they like knowing that other people are out there making their dreams come true – it’s encouraging – it gives hope and at the end of the day, HOPE is the fire inside that keeps us going, gets us up in the morning, makes us reach a little higher towards the light. HOPE.

A LOT of bloggers are due a little hug right about now, a sign of hope along with a big kick in the pants to wake up and stop feeling so sad about blogging and to appreciate this platform now more than ever. Instagram keeps changing it’s game. Facebook is becomingly increasing more political, depressing, ad driven, a source for finding the depressing news, rants from friends, the next horrible problem… It’s all so bleh. The only things about Facebook that I really like are the Groups and the live videos that you can do if you are a special Facebook member with a blue check near your name. Those are gold and I love the live vids. Pinterest doesn’t really have my attention anymore. Periscope is interesting, but only when you are lucky enough to be awake at the same time as your favorite blogger who happens to be broadcasting live or you catch it before it’s deleted. Snapchat, well, okay that is fine but nothing you can look back on and say, “Look at when I did that!”.

Yet blogs remain.

And they remain the same. No one can come in and change our game (though big companies try) and no one can come in and take away our look and feel, our voice or buy our audience overnight. We run the show. In this sense, blogs are GOLD people. We are IN CONTROL.

It’s time for more blog power.

It’s time to recognize the value we STILL VERY MUCH HAVE as bloggers, as influencers, now more than ever because a blog is still a very powerful, personal, largely independent, massively popular platform. Why not ROCK the hell out of it?

That’s why I decided to title our next three week e-course, BLOG POWER. Because I’m still earning a living from blogging, as are many others, in fact I’m doing better than ever. I have a team of writers now that are doing beautiful work. My readership is growing. I’m seeing more page views now as people are starting to get a little bored again from the other places they’ve been hanging out… And I think that’s a sign that blogs still have clout, are still being read, and some are still very much alive, well and leading the pack.

Blog Power will be lead by me Holly Becker along with Holly Marder from Avenue Lifestyle who is a photographer, stylist and journalist working in the Netherlands, and Irene Hoofs from Bloesem Design which is a blog, a creative studio, shop and workshop and an online gazette. Irene is a real dynamo. We are all working mothers with young children, we all have blogs, and we all are working professionally with clients, on assignments, living as expats in foreign lands, and meeting the challenges of everyday life just like the rest of you.

We know the recipe of how to build an amazing company and earn money doing it, all from our blogs as the base, and we are going to explain how we do it.


Together, we’ll cover:

  • How to find your passions and identify your core skills
  • How to decide how you want to “look” online in two parts: For those new to social media and to all currently branded online looking to change things up.
  • Can you realistically do what you love for a living? We’ll break it down and explore this topic.
  • How do you generate an income when you don’t know what market rates are or even what your work is worth?
  • How to avoid discouragement when growth and engagement isn’t as expected, and then, what to do about it.
  • How to work alone successfully as a freelancer when you only have yourself to learn from and talk to all day…
  • How to stay focused and keep reinventing yourself when you think everyone is already covering what you want to do.
  • The hard stuff: the reality of working for yourself and how to overcome the hurdles and finding success
  • How to balance being a parent while also hoping to start (or keep) your business going
  • How to know which tools to sharpen to become better at what you do
  • Ways to keep your content strong and flowing
  • How to find great stories in everyday life (even if you don’t live in an exciting city!)
  • The future of blogging and social networking in general and what it means for us.
  • Tours of our studios and how we organize things for our small business

… And so much more!

We are hosting this online workshop for only $99 if you register by April 1. After that, the price will be slightly higher, so grab a seat at our special rate. For $99 you cannot afford to miss this class – because we are going to all work very hard with our students to deliver content that will leave you buzzing with motivation, excitement and energy for blogging for months later. It’s going to be a truly powerful three weeks and together, we’re going to show you how to grab hold of your blog power and take what you are doing online – blogging, Instagram, etc. to a whole new level. You don’t have to wonder how the pros are doing it. We’re going to tell you how in only three weeks.

REGISTER HERE.

We can’t wait to see you! #bloggingyourway #blogpower

(Photography: Irene Hoofs + Holly Marder)






14 Comments

  • Reply Tasha March 16, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    I’m inspired just reading this post! The course overview sounds very thorough. And so affordable!

  • Reply Ana March 16, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    I love what you said about all the social media platforms and blogs in comparison. It’s true, while all these sites are exciting at first, I haven’t enjoyed any of them as much and for as long as I have blogging. Even though I haven’t been consistent with it throughout the past almost 6 years that I have been doing it, it’s a way of personal expression that I find can’t be matched by any of the social media platforms. In fact, just this month, I have given myself permission to put more effort and dedication into it than I have until now, especially since I just launched my health coaching business just a couple of weeks ago, and it would be a great way to give potential clients an idea of who I really am besides a health coach.

    The Blog Power course looks interesting, and though I have already invested quite a bit (maybe too much?) in courses in the last few months, I am considering joining it in April.

    I hope you’re having a great day!

  • Reply Erin Andrews March 16, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    Just registered! Looking forward to it and the kick in the pants in might offer ; )

  • Reply Kristin March 16, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    I registered for the BLOG POWER course before reading this post, because I am in all of your courses since a few years, they mean a lot to me and even if (unfortunately) I don’t have much time for blogging because of running an own company in real life and raising four kids, I feel always empowered through your courses. Thank you so much for this!

    And reading this post touched me deeply because I am always impressed about HOW you work – with so much love and abandon and authenticity – and this becomes so clear in what you write here!

  • Reply Syed Abbas March 17, 2016 at 10:23 am

    Thanks for sharing Inspirational post.
    Gr8 thinking, I was never heard before this type of course.

  • Reply Jim Strong March 17, 2016 at 11:31 am

    I’m also want to starting blog and other online stuff that is why i’m also registering.

  • Reply erika mccarthy March 18, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    Hi Holly! This post was very inspiring – which is what I agree we all need a bit of now and then (inspiration)! … I’ve been looking over the course review since you posted about it a week ago on facebook – I took the Instagram Bootcamp course and loved it! I don’t have a blog… but am running my own business and need to up my social media game. I’m also a mom to a toddler – just about Aiden’s age so you know how busy things get! Lots of juggling going on but it keeps things interesting and fun. Without having a blog, can you provide some comment on whether this course will still be a good one for someone like me?

    • Reply Holly Becker March 19, 2016 at 9:57 am

      Erika – Absolutely yes, it’s a GREAT course, you will love it!

  • Reply Nina Helmsmüller March 18, 2016 at 11:37 pm

    Love this post Holly. They are more and more trying to diminish us on the social media platforms. To control and manipulate us. I do strongly believe that blogging has a big chance of coming back. I really adore your work and am curious to see which ways you are going to take

  • Reply Erika McCarthy March 19, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    Done and done – thanks Holly!

  • Reply Sacred & Profane Designs March 19, 2016 at 10:11 pm

    Blog power and BLOGGER power it is!!!

  • Reply Sheryl Slazak March 27, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    Hi Holly,

    I don’t have a blog (although it always seems to be a pipe dream of mine!) but this course sounds amazing. Do you think you will do another Instagram Bootcamp e course in the future? I have just recently set up an Instagram account just for interior styling/vignettes but due to juggling work whilst being a mum to a very lively little toddler and a big lack of confidence I just don’t seem to be getting very far with it! Do you think this course would help or would I need a blog to reap some rewards from it?
    I love your work and you are a huge inspiration so I hope that sometime in the future I can take part in one of your courses :)

  • Reply Stef March 30, 2016 at 1:16 am

    Hey Holly ! Congrats on your 10 Year blog anniversary ! I’m really looking forward to your new course. You got style !

  • Reply jimstrongrealtor September 28, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    Its a Great course

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