School of Rock (n Roll Bride): A Review

Last Friday was my first School of Rock (n Roll Bride), organised by Cherry Sorbet. I was asked if I’d take part in their Cyber Savvy series and host a workshop all about blogging. So, still slightly full of flu, I got myself to the gorgeous Drink, Shop & Do in Kings Cross with photographer Shell de Mar in tow to document the event for me.

I’ll be honest I was seriously nervous beforehand (the thought of public speaking brings me out in cold sweats), but I needn’t have been. The 20 attendees were all gorgeous and wonderful and lovely. It was just like hanging out and chatting with a big bunch of mates over tea and cake. I loved it!

I’ve also realised that I talk with my hands a lot. I’m surprised I didn’t smack anyone in the face…

The workshop is primarily aimed at people who want to blog as a business (i.e. how to have a blog that is your sole income) however we had attendees at this one who wanted to blog to support another business (i.e wedding photographers/stationers/designers) as well as some who just wanted to blog for fun!

The topics covered included how I got started as a wedding blogger, finding your voice, being yourself & knowing what to blog about, building readership, leveraging social media, keeping on top of your workload and creating a schedule, image use and copyright, building a brand, making money & taking on advertisers and dealing with the not so nice bits…

As you can see it was quite a lot to pack into a two hour workshop but we managed it! All the attendees asked some great questions and I hope they all left feeling as inspired as I did after chatting to them all.

Some tweets and feedback from the attendees:

@biffyarespiffy “I was tickled pink (literally!) to meet Rock n Roll Bride and all the other lurvly workshoppers yesterday…the room was bursting with inspiration! I’ve definitely got my writing-mojo back”

@shelldemar “I know I talk to Rock n Roll Bride pretty much everyday but I was genuinely inspired by her talk today. Love you missus you did so well!”

Claire Jackson (via facebook) “You saying how you felt when you met Gala Darling was like me meeting you Kat…I was totally in awe, so apologies if I seemed…errmm…flustered at any point. You’re just a normal, lovely down to earth gal like the rest of us tho so there was absolutely no need to be nervous!”

Charlie Loves Lucy via email “I just wanted to email to say a massive thank you! I just got in from School of Rock (n Roll Bride) and you were brilliant. Wise, funny, lovely and best of all very honest. I’ve come away with much more of a sense of direction as to how I should go about deciding what to post on my little site’s blog, as well as more consideration of the feel I’d like to put across.”

Awww! Thank you all of you. Now stop it, you’ll give me a big head!

The December School of Rock (n Roll Bride) is sold out but fret not, Gareth & I have been scheming and dreaming up plans for expanding the workshops for 2012…and maybe even doing a mini UK tour (!) We don’t have anything concrete in place yet but be rest assured doing more of these events is one of my 2012 goals!

I’d love to know where you think I should take this little tour and if you’d be interesting in attending a School of Rock (n Roll Bride). Let me know in the comments that this isn’t a totally cray cray idea would ya? If we did take the workshop nationwide I might need help finding venues and stuff… if any of you fancy hooking me up then drop me an email. Let’s make this happen!

Thanks to Jo for organising this first event and to Shell for taking the photos! I love how smiley everyone is…that’s a good sign huh?

Photography Credit: Shell de Mar Photography

69 comments

  1. Post author

    Aww thanks Jasmine! I have to say you were mentioned a number of times when I was talking about inspiration!

  2. I just love this idea. I spotted you chatting about it all on Twitter and my curiosity got the better of me! I like the idea of this inspirational workshop and may keep my eye out to attend something like this myself. Ok, I’m not a blogger but I do like writing little pieces about my wedding films and the wonderful couples I get to film! Good luck with your future Schools of Rock n Roll Bride! xx

  3. Thanks for a great workshop Kat! I recommend it to anyone thinking of signing up to the future ones. I’m not a wedding blogger but I still found everything Kat had to say really useful and inspiring! Was fab to meet such an interesting group of people too!
    xx

  4. Hi Kat, I have been following your blog for a while now. I am a wedding planner in Cannes on the French Riviera. My aim isn’t to become a full time blogger but I would love to attend any of your future workshops. I would be willing to make the trip over from France to London for it. Alternatively, do you offer one on one consultations by any chance? Don’t hesitate to drop me an email if you have time and I will explain what I have in mind. Warm regards, Kerry

  5. Just been reading about your fantastic workshop! Sounds fabulous :) I would love to attend a future session. I’m a Northern girl so Manchester, Leeds or Nottingham works for me, but I never turn down an excuse for a good old trip to the Big City of London! Would love to learn more about your 2012 dates. Congrats again xx

  6. Angi Dixon

    Hiya Kat

    My name is Angi, I live in the west of Ireland and your blog is a constant source of inspiration, creativity and ingenuity! and (gala of course!)

    I set up my own vintage events business this year (in one of irelands worst economic times!) but Pfff to all that i say!

    is there any way atall i could do your blogging course on line? or get the handouts from your class for a fee? This would be very much appreciated!

    from a budding blogger who has finally found the courage to let the bud bloom!

    All hail vivaciousness
    Angi x

  7. I find your blogs so mindblowingly cool and would give little finger (or money/cake/bribes) for some of your insights. Based in Bristol, I make and sell bikinis that change colour when wet. I produce everything in uk, which is really important to us but struggle getting press and socail network numbers up. So, going into 2012, want to turn my blogs into a feature. I also have a photo studio to ush – different audience but still needs to be as exciting!!

    Come to Bristol!! We r jolly nice, if M4 too far, I would love to join any London workshops

    Big love for 2012, have enjoyed reading your work all year xx

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