New Dates for The Blogcademy: Portland & LA!

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I am SO EXCITED about 2013, like SO SERIOUSLY EXCITED (can’t you tell!?) and I’m starting 2013 as I mean to go on with new date announcements for The Blogcademy. Now I know we haven’t even done our London workshops yet but, basically, we just couldn’t wait any longer…

At the end of March we’re heading to Shauna’s home town (I think many of you will have guessed that one!) of Portland, Oregon and the week after we’re zipping down to LA. In fact we’ll be in LA for my birthday which I’m also rather enthused about. I’m going to demand the girls take me to In-N-Out Burger for it!

As usual, we have just 30 spaces available for each date – and yes, yet again we’re running an early bird special for the first 48 hours (after that it will be $750) and a scholarship for both. You can enter this as before - posting your creative links on our facebook page. You have one month from today and don’t forget to make a note in your post of which location you’d like to attend!

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Business Bites: Raring to Go!

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Photography Credit: Connie Cupcake

Oh yes I am.

So much good stuff was posted online between Christmas and New Year relating to business lessons. I guess this is the time to be inspired for the most prosperous, exciting and utterly bloody awesome year to come!

Can’t wait, can’t wait!

♥ Molly Crabapple’s advice for young artists is a must read!
♥ 10 lessons for creatives from Lena Dunham
♥ Social media marketing explained in 61 words
Blog photo layout guides (these are awesome)
10 blogging resolutions for 2013
♥ Shauna really knows her stuff and I love reading about how and why she’s done a brand audit. She also explains why we now call her Shauna and not Nubby (which took some getting used to believe me!)
♥ At least 1 in 3 US couples last year found wedding suppliers on wedding blogs
♥ Are you tempted to do a 365 this year?
♥ How to have more creative ideas more often (I always get the best ideas when I’m in the bath!)
♥ 6 warning signs that your blog is deflating
♥ True professionals don’t fear amateurs
♥ Accepting the status quo, and worse, getting used to it – is a proven path to stagnation
♥ On finding inspiration

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Happy New Year!

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Photography Credit: Typography Served

Hurrah! A new year is upon us – full of infinite possibilities and exciting opportunities a-plenty! January is one of my favourite months of the year. Setting some goals, making some plans and generally getting over excited for the year ahead is one of my favourite things to do.

So once your hangover has subsided (how’s everyone feeling by the way!?) I’d encourage you to sit and write down some tangible goals for your business and/or your blog for the year ahead. Maybe you want to ramp up your readership, charge more for your services or start a new project? Remember to make your goals achievable and measurable so you can keep track of how you’re doing. So instead of saying “I want to earn more money”, think “I’d like to charge £100 extra per service by June”. That way, as you start to edge closer to your self-opposed deadline, you can see, without a shadow of a doubt, if you’re on the right track or not. If not – don’t worry – just change the goal posts a little. You – and only you – are in charge of your destiny after all!

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Business Bites: We’re all Still Alive Right?

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Photography Credit: Pastry Affair

I would imagine that most of you are winding down for Christmas today, and that if you haven’t knocked off already then today is probably your last day of work. HURRAH! But the internet has been awash with great business advice this week – I think everyone’s thinking about next year and how they’re going to make everything so much better!

Assuming the world hasn’t ended today (we’re all still here right?) let’s use this new age to make our 2013 plans. I’m personally so ready to forge into 2013 with renewed vigour!

♥ Is it time for you to stop dabbling and get serious?
♥ Previsualizing
♥ The blogger’s guide to cutting your losses
♥ Ridiculous is the new remarkable
♥ Gala’s been blogging for six years! Her post about it is hella inspiring. Get out there and do what makes you happy!
♥ 15 social media mistakes that are strangling your success
Most advice is bad advice
♥ Legal questions for photographers

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Achievements & Pride

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Another year draws to a close and it’s the perfect opportunity for some self-reflection. I love making plans and I’m so excited about what 2013 has in store for me – and you! – but I also love looking back and acknowledging some of the things I’ve achieved. It’s good for the soul.

I’d love for you to share some of the things you’re proud to have achieved in the last year and I’d also love to know what your goals are for the next 365 days… Go on, don’t be shy, I’ll start.

Thank you 2012 for…

♥ The Green Room, which we launched on January 3rd. This secondary section of the blog has been immensely fulfilling to work on and to see grow. Opening up my writing and my (sometimes weird) ideas to a whole new audience was the catalyst for a lot of the exciting opportunities that have come my way this year.

♥ The Blogcademy. Who would have thought that doing some small workshops around the UK and a little bit of guest speaking would have lead to such a life changing, career altering project!? I am immensely proud of what Gala, Shauna and I have done with it so far and I literally can’t wait to develop it even further in 2013! Working with those girls is amazing.

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Beat the Bullies

The week after anti bullying week, both my daughters experienced incidents of bullying at school. They are aged 7 and 4 and that Friday, we sat down at the kitchen table and discussed bullying and what we can do about it. Now they are both fairly feisty and have handled this situation well, but halfway through telling telling them ways I think they can stop this, I realised that actually they never will.

We were all looking at this as a playground issue and thinking that outside of school it doesn’t exist but of course, sadly it does. I can’t give them a magic formula that means they will never face this again because I know for a fact that they will. I am a grown up and it still happens to me. My friend Nikky who is very fabulous, very self assured and very successful in LA was there and said yes, thinking about it this also happens to her. There is a guy in her building trying to bully her right now. So I told my little girls that bullying is something that people will try to do to you your whole life and the only thing you can control is how you react to it.

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