The Blogcademy 2015 & Introducing: Level 2!

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If you’ve been wondering when The Blogcademy‘s 2015 dates were going to be announced, then wonder no longer because I’m pleased as punch to be able to spill the beans today!

But that’s not all! One of the things many of our 600-odd students have told us after attending the workshop is how they wish there was an advanced class that they could come back to. They wanted to know more about the nitty gritty of running a blog or business full time, and they wanted us to let them in on the specific details of exactly what they need to do to make the big bucks!

Well, we’ve listened, and today I am overjoyed to announce that The Blogcademy Level 2 is ready and raring to go!

Introducing: The Blogcademy, Level 2!

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While we cover blog monetisation in Level 1 (it’s always one of the topics we receive the most questions about) the Level 2 class is where we’ll REALLY get down and dirty and discuss the very specific skills and tactics needed to make any blog, or business, profitable.

We’ll be sharing the key things you need to know when it comes to making a profit; from working with designers and developers, solidifying your brand and attracting your dream client, outsourcing, admin, accounting, dealing with email, producing and selling product (both physical and digital) and self-publishing.

Please note: this is not a workshop for beginners. There’s a lot you need to know before you can start making money with your blog (and it is not a get-rich-quick scheme!). While taking the Level 1 class first is not compulsory, we’d recommend it if you want to learn more of the foundation laying basics and best practices. While you’re welcome to jump right into Level 2, please ensure you have a solid knowledge of blogging basics first!

To find out more about both Level 1 and Level 2 classes, including what topics we’ll be covering, how much the classes cost, payment options, and answers to your most commonly asked questions, head to The Blogcademy FAQ page. If you still have queries after reading all that, feel free to drop us an email.

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The Dates

So here’s where Team Blogcademy is jetting off to next year. To book into any of these classes simply visit our Shop page! 

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A DIY Whovian Wedding: Lua & Pedro

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Being huge Doctor Who fans, Lua and Pedro knew as soon as they were engaged what their wedding theme would be. The celebration was held at Solar das Palmeiras in Rio de Janeiro.”

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“As we are both geeks and great fans of TV shows, we thought our wedding couldn’t be a regular wedding”, began the bride. “We had to choose something that would look like us. We chose the British TV show Doctor Who for our inspiration. With the help of Pinterest, we collected ideas of how to make our special night even more special. I tried to spend as much time as I could making props and decoration items we could use, and the result was awesome. People at the wedding couldn’t really tell it was a themed wedding, but everybody agreed it looked just like us. They said they felt as if they were celebrating at our own house.

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A Rock n Roll Blogiversary & Five Little Lessons for Aspiring Bloggers

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I don’t remember the exact date I started blogging. My first site got deleted in a moment of technical clumsiness sometime late in 2008, so my earliest posts are no longer on the internet. I’m actually rather pleased that my initial foray into writing about weddings is gone forever though because, man, that shit was embarrassingly bad! I do know that it was sometime during October 2007 that I registered my domain, which makes Rock n Roll Bride SEVEN years old this month and a relative dinosaur in the wedding blogging world!

While looking back is hilarious and mortifying in equal measure, it’s also a wonderful time capsule and a reminder of how far I’ve come. The (lack of) writing skill, the questionable photo choices, the terrible formatting and attempts at ‘branding’. But it’s all part of what got me to where I am today. Not having a clue, bumbling through, excitedly posting things at all hours of the day and night because I was just so damn enthusiastic about weddings!

While condensing everything I’ve discovered about blogging into one article would be impossible, here are five little lessons that I hope will inspire aspiring bloggers.

1. You have to be yourself

“Be yourself, everyone else is taken”. That overly quoted line by Oscar Wilde is a cliché for a reason. As with everything in life, you have to be yourself when it comes to blogging. Forget about trying to be the next whoever, be loud and proud and focus on being you!

People will love you for it. OK so some people might not, but screw them! Trying to be something you’re not is bloody exhausting, it’s much more fun to be unashamedly weird. Plus, the people who think like you do will powerfully connect with your blog because it speaks to them specifically. It’s much easier to write about things you genuinely like, and for people that feel the same way you do. Never try to be all things to all people, its a recipe for disaster.

2. Focus on your readers

Last week I was named Best Alternative Wedding Blog at the Wedding Blog Awards in London. In my unrehearsed, champagne-fuelled speech, I thanked the industry for embracing me, but most of all I wanted to have a massive gush about my readers. “Without them”, I said, “I’d be working in McDonalds”.

Without readers you don’t have a blog at all, so they should be your top priority. When you start to write something, always ask yourself if your readers will get something out of it. Is it helpful or entertaining (preferably both), or is it just something that’s promoting you?

If your content helps people they won’t be able to stop themselves coming back for more.

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A Corpse Bride Wedding: Steph & Lee

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With Halloween just a few weeks away, what could be a better wedding to share with you than Steph and Lee’s epic Corpse Bride inspired day!? You are going to LOVE this one!

They were married in Birmingham, with their ceremony at St Johns church and their reception at Hamstead Social Club. The church setting also offered the most perfect place for their spooky couple portraits – a graveyard!

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“Lee proposed in the pub where I work!” began the bride. “It was our first valentine’s day and we had been out for a posh meal and thought we’d pop in the pub for a few pints to end the night. When we got there, there was a duet singing, so after some dutch courage, Lee wandered over to the singers, snatched a mic (whilst they were mid song) drops to one knee and asked me to be his wife. Of course I said yes! That was six years ago and now we have our two daughters together. We have four gorgeous kids between us!”

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The Wedding Garter: Outdated Tradition or Sexy Addition to Your Wedding Day Look?

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Garters first came into fashion in the 1930s. Traditionally they were used to hold up stockings, and later as sneaky places for women to hide untoward things (like flasks of whiskey!) or small valuables, instead of carrying a purse. These days it’s more of an obscure wedding tradition, the removal and tossing of which allegedly symbolises the deflowering of the bride. Others prefer to believe in the superstition that taking a piece of the bride’s clothing will bring good luck.

Whatever your opinion on the polarising ‘garter toss’, wearing something beautiful, silky and a little bit sexy under your wedding dress is something that I love the idea of. While I had no clue why I should be wearing one myself (the thought to research said tradition obviously never occurred to me!) I wore a black silk one with a massive bow on it for my own wedding, ooh la la! Needless to say, Gareth approved.

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If you’re looking for a garter for your own wedding, then you should call off the search party because The Wedding Garter Co. are the place to get gartered-up! They pride themselves on their handmade and beautiful pieces made right here in the UK. They work in lace, silk and tulle and every single bead, crystal and pearl you see on their items has been sewn by hand in their workshop near Bath.

They sell their items direct to their customers via their own online boutique. The garters range from £45-£98, and include free delivery to the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the European Union!

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Retro Inspired London Golf Club Wedding: Ria & Nicky

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Two brides, two gorgeous dresses and two sides of bridesmaids! Ria and Nicky wanted a wedding that screamed ‘them’! That meant they threw caution to the wind, and tradition out of the window. “I’m friends with Nicky’s sister so we met on a few social occasions, such as parties, concerts and completing a London to Brighton race”, began Ria. “However we finally developed a fancy to each other when a group of us went to Proms in the Park in 2011. I was technically ‘straight’ at the point I met Nicky, so she had no idea I liked her! Since that night we have been inseparable and the rest as they say is history.”

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“We wanted our wedding to be relaxed, fun, entertaining and as non-wedding(ey) as possible”, she continued. “It sounds silly saying that, but just because we wanted to get married, didn’t mean we had to sign up to all the traditional and the usual expected activities at a wedding. We basically wanted a massive party with our family and friends where we could all have fun, relax and just enjoy the day.”

Both brides wore dresses; Ria in a long, white number and Nicky rocking a shorter, red one. “Nicky wanted to wear a non-traditional red wedding dress and I went more traditional”, Ria continued. “We also had 10 bridesmaids between us! Being two feminine ladies challenged how it would all work together, so we steered away from dressing everyone in just one colour. We felt it wouldn’t work and wasn’t really us. Instead, our bridesmaids all wore a vintage style swing dress in different colours. We didn’t want bouquets and so we all had fresh gerberas in our hair instead. Nicky carried a parasol that was her mum’s. She had it at her own wedding over 40 years ago!”

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