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We’re SO Excited! The Blogcademy London – Second Date!

Oh my goodness. We’re so EXCITED!

Yes, that’s right, The Blogcademy in London sold out in just 24 hours and we couldn’t be more thrilled! In fact we’re so over the moon that we’ve decided to add a second London date! Waaaaah!

What utter nut jobs…

The third Blogcademy class will take place on Wednesday 23rd & Thursday 24th January 2013, again at the Curtain Road Studios, Shoreditch. The same rules apply so if you’d like to join us hop to it. No excuses for missing out now guys – hurry hurry!

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We’re Bringing The Blogcademy to… LONDON!!

Cor blimey guv’nor, it’s true! We’re off to London-town for the next instalment of The Blogcademy madness and we couldn’t be more excited!

It didn’t take much persuading, but I’ve coerced Gala & Shauna into hopping on a plane to do the next Blogcademy workshop on my turf. To say I’m excited is a HUGE understatement. Come on Britain, let’s show these international playgirls a good time! Shauna has never even been to the UK… I can’t wait to get that gal in a black cab, by a red phone box and eating fish n chips. Lisa & I managed to get her drinking tea in New York, it’s only a matter of time until she’s a fully fledged Anglophile!

Alongside 30 passionate bloggers, Gala, Shauna & I will spend the weekend covering anything and everything you could possibly want to know about blogging, social media, branding and running your own business. We promise learning, laughing, photo ops, sugary treats and homework assignments you’ll actually want to complete. As Blogcademy headmistresses we promise to be unshakably honest, to give away all our secrets and to be full of sparkle at all times (and, yes, probably wearing ridiculous headwear).

Whether you want to make blogging a full-time gig, you’re doing it to support another business or you’re just doing it for fun, this is the workshop for you. All we ask is that you have a basic understanding of social media and blogging (this is not a technical workshop – you can find that stuff out from a day of Googling) and if you’re ready to take your online presence to the next level – we’d love to help you!

Oh but that’s not all, for the second time I’m bringing wedding photographer of the year, Lisa Devlin, along for the ride. She’ll be there to teach you all some basic photography skills. I’ve even roped in my buddies Chris Barber & Richard Wakefield in to photograph and video the event for us. Basically this is going be one massive party so who wants to join us?!

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A Sunday Kind of Love: Lights! Camera! Action!

Don’t feel like you soaked up enough Blogcademy goodness already!? Well fret not my dear… we have some behind the scenes video action for you right now. Big love to Ben Vogel for following us around all weekend and making us feel all famous and stuff…

The next date & location will be announced on this here blog at 12pm (GMT) on Wednesday 14th November (that’s this Wednesday folks). Tickets will be on sale at a special discounted early bird price for the first 48 hours only. Now don’t say we haven’t warned you… set those alarms!

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Behind the Scenes at The Blogcademy

“I know this sounds crazy, but I really feel like The Blogcademy is going to be a massive game-changer for all three of us”, Gala said to Shauna & me the morning after the workshop, “and I really hate that phrase…”

But you know what, I think the girl might be onto something.

A heady mix of nerves, anticipation and excitement seeped through my trip to New York this month. Lisa & I had a few other things planned, but we knew our visit was concluding with the biggie. Organising this event was a labour of love and a project of passion – squillions of emails flew back and forth over the course of just a couple of short months while Gala, Shauna & I planned every last detail thousands of miles apart from each other.

A intensive weekend-long and strategy-based blogging workshop was something all three of us had dreamt about doing individually, but it was only when we realised we could do it together that the pieces of the puzzle started falling into place. We all have very different areas of interest and expertise surrounding the subject, and when we sat down and assessed what each of us could bring to an event like this it all just seemed to make sense.

 “It was hands down one of the best things I’ve done to move my ideas forward in a really long time. The BEST. I think I may have a choir of mojo about to sing hallelujah. It got me thinking about how we get our mojos to sing…” Maree Forbes

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The Blogcademy New York: A Quick Recap

I’m currently lying in bed in my East Village apartment (well, I wish it was mine!) with Nubby the day after the first ever Blogcademy. It’s 7am and we’re both bolt upright excitedly gabbing about the events of the past 48 hours. It was a weekend of magical, unexpected, positivity and excitable exhilaration. Loving, learning and inspiring each other – all in our own imitable fashion. I feel mentally exhausted and my feet hurt like hell but it’s oh such a good feeling. Our 30 attendees were just what we hoped & prayed for and more, and I honestly feel we’ve all made some new BFFs for life.

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The Blogcademy: New York City!

Isn’t it amazing when a plan comes together? In the weeks running up to today’s announcement I’ve been literally seconds away from tweeting my excitement and giving the whole game away. In fact anyone that knows me ‘in real life’ will be well aware about how rubbish I am at keeping secrets. Like… literally terrible. I actually don’t know why anyone would ever tell me anything because I’m the first person to accidentally say “OMG you will never guess what I just heard…”

Which is why it has been utter torture for me not to scream this from the rooftops I’M GOING TO NEW YORK AND DOING A TWO DAY BLOGGING WORKSHOP WITH GALA & NUBBY!!!!

Phew… that felt goooooooood. You’ll have to excuse me for being so damn uncool about it all…

Ever since launching the School of Rock blogging workshops I’ve been inundated with people asking if we might take it over the pond (American readers I love ya!) So when I was in NYC in May I spent many an evening chatting over the idea with Ms Darling. We started wondering if we could do something even bigger and better than School of Rock – to combine our years of blogging experience to create a truly one-stop blogging (work)shop. And Nubby… hell, Nubby is epically awesome with branding and graphic design (she designed my site and she created the Rock n Roll magazine in it’s entirety!) as well as being the perfect example of someone who successfully uses her blog to support her design business.

And so the idea was formed and The Blogcademy was born. We were to pull together a two day masterclass for bloggers, right in the heart of the most exciting city in the world. Covering anything and everything you could possibly want to know about blogging, branding and running your own business, this will be a weekend to remember. We promise truckloads of learning, laughing, photo ops, sugary treats and homework assignments you’ll actually want to complete. As Blogcademy headmistresses we promise to be unshakably honest, to give away all our secrets and to be full of sparkle at all times.

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