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A Sunday Kind of Love: Looking Forward

Seeing double? Photo nicked from Alexa Kent’s Instragram

On Friday Gareth & I packed up the car (again!) and drove down to Brighton (again!) for another School of Rock blogging workshop. The event was fabulous, my class were ace, and the whole thing left me with a warm n fuzzy feeling inside. As we drove away that night (slightly topped up with the celebratory after-workshop-wines – don’t worry Gareth was driving!) I turned to him and gushed away about how incredibly blessed I feel. Like, how is this my life? As someone who tentatively dipped her little toe into the blogosphere all those years ago, I can’t quite believe that people now line up to come and hear me speak about my journey. Like seriously… this is nutso. Even Darren Rowse of Problogger is singing my praises. Yeah no big deal or anything…

The ‘R’ keychains that the School of Rock students have taken home, made by the super fabulous Finest Imaginary

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The Power of Positivity: What’s the Nicest Thing That’s Been Said to you Recently?

Yesterday’s School of Rock was magical. We were a room full of girls (and er… Gareth – although I don’t think he minded at all!) chatting about business, blogging and everything in between. I left on a total high, feeling proud of the little space I was able to create and excited to have made a gaggle of new friends.

One of the topics at my workshops that always sparks the most debate and questions is that of dealing with online negativity. I don’t hold back when I’m asked about it. In fact I have very strong feelings on the matter and unashamedly honest about the whole thing.

But you know what, sometimes it’s so easy to focus on the bad things that happen and sweep the good stuff under the carpet. I mean, if I asked you what the last mean thing someone said to you was I’m sure you could recall it quickly, but if I asked about the last compliment or bit of praise you received, I bet it would be harder for you to remember right?

Which is why I’m a huge advocate for writing any positive messages down and saving any lovely emails or that tweets I get. In fact I have a whole folder on my computer where I stash all this loveliness. It’s the most positive, sparkly, rainbow-fueled folder of happiness ever! Then, when I’m having a down day, a quick read of a couple of those lovely things puts me right back on my positive track.

So today, I thought I’d share with you some of the lovely tweets I’ve received over the last few hours about yesterday’s School of Rock. I’m gonna keep riding that positive wave as long as I can!

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Brand New Date for the School of Rock Workshop: Brighton – SECOND DATE!

So this is an unusual turn of events! On Monday we launched the latest School of Rock event in Brighton. Within 2 minutes 2 spaces had sold… within 5 minutes 6 spaces had sold… within 11 minutes 9 spaces had sold… within an hour and 45 minutes we were sold out! HOLY CRAP YOU GUYS.

I’ve since had a huge number of people messaging and emailing me to ask if they could pleeease be put on a reserve list in case anybody pulls out. In fact so many of you have asked that that we’ve decided to take the illogical decision to host a second Brighton workshop the week after!

The drill will be as before. The event will be held at The Ginger Dog in Kemptown from 1.30-5.30pm on Friday 31st August. To read more about exactly what the course covers as well as to see more photos and a video from the last event, check out the previous blog post.

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Brand New Date for the School of Rock Workshop: Brighton!

It’s a huge cliché but I really have been truely blown away by the response to my School of Rock blogging workshops so far. Each event has sold out quicker than the last, with the most recent one being off the market within 8 hours! You guys really do know how to flatter me.

I know I keep saying this too, but the last event, at Curradine Barns in the West Midlands has got to have been my favourite yet. The venue was stunning, the group that attended were awesome and we even got fed an amazing 3 course meal (all made in house by their head chef) afterwards! Triple win!

I still get ridiculously nervous before each event and I always worry about getting my words out in the right order. I’ve got a secret to share… when I was about to start talking at this last event my mind literally went blank. Like… there was nothing there. NADDA. Somehow I managed to assemble some thoughts and get stuck in though. I hope no one noticed (although I’ve kinda given the game away now huh?)

I couldn’t do it without Gareth by my side. Not only to answer the techy questions that I suck at answering, but to pick up the slack when I start to babble (it happens!) Plus he pulls funny faces which amuses us all…

I don’t half make some funny faces myself when I’m talking though do I?! Emma said it’s because I’m ‘super involved and passionate’ about what I’m saying… I think it’s more likely that I’m just an over-expressive doof.

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Brand New Date for the School of Rock Workshop: West Midlands!

It’s that time again…time to announce a brand new School of Rock date and venue!

The next event will be taking place on Thursday 28th June 2012 at Curradine Barns in Shrawley, Worcestershire (about 50 minutes drive from Birmingham). The 4 hour workshop will be from 1.30pm-5.30pm (no early mornings thank you very much!) and afterwards you’re all invited to have food, drinks and more blogging chats with Gareth & me over a complementary meal being put on by the Curradine Barns team!

The workshop is all about the art of blogging. Most of the topics discussed will have relevance for anyone who has a blog, whether you’re wanting to be a professional blogger, someone who blogs to support their business (i.e. you’re a wedding photographer/stationer/caterer with a blog) or you just want to blog for fun! The course isn’t specifically aimed at people with wedding-related blogs although most of the examples (and secrets!) I share will probably be related to the wedding industry.

The course will cover the following topics:

♥ How I started Rock n Roll Bride and built readership (and tips on how you can do the same) ♥ Finding your own voice and showcasing your personality ♥ Knowing what to blog about and finding inspiration ♥ Leveraging social media ♥ How I turned my blog into a full time business, advertising and how to make money from your blog ♥ Branding and thinking about yourself as a brand ♥ How to get featured on professional wedding blogs ♥ Dealing with the not so nice bits of blogging ♥ Plenty of time for your questions…

Photography Credit: Laura Michelle Photography

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School of Rock Blogging Workshop at Muddifords Court, Devon

Photography Credit: My Fabulous Life

This week Gareth & I trotted off to Muddifords Court in Devon to host a School of Rock blogging workshop. As always I was super nervous on the drive down, but once we arrived and met Becky, Nicky & Pip my mind was put at ease. They were all so utterly lovely and made us feel extremely welcome!

Photography Credit: Laura Michelle Photography

My four hour presentation went super quickly and, if I do say so myself, pretty swimmingly. There were so many questions which always makes me happy, and the attendees were all smiling, scribbling notes and nodding along with what I was saying which is always a good sign I reckon!

Photography Credit: My Fabulous Life

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Reminder: Spaces Available for the Devon School of Rock!

Just a little note today in case you missed it last week, but I’ve announced my next School of Rock tour date! On Thursday 26th April Gareth & I will be heading to Muddifords Court, Devon in my bright pink tour bus (yeah..that’s a lie I don’t have a tour bus let alone a pink one…but maybe one day!) and I’d love to see you there.

The 4 hour workshop (1.30pm-5.30pm) is all about the art of blogging. Most of the topics discussed will have relevance for anyone who has a blog, whether you’re wanting to be a professional blogger, someone who blogs to support their business (i.e. you’re a wedding photographer/stationer/caterer with a blog) or you just want to blog for fun! The course isn’t specifically aimed at people with wedding-related blogs although most of the examples (and secrets!) I share will probably be related to the wedding industry.

The course will cover the following topics:

♥ How I started Rock n Roll Bride and built readership (and tips on how you can do the same)
♥ Finding your own voice and showcasing your personality
♥ Knowing what to blog about and finding inspiration
♥ Leveraging social media
♥ How I turned my blog into a full time business, advertising and how to make money from your blog
♥ Branding and thinking about yourself as a brand
♥ Dealing with the not so nice bits of blogging
♥ Plenty of time for your questions

Gareth is also on hand for any of the techy questions that I’m rubbish at answering!

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Thursday Treats – 22nd March 2012: School of Rock, 2nd Semester Date Announcement

Thank you to workshop attendee Corrine Hills of Motherhood Journeys for taking these photos!

Wow what a day yesterday was. Bright and early Gareth & I bundled into my car and headed up to Sheffield for my School of Rock (n Roll Bride) blogging workshop. The day was held at the amazing Chimney House. It was perfect for our intimate event (20 students in total) and Sally and her team made us feel very welcome.

All the students were girls which was lovely for me but poor Gareth was definitely picked on because of that! After my four hour presentation (don’t worry we had tea breaks) and a lengthy Q&A session we all trundled off to The Milestone for dinner and drinks and to get to know each other a little better.

I can’t even tell you how seriously nervous I was about talking, I’m certainly not a natural public speaker, but I’m so incredibly greatful to everyone that attendeed for making me feel so comfortable standing up there whittering on. Knowing nods & smiles, the sound of notes being scribbled and plenty of questions made me feel a whoooole lot better. You girls ROCK!

Taken by workshop attendee Sam of Timm Cleasby Photography. I love my new Shabby Apple dress. More on this company hitting the blog soon!

Wanna go back to school with me?

The next School of Rock blogging workshop will be taking place on Thursday April 26th at Muddifords Court, Devon. The course costs £99 and is limited to 20 students. More information on the course content can be found here. To reserve your spot click the Paypal button below! I look forward to seeing you there. WOOHOOO!

SOLD OUT

OK enough about me…on with some Thursday Treats after the JUMP!

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New Tour Date: School of Rock (n Roll Bride) – Sheffield

Today I’m a little bit over excited (and a big bit nervous) to announce the first 2012 School of Rock (n Roll Bride) workshop. On Wednesday March 21st, Gareth & I will be hopping on our tour bus and driving aaaalll the way up to Sheffield, and I hope that 20 of you would like to join us!

The 4 hour workshop (1.30pm-5.30pm) is being held at the fabulous Chimney House. From the feedback I received after the last two workshops, I’ve decided to make the classes longer and more interactive. There will plenty of time for questions and if you’d like us to, Gareth & I are more than happy to go through people’s blogs individually and give you some personal feedback.

The workshop is about blogging (duh), or more specifically how to craft and write your blog so it’s perfect for you. My aim is for the attendees to leave with practical tips on how to improve their blogs as well as a bit of inspirational OOMPH.

Most of the topics discussed will have relevance for anyone who has a blog, whether you’re wanting to be a professional blogger, someone who blogs to support their business (i.e. you’re a wedding photographer/stationer/caterer with a blog) or you just want to blog for fun! The course isn’t specifically aimed at people with wedding-related blogs although most of the examples (and secrets!) I share will probably be related to the wedding industry.

The course is broken into the following components:

1. How I started Rock n Roll Bride and built readership (and tips on how you can do the same)
2. Finding your own voice and showcasing your personality
3. Knowing what to blog about and finding inspiration
4. Leveraging social media
5. How I turned my blog into a full time business, advertising and how to make money from your blog
6. Branding and thinking about yourself as a brand
7. Dealing with the not so nice bits of blogging
8. Plenty of time for your questions

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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!

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