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Confetti Explosions at The Blogcademy, Chicago

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A little known fact about me is that I was a huge nerd at school. I think people assume that I must have been one of the rebellious ones, hanging out behind bike sheds and bunking off classes, but actually, I was super well behaved. It wasn’t until I hit 15, discovered rock music and boys that didn’t resemble pre-pubescent gremlins, that I became a bit more of a wild child!

Since then, I’ve pretty much exclusively attracted a more rebellious crowd, and that isn’t just limited to brides that read my wedding content. At The Blogcademy workshops, seemingly wherever we were in the world, the girls in attendance definitely err on the alternative and quirky side.

So you can imagine my surprise when, in Chicago, we were met with the most well behaved class we’ve ever experienced! They actually threw us off a bit at first. They were so quiet and polite I started to worry that they weren’t having a good time. But, after getting to know them all on a one-to-one basis throughout the weekend, I soon came to realise that they weren’t that different to our usual crowd. They were one of the sweetest, kindest bunch of babes we’ve ever had. In actual fact they were a lot more like me than I first realised: eager to learn and just wanting to soak up everything and anything that they could during our time together.

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Many, many, many notes were taken (SO STUDIOUS!)

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Presenting: The Blogcademy Home School

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The Blogcademy started as an in-person workshop. Bursting into the world in October 2012, we hosted our inaugural class in New York City. But when we flung open those metaphorical turquoise doors, we really had no idea if it would take off. We actually joked the day before that if no-one booked in we’d just have an elaborate sleepover in the space we’d hired and the internet would never know a thing about it. Luckily for us that didn’t happen! Sixteen classes later and we’ve now taught over 400 amazing people all over the world.

It’s been an incredible ride so far but you ain’t seen nothin’ yet!

Ever since the launch we’ve been inundated with people asking if we would visit their town too… And as much as we would have loved to teach classes in every place that was requested, it is simply impossible. Each of us still have full-time careers, husbands, and demanding furry children to attend to! It also started to become very clear to us that not everyone who needed our help could afford to come to class, either because of the cost or they simply didn’t have the time.

And so came the idea for The Blogcademy Home School:

We wanted to create an online space that you could engage with any time, and keep learning from as often as you needed. We wanted to film videos so it felt like you were right there with us, and wouldn’t have to read a massive wall of text. We wanted to be able to update it regularly and add new content often. Most of all we wanted to make it accessible to everyone.

Home School is not simply an online version of the workshop, it is so much more than that. While the in-person class is an all-encompassing two-day blogging event, covering a massive range of subjects, Home School ‘Blog Boosters’ are bite-sized videos which cover one topic at a time. While some are taught in class, the majority are not!

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Big Blogcademy News..!

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It wasn’t all sun loungers and cocktails while I was in Palm Springs at the beginning of the year. While my fellow headmistresses and I may have pretended we were just there on an extravagant jolly, we actually went with a seriously big agenda… the results of which are (finally!) being launched tomorrow!!

The Blogcademy website has been given a facelift (pop by tomorrow to see it!) and we have some new and very, very exciting new offerings. By now I think most of you have probably guessed what kind of format it will take (the camera in the photo at the top of this post kinda gives it away right?) but nonetheless, The Blogcademy: Home School will be winging it’s way to a computer near you TOMORROW! To be the first to know as soon as we flip the switch, follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook!

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEK!

And because nothing is ever perfect first time, presenting: the bloopers reel!

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The Blogcademy, San Francisco

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The night before our first Blogcademy workshop of the year I turned to Gala and squealed “I AM SO EXCITED!” It had been nearly six months since our last class in Auckland and I was dying to get cracking again.

… And I wasn’t disappointed. I think this actually might have been one of the best classes ever!!

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The reason being that every single gorgeous creature that came along was enthusastic, driven, with a unique story to tell. Esme was a writer with some damn good style, Mariah passionately ran her organic skin care spa line (and had treats for everyone!), Erin was a sewing champion and Hannah paints her face everyday and posts photos on her blog!

Paula holds the world record for drawing Fred Flintstone (!) and blogs about fashion for the over 40s and Angela is a pastry connoisseur. I mean, goodness, what a diverse bunch ‘o babes!

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Goodbye San Francisco, Hello Chicago!

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Hello beautiful! This update comes to you from a very chilly Chicago, where I’m sat in my Air B&B digs with Gala and Shauna, hiding from the weather and planning our adventures in this brand new city.

Last weekend we taught out first Blogcademy workshop of the year in San Francisco. We had such an awesome time and I loved every single one of these girls who came to spend their weekend with us. Full report heading your way soon of course!

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Is The Blogcademy Coming to a Town Near You?

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I can hardly believe it, but in less than three short weeks I’ll be hopping back on a plane and heading over to the US to kick off the next leg of The Blogcademy‘s 2014 world tour!

I really can not wait to get back on the road and to be teaching again. It’s such a thrill to meet so many new people and to be doing it with two of my very best friends.

Our last class was almost six months ago (!!) which in retrospect was definitely too long of a break. I’ve missed it all so much. Here’s a little reminder about where and when The Blogcademy jet will be landing this year.

San Francisco
May 10th & 11th
Makeshift Society
SOLD OUT!

Chicago
May 17th & 18th
Enerspace Chicago

Vancouver
June 7th & 8th
Soundhouse Studios

Calgary
June 14th & 15th
The Commons Event Space

London
July 19th & 20rd
Curtain Road Studios
Almost sold out! 

London
July 22nd & 23rd
Curtain Road Studios
SOLD OUT!

Berlin
July 26th & 27th
Agora Collective

Amsterdam
August 2nd & 3rd
The Thinking Hut

New York
September 27th & 28th
RePopRoom

Washington DC
October 4th & 5th
Studio 52

Sydney
November 29th & 30th
Studio 2204
Almost sold out!  

Melbourne
December 3rd & 4th
The Establishment Studios
Almost sold out!  

Auckland
December 6th & 7th
BizDojo

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