Monday, October 27, 2014

About the Blogging Your Way e-course

My mood board - My Rose Valley in the future.



My brain storming Blogging Your Way Course board on my Pinterest.



decor8 e-courses Blogging Your Way - the website.
Not very often do I read about people taking blog courses, so I thought I would share my latest blog course adventure with you.

I am taking a Blogging Your Way online course with Holly at Decor8. This is not the first time for me. Two years ago, I signed up for a basic BYW course, but the timing was so bad that I couldn't attend very much. I was disappointed, stressed out and thought it was a waste - at my own faults I should add. Because Holly's online blog courses are good. You get what you put in. You work hard and you will see results. You surf along and might not get that much at all out of it. You make the course happen for you. Like going in therapy. If you are not open for it and if you chose to sit silent, nothing will be accomplished.

This particular e-course is for the more advanced bloggers and pro bloggers. The tempo is intense. There is a lot of information to take in. Unfortunately I fell behind a bit the first week as we were on vacation, but slowly I have managed to catch up. I have 3 kids and a big house to care for which mean I have to steal my moments to do this course. Often at night time or early mornings. But I am doing it. And last night was my big proud moment when I delivered my homework for week 2 at 1.30am. Exhausted but so full of inspiration. Because that is what Holly's blog courses do to you. Fill you up with inspiration.

I don't really interact that much in class (there is a forum where you can chat, turn in homework and have discussions online) but just looking at what other bloggers do, checking out their blogs and reading their comments is feeding my knowledge base a lot. This is not a course where you get technical step-by-step details on how to add Social Media buttons or how to make the best blog layout. How to understand image formats or CSS coding. No, no, no. If you need to become more tech savvy you need to surf the Internet for tutorials or invest in books on the subject.

This course is more of a helicopter view of blogging. After blogging for over 5 years now I do get bored at times, I have doubts at times, I lack inspiration, energy and just plainly fall off the blogging wagon every now and then. I feel stuck in a route and am not sure about where to start to change direction or how to explore something new. I put pressure on myself and get stressed and suddenly my whole world is an imbalanced broken see saw... And this is where this BYW course does magic.

Holly and her team of teachers teaches about blogging and life balance, how to deal with blog envy, what works and what doesn't, color therapy (OH GOSH - how fun wasn't the color therapy classes!!!???) and the impact colors have on ourselves, our blogs and our readers and so much more. Her classes encourage you to step back from your blog and view it with different eyes, open up for changes and to become a critic of your own creating. She helps you to re-discover the spark in blogging and make you believe in your blog, that it has a purpose, that it is worth to keep going.

For probably more than a year now I have wanted to upping my game a little bit, change my blog layout and update My Rose Valley with my creative successes, the pattern and yarn business etc. I don't want to loose the homey feel of My Rose Valley but I want it to grow up a little bit. It needs a new outfit. The old one works, but what you wore in 2009 is not the same as you wear in 2014. You get what I am saying, right?

After last weeks big mood board exercise I think I am finally finding my way home. I got really carried away once I allowed myself to sit undisturbed and started to play with color swatches, checking my Pinterest board to identify what is me, searching for fonts that speaks my voice, the patterns that makes me feel comfortable etc etc. And after almost 3 hours of mixing and matching, cutting and pasting, deleting and changing, it all came together. Now I only need to apply the mood board feel into My Rose Valley blog.

I am inspired, I am making myself a work schedule, I feel organized, I am getting things done and I am changing and so is My Rose Valley. To the better, but it will take time before this face lift is done. I hope you will like it. And if you have been thinking about doing an online blog course, I highly recommend Holly's BYW courses. Read more about them here, and student testimonials here. and remember - be prepared, work hard and keep up with the classes to get the most out of it.

Kärlek
Annette



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18 comments :

  1. Sounds like a great learning, growing experience. I look forward to seeing how your lovely blog grows and changes. Best wishes!

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    1. Hi Angela
      Thank you! It is VERY inspiring. Thanks for your support as a follower.
      Xxx
      Annette

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  2. Wow, such an inspiration. I love visiting your blog, it feels like home.
    A chitter chatter at the big wood kitchen table,
    with benches filled with crochet blankets and sheep wool.
    Coffee in big mugs and biscuits in a ceramic bowl.
    Your windows are filled with pelargonia and "grandma curtains".
    This is what I imagine is your kitchen.
    I really like your thought for the "new" blog.
    Have a brilliant week

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    1. THANK YOU!
      Precis så vill jag att du ska känna!!! Exactly so! I couldn't have put in better words myself. SO happy to hear that I have succeeded. And all this will remain, I will just pimp it a bit. Change curtains. Find a new tea cup on a thrift market and maybe I'll try and bake a new cake for your next visit. Ha ha ha! Lovely!
      Xxx
      Annette

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  3. Very inspiring. Blogging shouldn't be stressful but quite often it is. It's good to read about how you feel about your blog and to see how you are adapting and growing with it. Best wishes for the future - it looks wonderful.

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    1. Hi Janet
      I agree. Blogging has always been bliss for me. Saying that I do feel stressed at times as my blog has grown so quickly. It is all about balance and as long as there is balance it all works. Thanks for visiting today!
      Xxx
      Annette

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  4. Annette,se sua tarefa é esse post,ficou perfeito,parabéns.Beijo.Valéria.

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    1. Ola
      Obrigado querida. Por enquanto este é o meu trabalho como eu sou entre postos de trabalho e tentar encontrar um novo trabalho de escritório. Queria tanto que este poderia ser o meu trabalho futuro e é por isso que eu estou fazendo isso. Para saber. Para crescer e ficar melhor. Então, obrigado por seu encorajamento.
      Xxx
      Annette

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  5. I read this post with great interest. You are truly the person who motivated me to start my own blog. You actually responded to one of my comments almost two years ago to go ahead and do it. I have enjoyed it very much. Right now it just something where I report what I have made (mostly sewing these days) and there isn't much else to it. But at some point when I have the energy I'd like it to be a little different as I have so many interests. I do enjoy your blog so much (though I've had less time to read blogs lately). Your beautiful creative style and beautiful kind personality shine through.

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  6. Well done for sticking at the course. I'm looking forward to seeing your changes.

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  7. To concur with the above comment from Christine, I would echo that you show your genuine personality and I'm not sure that many bloggers do. I would hate you to lose your individuality, as a good blogger is one who sets their own agenda and does not follow others. There are so many craft blogs who play follow the leader. They will never catch up with her! As you have found though you don't need to play that game. You are ahead already, being your authentic self. In order to be successful in your own right you need to be true to yourself and find your own voice. Over years of reading your blog, I like your integrity and enjoy your heartfelt writing and looking at the beautiful things you make as well as seeing the lovely country you live in.

    No one knows you better than yourself, so I hope you will be mindful of all that you have achieved so far, is because of yourself. Please don't lose that. Other people don't have all the answers.

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  8. Dear Annette,

    Thank you for your review! I will definitely consider the course!

    Happy week!

    Madelief x

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  9. Sounds like a rewarding experience. I look forward to seeing your blog evolve and develop with what you have learned. Maybe I will do this course one day, I am still very new to blogging and not quite there yet. T x

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  10. I feel inspired just reading your words Annette! I can't wait to see what changes you make too, the pictures you have collected look full of potential loveliness :)

    S x

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  11. Really excited to see how you change up your blog design Anette! Good luck with the rest of your BlogBoss journey. Your mood board looks just fab.

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    1. Hi Fiona
      Thank you for popping in to see my place. And thank you for your encouragement. Your classes has been wonderful and I am so inspired to start on the tweaks for my blog.
      Xxx
      Annette

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  12. Hey Annette! I'm a current BYW BlogBoss classmate of yours, and I just wanted to say I agree with you completely about Holly's classes! I've fallen behind in my homework because of other work responsibilities, but am so inspired by Holly, the teachers, and fellow students, too. I'm learning sooooo much, and it's so worth the time and effort to take this class. I'm off to complete my mood board now! :)

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    1. Hi Patricia
      How lovely of you to come and visit. Better late than never. The mood board exercise is lots of fun. Enjoy yourself and do your best to catch up. I am trying to get my assignments done for this weeks homework... We'll see if I make it in time.
      Xxx
      Annette

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Thank you so much for visiting my world. I love reading your comments and I do my utterly best to respond to questions and sweet messages. Thank you again for popping by.

Kärlek
Annette

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