I’m about to head off to a product photo shoot for some new Akimbo wedding invitations (squee!) but first I wanted to pop in with an update regarding the Decor8 Blog Boss course, since I know many of you were keen to find out more.
Firstly, it should be said that I had previously never done any online course, in-person blogging class or conference. So I had nothing to compare it to… except my own ridiculously high standards.
From the moment I logged on for the first lesson I was impressed with the professional setup and support and I continued to be blown away with each lesson. Holly’s dedication and 100% commitment particularly impressed me. All of the classes were prepared specifically for this course and often on the day of the lesson so we knew we were getting fresh and up-to-date content – so important in such a rapidly-evolving industry like blogging.
Holly’s guest teachers Irene Hoofs of Bloesem and Steffi Luxat of Ohhh Mhhh provided an excellent perspective on topics within their expertise. In particular, Steffi’s advice on thinking of your blog like a magazine set off so many light bulb moments that it felt like there was a strobe light in my head.
While the content of the lessons alone would have been worth the cost of the course, there was also some amazing value in the student forums, in the form of advice, feedback and networking.
Like all classes, you only get out of it what you put in. It didn’t take long to get through the classes, but spending time in the forums, putting effort into your homework and actually implementing what you’ve learned does require a level of commitment.
Speaking of implementing, I have done a TON of work, but most of it is behind-the-scenes and won’t be published until the upcoming relaunch. I did the moodboard above as part of week 3’s homework, then in week 4 I actually scrapped my nearly-complete site design because the branding and navigation wasn’t doing it for me. The new direction feels right and I am totally jazzed about it all – can’t wait to reveal all!
If you have any questions about my experience, feel free to ask in the comments!
P.S. I did the moodboard above with only the intention of using it personally, so I didn’t note the sources as I normally would. I feel terrible about not crediting properly (in fact I hesitated in writing this post for that reason), so if you are the owner of any of the images featured in the collage, please email me and I will add the credit. Thanks for your understanding!