Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Bloggers Ed - First Impressions

Bloggers Ed - First Impressions

Because I like to learn new things, I decided to work on improving my blog and blogging skills. I joined a few Facebook groups and added some "blogging pros" to my Feedly account. One thing led to another and suddenly I'm following several marketing blogs and have signed up for a bunch of newsletters. I have a tendency to go overboard sometimes.... *shrugs*

After trying a few free blogging ecourses, I soon discovered that most of the information was just regurgitated general knowledge:  write good content, leave comments on other blogs, post consistently, blah, blah, blah.

Thinking that a paid class might have more relevant material, I went in search of an affordable blogging teacher. Whoa! Major sticker shock and I can't believe how much people are charging! 

I'm sorry, but for $497 someone better show up at my house every day for a month and sit right next to me while they explain what's what. And they better bring drinks and snacks. And give me a shoulder rub. I mean, seriously? $497?

Call me crazy, but I'm not willing to pluck down $79-$500 on an ecourse sight unseen! I finally found someone who offered some decent free material, so decided to sign up for her classes. Sad to say that so far, I'm not impressed.

I've finished the first class and can't say that I really learned anything new. Each class has between 10-21 lessons, so I'm hoping that the next class will be better.

Anyone have a good recommendation for where to find blogging tips? So far, I've learned more from Parajunkees Blogging 101 posts than any of the know-it-alls online who claim to be experts.





26 comments:

  1. OH MY GOD. That is way over-priced.

    I've been learning as I go, but luckily, I took a class in college, and our professor made us all keep blogs. Even though they were education based, he had us comment on three a week, and follow all of our classmates. He also encouraged us to network and follow other people who blog about the same things.

    I picked up where I left off, but the best thing I've learned along the way to just to be accessible to your blog's readers on other platforms. It's why I Tweet and have links to all my other social profiles on my blog. It's worked. People have found me through them.

    Wow... I still can't believe people charge $500 for blogging classes.

    Erin @ The Hardcover Lover

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    1. What boggles my mind is that people are paying that much for blogging classes! :o

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  2. I went looking too a while back and stopped in my tracks when I saw how much it cost. I've been trying to bump up my content. I guess we'll see where that leads. Good luck with the course. :-)

    Anna from Elements of Writing

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    1. Thanks Anna! Fingers crossed I actually learn something! lol

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  3. Almost £317, that actually seems quite reasonable given that I have just been looking at a course which costs almost that plus travel expenses (it isn't an e-course) for a half day. That said it is run by one of our broadsheets which explains a lot.

    Anyway, good luck with your search. Do let us know if you come across anything wonderful.

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    1. That much money for a half day? Amazing what people will charge, and what others will pay! Will definitely pass along any good info I come across! So far it's not looking good though. :(

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  4. 497? Holy crap! That's ridiculous. And they probably don't offer anything new. I think you're doing great as is.

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    1. Thank you Jenny! He kept emailing me, claiming that the course was worth $2000 and it was my absolute last chance to get it for such a great price so what was I waiting for? Sorry I didn't tell him I was waiting for the $490 discount coupon!

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  5. What types of things are you trying to learn? Most of blogging is those basic things and just finding your target audience.

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    1. Guess I'm looking for the magic formula that will make blogging easier! For every step forward, I feel like I take two steps back. *sigh*

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  6. That's frustrating. And, I don't blame you for not wanting to pay that much. I'd only pay that much if I were monetizing my blog and wanted to find out ways to get more readers, you know. But, with blogging as a hobby, yeah, I'm not going to fork out that much cash.

    The best ones I've seen are Parajunkee's stuff too. The only other suggestion is maybe a class on html or coding.

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    1. I've been a longtime hold-out on monetizing my blog, but starting to consider it now. I'd love to buy a custom design, but those puppies aren't cheap! And I want to purge my shelves, so that would help with postage if I started having more giveaways. I don't expect to ever make a living from blogging, but wouldn't that be cool? Pay me in books! ;)

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  7. Wow! That's expensive.

    Perhaps you could attend free workshops at a local book convention? I'm running a Book Blogging 101 workshop at SF:SE in Orlando in September. We're just covering the basics, but I'm sure that there are more advanced workshops and info panels at other conventions.

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    1. I'm kicking myself now because I never took advantage of workshops and classes when I lived in NJ! Now I'm in the middle of nowhere and there's absolutely nothing offered within easy driving distance, so that's why I'm looking online. Silly me!

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  8. No way I'm going to pay that much for something I can probably learn for free. I won't even spend that much for books and I'm a hoarder. Anyway, try THIS site. It's very helpful, easy to understand and there are videos. There are SEO Basics for Bloggers, blog topic ideas, etc...

    Let me know if it helped!

    Haraiah @ Random Things In Action

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    1. Thank you! I haven't seen her blog before and it looks like she has some helpful tips, so I've bookmarked her site to explore more in depth later. Thanks so much Haraiah! :)

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  9. I'm wondering if people are paying for these classes thinking it'll get them followers and a way to make money for themselves. But, I know people do it, but I've not figured out how to make money at blogging yet. That is crazy about the charge! We're old hat at this and probably know more than what's being taught, as it seems from your first class. Hope you learn some great tips!

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    1. Thanks Melissa! I think that a lot of bloggers think they'll make tons of money by blogging, not realizing how hard it is and that the money isn't really there. I think that for book bloggers like us, we could maybe make some pocket change with Amazon affiliates, but can't see making a living with it.

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  10. Hi! Wow! I get how it can be overwhelming at first! I compiled a list of resources for book bloggers in one of my blog posts. But some are useful for all kinds of bloggers that don't know where to begin. *icanbuildablog is great!* And although most things you learn doing, you should never pay for blogging lessons unless you're seeking professional help for a business blog, because there are tons of free resources and tips out there. This is the blog post -> Resources

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    1. Thanks for the link Pamela! Most of the free advice I've found is just a rehash of generic info, but disappointed that my class is full of the same. Going to drop out next month before my next payment is due, as it's just not worth it.

      Thanks for the link! Lots of good info there, so can definitely use it!

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  11. Oh, it's too bad about the blogging course. I think blogging is a hands-on experience and many bloggers will tell you that you never stop learning new things, no matter how long you've been blogging.

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    1. Part of the reason I wanted to sign up for a class is that I was hoping to learn something new. Surprised to discover how much I already knew! Never knew I was an "expert"! ha!

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  12. I would not pay anyone that much. You can get almost everything you need to learn about blogging FREE on the internet. Here is what I do: google the question | tweet the question | facebook a question to book blogging group (like The Book Blogger's resource join if you haven't already) | watch youtube videos | ask bloggers who use what you are looking for specifically (some may not answer but most probably will and you might make a friend or two)
    I learned almost everything I know by trail and error, and search engines. Please don't waste your money buying knowledge a blogger friend can give you for free.

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    1. I think I was searching for that magic button that would make things easier for me. *sigh* Guess there's not one, so I'll just keep stumbling along. I still can't get over how much people are charging for classes, and finding others willing to pay those ridiculous amounts! Too bad I'm not a crook, as I could be making a fortune! ha!

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  13. Yeah, it seems like a lot of the "blogging courses" are just basic stuff you can figure out for free or learn from reading random blogs. I'll be curious to see how you've been enjoying the rest of the course, though.

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. It amazes me how many people think it's okay to charge for info that's easily available online!

      I'm cramming right now to get through as many lessons as I can before my month is up, so will keep you posted!

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