13 February 2011
Way back in November, Elsie Flanningan of A Beautiful Mess and Red Velvet Art fame introduced the latest of her online e-courses, Blog Love. At the time I was going through a rough patch juggling ideas of what I wanted for my own blog and shop alongside my role as mom and homemaker, all amidst the impending holiday hoopla and general, all-round craziness. Having followed Elsie since our introduction earlier in the spring during the Indie Biz e-course, I was naturally curious to learn her secrets to blogging success with the hope of instilling some of that magic into my own evolving blog. So after my holiday guests had left and school had started back, I made sure I signed up so as to begin!
Unlike the Indie Biz workshop, Blog Love is instantly (within 48hrs of payment) accessible with all sessions presented at once via a private blogsite. Available for at least 2 years, topics can be worked on at your own pace or, like I did, printed off to be read anytime in the future. The private blogsite is beautifully presented in Elsie's unique style, with a wealth of photographic examples to endorse her points. One can forgive the odd typo as it is clear her heart and soul has been poured into this e-course, when it shines with her endearing personality and obvious enthusiasm for her subject. With 12 topic sessions plus a few extra bonuses that include her personal blog journey and thoughts on ethical behaviour, there is much to absorb and think over and I filled several pages of my daybook with notes and ideas generated by Elsie's candid knowledge.
I'll admit that whilst much of what Elsie had to say can be found elsewhere, it was her own personal, handmade-indie-craft twist on the subject that makes paying the $32.00 for this information so worth while. Plus as one of the RVA girls, Elsie has a special way of making learning so enjoyable!
Though it caters to new bloggers in particular, Blog Love goes far beyond the 'getting started' stage. It was both a great refresher as to why I'm blogging in the first place, with ideas on how to elevate it from being a purely fun side project to something more meaningful. In particular it got me seriously thinking about what I want my blog to be in the great scheme of things - something that had begun whilst absorbed in the Indie Biz class with my shop.
It is fair to say that this is not the only blogging course out there in the market that caters to creative folks, but if you are interested in doing something relatively low-key to enhance your blog journey, then I would highly recommend Elsie's Blog Love.
It is great value for money + a fun learning experience.
With the advice gathered from Blog Love, I have gained a new enthusiasm and perspective for my little blog and am working on ways to implement those ideas one post at a time. Great stuff!
If you are interested in purchasing Elsie's Blog Love e-course, visit Red Velvet's brand new website for full details. A subsequent Q&A about Blog Love was posted on Elsie's blog for curious minds...
Edit: Don't just take my word for it *grin!* You can now read a number of other reviews on Blog Love here.
07 February 2011
For trinkets, loose change and other small pocket things, I painted and stamped this little kraft box for my valentine. Adding a little diamante rhinestone for a touch of sparkle...
I'm really loving the scruffy textures of brush strokes and stamps!