When and where is The Blogcademy?
We're a truly international operation! Since our first class in 2012 we've taught on three continents and in seven different countries! For our currently available dates and locations, check out our currently available workshop dates. Be sure to sign up for our mailing list, too, so you're the first to hear about new dates and locations! Our classes sell out FAST, so if you want to join us, be sure to act ASAP!
When does The Blogcademy start and end?
Classes kick off at 10am, so aim to arrive around 9.45. We usually wrap between 5 and 6pm, although we're happy to stay later if you still have questions!
What should I bring?
Other than a pen and something to write notes on, you won't need much! (Hint: There will be lots of opportunities to take awesome pictures, so bring whatever you are most comfortable doing that with, whether it's your phone, an Instax camera, or a digital SLR!) You can bring a laptop or tablet to make notes on if that's how you prefer to work, but this is not a technical workshop.
What should I wear?
The three of us believe in dressing up and making an occasion out of it, and so do most of our students. We're big fans of Sunday best with a twist: Colorful dresses, bizarre accessories, and fun shoes are always welcome. If all this has you stumped, just dress comfortably, with a flourish!
Should I bring lunch?
Your call! Our lunch break is flexible, meaning you can go out to find food, or you can stay at the location and socialise! There are always restaurants and cafes in the area: If you don't know where to eat at lunch, you can tag along with us! Sometimes we provide little treats, but not always, so please feel free to BYO snacks!
Will there be an organized mixer or drinks before / after the workshop?
We don't offer a mixer as part of The Blogcademy class. We do, however, encourage you to arrange to meet up with your fellow attendees before and after class to get to know each other better! One of the most amazing things about attending an in-person class is the other entrepreneurs that you meet!
Is The Blogcademy just for girls?
No! While it's true that your headmistresses are "girls' girls", and the majority of our students are female, it's not a prerequisite! We'd love to have you, no matter your gender. Be warned, though: You may be required to rock a pair of sparkly ears!
Do I need to be an Apple user to attend?
Not at all! Even though this isn't a technical workshop, we understand you might have questions about apps, programs or content management systems. The Blogcademy is all-inclusive: Gala and Shauna use Apple products, and Kat is a whizz on a PC. We can answer your questions!
I'd love to stay for the whole thing but I have something else planned. Is that a problem?
Blogcademy is a full two-day event, tailored to flow from subject to subject. The structure is all about building blocks, so your knowledge will accumulate and build on itself over two days. If you really can't stay, we understand... But you'll be missing out! We can't offer any discounts for partial attendance.
What Will I Learn?
I'm not a newbie. Am I really going to learn anything?
Collectively, we've been to a million blogging conferences and always leave feeling like our most burning questions and favorite topics weren't covered. The Blogcademy is our way of turning that on its head. We don't need to hear about "thinking of yourself as a brand" or "being consistent" one more time. We all KNOW that already. This is a real nuts and bolts masterclass for people who already have the basics of blogging licked and want to take it to the next level.
Even better than that, there will be OODLES of Q&A. Come along with your questions! Try your best to bamboozle us! We want to help you as much as possible, so please don't be afraid to ask the questions that are really plaguing you.
I'm a complete novice / I don't have my blog yet. Is The Blogcademy for me?
We have attendees of all levels but for you to get the most out of the weekend, you should have a basic knowledge of blogging and social media. If you don't have your own blog yet we'd still love to have you, and you may even be at an advantage because you won't have had time to pick up any bad habits! Fair warning, though: We won't be covering the super basics of setting up a blog. You can learn that stuff in a day of Googling!
Is The Blogcademy all about making money from blogging? I just really want to be inspired!
While we will be covering blog monetisation - it's always one of the topics we receive the most questions about - it's not just about that. There is so much more to blogging than making a buck. If you're looking to be reinvigorated, to spice up your online presence or to step back and see a bigger, more expansive view of what you could be doing with your brand, this weekend will rock your world!
Is The Blogcademy just for people who want to be full-time or hobby bloggers? I have a small business and really want to learn how having a blog could support it.
When we launched The Blogcademy we initially imagined that most of our attendees would want to be full-time bloggers. However after doing a number of classes we started to notice that most of the women who were coming to class had their own small businesses and wanted to harness the power of blogging to support it.
The class is suitable for anyone who wants to blog, whether that be in a full-time capacity, just as a hobby or as a way to support another business.
How many students are there per class?
Our classes max out at 40 students (but usually run between 20-30), which is big enough to mean you'll meet lots of amazing new people, but intimate enough to make sure everyone gets their questions answered. There's also plenty of time for one on one time with one - or all - of the headmistresses!
Costs, Tickets And Refunds
How much does The Blogcademy cost and how do I pay?
The Blogcademy is $750US and we accept payments through Paypal. You can also pay via two installment if you prefer (the second payment is due no later than 30 days before the class takes place). If you'd like to pay in even smaller increments, or via another payment method, drop us an email! Further details are available in the shop.
Within 24 hours of your payment clearing, we will be in touch via your PayPal registered email with further instructions! Seats are first come, first served.
Are transportation and accomodation costs included in the price?
No, the cost of the ticket guarantees admission to the event only.
What if I buy my ticket but have to cancel my trip?
Refunds will only be offered within 28 days of the purchase date, less a 10% admin fee. If you are unable to attend the course, tickets can be transferred to another person. Alternatively, you can transfer to another city. However, all sales and transfers are final within 28 days of the class date, as costs are incurred for materials and services.
Giving Back And Scholarships
I really want to come along but I can't afford it!
We hear you, baby! Don't fret, we'd love for you to be a part of it: We offer a scholarship in each city! To enter for your chance to a win a ticket to the whole weekend simply pull together a blog post and let us know, in whatever format you like, why you should win!
You could draw a picture, make a video, create an animated gif, start a Facebook campaign, get a tattoo (we're only half joking!)... Anything that your crazy little brain can come up with. Remember, the more creative the better!
Publish your entry on your own blog and then simply post a link to it on our Facebook page. Applications are due 30 days before the date of the class you're applying for and make sure you state in your entry which city you'd like to attend! The winner will be notified via email shortly after so be sure to have a contact page somewhere obvious on your blog!