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New Dates: Austin & Melbourne (again)!

Your headmistresses always aim to please, and when we announced the full wack of dates back in March, there were some outcries that we weren’t going down to any of the Southern US states… Well, your wish is our command and so we’ve added an extra date in Austin date during August. YEY!

But that’s not all…The Melbourne class sold out so speedily, that we’ve decided to add a second date on our way home from Australia. It means we’re pretty much going to be away from home for a whole month (!) but hey, know you’re gonna make it worth our while! Our poor suffering husbands will just have to hold the fort at our respective homes a little while longer I guess…

If you’d like to hop on the school bus with us, you can book your spot on either of these classes via the registration page. As always, for the two new dates we are offering an earlybird special price if you book before midnight Wednesday 15th May. Spaces are limited to 30 graduates per class and remember, all our previous classes have been sell-outs, so speed is of the essence!

We can’t wait to meet you!

The Blogcademy NYC: A Quick And Dirty Recap!

‘Bag of Tricks’ bags from our fabulous sponsor Alphabet Bags!

Last weekend was a whirlwind of loving, learning and epic inspiration. I think I can safely speak for all three of us when I say we feel like we’ve been through a WAR! We’re mentally exhausted but oh so exhilarated, and even before we each jetted back to our respective corners of the globe, the emails were flying back and forth with excitable plans for the next one! (Watch this space!)

You can read a little more on our respective blogs — Rock n Roll Bride, Gala Darling & Nubby Twiglet — and of course we’ll have full recaps hitting the interwebs like a steam-train soon enough, but I just wanted to stop by to shout a HUMONGOUS thank you to everyone that made it happen.

To Gala & Nubby, my partners in crime and fellow headmistresses: you rock my world, I can’t believe how far we’ve come already and we’ve only done one event! Here’s to zipping around the globe together and teaching in sparkly EARS!

To Lisa Devlin who photographed the weekend & taught our attendees some invaluable photography tips: I love you girl, and we couldn’t have done it without your invaluable knowledge, advice and guidance. Never-ending gratitude!

To Ben Vogel who filmed the event: thank you for being our technical support (!) and for taking our teases like a man!

To Megan and Nikki, our amazing volunteers: Thank you so much for all your help. You made sure everything ran like clockwork and kept us fed and hydrated at all times! We really lucked out finding you girls. Thank you for being the best damn volunteers we could have hoped for.

To our sponsors to made the goodie bags the “best goodie bags ever!” (yes, that was a direct quote!): we love you! Our attendees loved you! You made us look damn good!

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, to the 30 girls who came along, rocked our world and left us with all the warm and fuzzies: thank you for trusting us enough to come to our first event and for generally being so BADASS. Thank you, thank you, thank you. WE LOVE YOU!

The wheels are in motion for the next Blogcademy workshop so keep those peepers peeled to our social media for updates! Ooh I wonder where we’ll be heading next!?!?

The Blogcademy Pins!

The Blogcademy Pins

In an ongoing effort to share our sources for our collateral, The Blogcademy just had pins made through One Inch Round. The pricing was reasonable, the service was quick and the customer service was super prompt and helpful. Two thumbs up!

One of the main reasons we went with One Inch Round is because they’re based in Portland and offer you the option to save on shipping in return for local pick-up. I couldn’t be happier with the quality and outcome. I should mention that we went with the 1.25 inch size so the type is legible and crisp but the pin still feels wearable.

We’ve now got pins, business cards, stickers and rubber stamps! But of course, we’re saving the best for last. Stay tuned!

Meet Our NYC Scholarship Winner

Julia, we love you so much for the effort you put into your scholarship video. You made our decision easy! Gala was particularly vocal and ridiculously over-excited about the prospect of having another Kiwi at The Blogcademy…

And this was her response when we emailed her to tell her she’d won!


This is just what went down in my flat…

Oh! new email….OOooooohhhhh NEW EMAIL FROM BLOCADEMY! ech!

OOOOOoooOOOOOh it’s long…and the first sentence….Holy crap…SCREAMmmmy screechhh! Laptop and me to the floor while flatties leap up looking at me in terror having received obviously shocking news!!….tears. Hugs! A top up of the bubbles! And then off to call clever clever John Jo who helped make the vid and then Mum and Dad who said ” YOU DIDN”T?!?!?!”

Guys, this is just nuts and very exciting!! While I had had pretend scans of New York flights and accommo while procrastinating at work I didn’t actually think I would end up winning and putting myself in a situation where I simply HAD to go to NY no matter what my bank account was yelling at me! So thanks so much, talk about best foot forward! I am actualllllyyyyy going to go to MOMA and Jonathon Adler and Central Park and as all my flatmates have said bump into the cast of “Friends” no doubt.

So thanks for giving me the opportunity and push in the right direction ladies. Simply can’t wait to meet you all!

Pack those bags Julia and we’ll see you in New York City baby!

Meet The Blogcademy Volunteer(s)!

Doucette Duvall

Over the past month we received more applications to be our Blogcademy Volunteer than we could have ever anticipated! It took us a while, but after fighting it out we all came to the same conclusion – that we couldn’t pick just one. So instead we’ve opted for two of our fabulous applicants to come an join us and help us make the very first Blogcademy happen! When you read these short snippets taken from their applications I’m sure you’ll see why we fell in love with them.


“My name is Nikki and I have been a devoted follower of Gala Darling for quite some time now, as well as a more recent, but just as enthralled, follower of Lady Kat and Madame Shauna. When I first received news of The Blogcademy, I started scrambling trying to figure out what I could possibly sell in order to attend this much needed workshop. I then spotted the news about the hunt for one lucky scholarship winner! I was preparing my video submission for the scholarship when I received the email about your need for a volunteer. And I thought to myself, “The Blog Gods have opened up the heavens and sent down endless opportunities for me!”


“My name is Megan, and I moved to New York from Northern California to pursue my dream of working in television about a year ago. Shortly after moving, I started working at a television production company that specializes in producing animal/pet content for television networks. We’re currently working on a show for Animal Planet, about the best moments in pop culture from this year (The Olympics, The Voice, Tim Tebow, etc) reenacted by puppies.”

I don’t know about you, but I certainly want to know more about that

Nicole & Megan we can’t wait to meet you!


We’re over the moon to announce that The Blogcademy sold out in under a week!  Thank you so much for your enthusiasm, and we’re looking forward to bringing more Blogcademys to fantastic locations the world over!

Would you like us to come to your city?  Add yourself to our mailing list, and we can let you know when we do!

We love you!

Updates and Anticipation

Emma Summerton for The New York Times

GOSH it’s been an exciting week at the International House of Bloggers, with nearly all the seats for the first graduating class of The Blogcademy selling out in under a week! Yes, that’s right, we’ve only got a few spaces remaining so if you’re considering signing up, don’t delay!

It’s been so thrilling to chat to our attendees (and future attendees!) via Facebook and Twitter. There’s a real buzz of excitement and anticipation and we’re loving it!

Nubby has been working super hard on all the branding materials and design work for the event — I’m pretty sure that girl doesn’t actually sleep. We are so grateful to have her on-board: this girl really walks her talk! When she does something, she goes all in. We already have stamps, stickers and report cards! (Am I the only one who really nerds out on ordering new stationery?!)

In other news, we’ve been lining up some epic treasures to put in the goodie bags. You’re seriously going to flip out when you peek inside your bag! Sparkles for EVERYONE!

We’re also delighted to announce that we have an extra special guest speaker, Paige from Blogads! Blogads serve all the advertisements on Gala’s site and they have been working together for years. Paige is coming along to divulge the secrets of monetising your blog via advertising sales, as well as answer any questions you might have on the subject. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for our attendees to talk, face to face, with a company who assist many bloggers in making the big bucks!

Oh… Did you submit your scholarship application yet?!

Until next time lovers…

The Blogcademy Scholarship Programme

Just wow you guys! We’ve been utterly blown away by the response to The Blogcademy announcement yesterday. Spaces have been selling super quickly and we’ve got people flying into New York from all over the world to attend. We are SO EXCITED to meet you all and to make fun of each other’s crazy accents!

I just wanted to pop by today to highlight our scholarship programme which may have got overlooked by some of you in all the excitement. When planning this event, we decided that we’d very much like to offer the opportunity for one of you, who maybe might never be able to afford to attend the workshop, to be able to experience what we have to offer.

All you have to do for your chance to win a ticket to the event (the prize does not include travel or accommodation) is make a video telling us why you think you should come to The Blogcademy (hint: be creative!) Upload the video to YouTube or Vimeo and simply email us the link! You have until Sunday 16th September to get your videos to us. Then collectively we’ll pick our favourite and that lucky duck will be invited to hang out with us all weekend! Now wouldn’t that be fabulous?

Good luck everyone, we can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Welcome to The Blogcademy!

Welcome, weary traveler, to The Blogcademy blog! On these pages Gala, Nubby & I will be sharing regular updates about the workshop – what to expect, what we’ve been up to in the planning and reports on past events. We are all so excited about this new project. We can’t wait to share our collective bloggy knowledge with you and hopefully, meet as many of you as possible at future events!

We’d also love to get your feedback so feel free to tweet, comment on our facebook or email us directly with any thoughts, ideas or musings about the site and The Blogcademy in general. We’d love to hear from you!

So stand by, this is gonna be one hell of an exciting ride. I for one, can’t wait!