“Many, many thanks to you for Blogging From The Heart. It was my first e-course and the best internet experience I had since I became an internet user. :-) You have a fantastic ability to make people feel your warmth and concern through your words and photos. That is the most inspiring. What was the most important for me, personally – I’ve seen the “picture”. To explain, my blogging and life as well looked like a puzzle I desperately wanted to put together. I just couldn’t see the whole. All parts of the puzzle developed in their own way with no connection. So the first week of the course appeared the hardest and the most useful to me. The puzzle suddenly began to gather through my newly made blogging mission. It took about two weeks to complete it – I didn’t write all the time, but returned to the point every free moment. Et voila! The blogging mission turned into life mission for this very period of my life. Great! I just can’t find words to express all my gratitude to you for that discovery.” ~ Maria
When I wrote my first blog post back in April 2006 I had no idea what I was getting myself into.
As I fell down the rabbit hole blogging gave me a reason to pick up my camera again. It rekindled my love of poetry and brought me friendships from all over the world. And now here I am, blogging under my own name, running a creative biz online and penning books — and all of this came from being brave and posting some words on the internet.
In short, blogging has changed my life.
My blogging practice has always been to share the light AND the dark of my life. Starting a blog 13 months into my bereavement influenced much of what I wrote back then, but in the years that followed I’ve continued to share in an open, and often emotional, way. Sharing our stories and experiences with one another helps us feel less alone. Just the simple act of getting the words out of your head and onto the screen can be powerfully cathartic. A blog is less a diary and more a magazine of you, a place where you can curate your interests and visual inspirations.
This 6-week course is all about creative personal blogging. I’ll teach you how to share your life and heart online as a way to express yourself creatively, dive deep and meet like-minded friends along the way. There’ll be lots of blog post ideas as well as interviews with creatives who inspire me. I won’t be looking at how to make money from blogging, but if you have a biz and want to share more of yourself online with your customers, then this course will definitely help with that. Crafting a blog that truly reflects who you are is about being honest and open, enjoying the writing process, recording your world with your camera and getting your creative juices flowing!
Week by week
Week 1: Setting the Scene
In the first week we’ll explore some of the essentials of blogging, including figuring out our goals and intentions for blogging, getting our blog home in order, and identifying our ideal reader.
Week 2: Opening up & reaching out
In week two we’ll start blogging in earnest, finding and honing our writing voices, thinking about privacy online (an important topic!) and how much to share, and answering the no.1 question: what shall I blog about today?
Week 3: Revealing your heart
Week three is where we’ll dive deep into revealing more of ourselves on our blog, with musings on authenticity (and what that really means), vulnerability vs empowerment, and how to deal with blogger’s remorse.
Week 4: Settling into your space
In week four we take a step back and consider how to infuse even more of ourselves into our blog homes, including tackling the all-important about page, design advice from my favourite web designer and thoughts on how to protect your space.
Week 5: Your world through a lens
It’s all about the visual in week five as we explore different ways to shoot for our blogs, share more of our world in photos, and tackle the question: what if I’m not a photographer?
Week 6: In it for the long haul
In the last week we’ll look at ways to make your blog sharing even richer, including the use of podcasts and videos, how to beat blogger’s block and all my best tips for growing your readership and building community.
Here’s a vlog I recorded for Kind Over Matter on finding your way online. We’ll be diving into all this and so much more in the course!
Next Session: Autumn 2014
Registration opens – Wednesday October 1st
Start date – Monday October 27th
Duration – 6 weeks
Fee – £97 GBP
Get emailed when registration opens!
“Susannah, I’ve been blogging now for three years. If I’d only found you then, but then you wouldn’t know what you know today, right? I feel IF your course had been available, then I’d be so far ahead of the game today. The technical aspects of your course was more of a review for me with the big exception of the designing your blog header. To have the step by step instructions is such a gift and worth the price of your course! In addition to your thoughts, I really enjoyed the weekly interviews. It’s always nice to see what motivates others to blog and what they’ve learned from their experiences. I signed up for this class to learn more about blogging from my heart and you have provided many thoughts and ideas to assist with that. Now the ball is in my court. I would highly recommend this class to others (and have already) and especially for newbies to blogging. Thank you very much for the course, for inspiring the creativity to continue.” ~ Robin
Frequently Asked Questions
What do I need?
Access to a computer and the internet, a notebook and a pen. Ideally you also have a blog so you can start putting what you learn into practice.
Will this course teach me how to set up a blog?
Not exactly, no. I’m going to assume you already know the basics — how to publish a post on your blog, how to add elements to your sidebar, how to upload photos, etc — so we can concentrate on what we share on our blogs. I’ll be revealing my thoughts on blog design and presentation because it applies to the overall look and feel of our blogs — our homes on the internet — but the main focus of the course will be on the words we share :)
I don’t have a blog – can I still take this class?
Absolutely — you’ll be getting lots of ideas for blog posts to get you started!
Do I have to be in class at certain times?
No, there are no set times when you have to be in class. The lessons are posted to the private course blog and emailed to you on set days, but this is a self-paced course, so you can fit it in whenever is best for you. Expect to spend about an hour or two on the course each week.
The course fees are in British pounds – do you accept payment in dollars/euros?
Yes! Your currency is automatically converted when you check out using either a credit card or Paypal. To check the current exchange rate, visit this useful online currency converter.
“Blogging from the Heart turned out to be one of my favorite e-courses. Thank you so much for putting it together! You’ve inspired me to finally take the plunge and make my blog into the space I’ve always dreamed of. Your design tips and writing prompts have helped me get through days where inspiration wouldn’t flow freely and inspired me to reveal a little more of myself in my writing. With your guidance my blog has finally become a place for community. I couldn’t have asked for more! I’m looking forward to the pdf and will definitely be suggesting this class to any blogger I know who wants to take things to the next level. I can’t believe it all went by so quickly!” ~ Briana
“Thank you for creating this course, it was wonderful. I was a lost little blogger with no real sense of direction and I felt I had no connection to my blog. Through your course and guidance I found my voice and have found the courage to put my face and myself in my blog. Now I simply love it and I can not imagine ever giving up this world that blogging has given me. Thank you again and I highly recommend Blogging from the Heart to anyone who is new to blogging or has been blogging for years. It is fantastic. You will come away from the experience feeling open and ready to blog from your heart.” ~ Leigh
“I would like to send you a huge heartfelt thank you for your wonderful course. I started my blog only a few months before the course began so I was a complete novice and not feeling all that confident. All the ideas and prompts and encouragement for revealing our true selves in a voice authentic to us, plus the wonderful community of creative women, have made this not only a truly memorable and rich experience, but also a very practically useful one for establishing our own unique web presence. Thank you for so generously sharing yourself with us!” ~ Iris