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First of all, let me just tell you right up front that I am no expert how to become a blogger. However, they tell me that if you have a blog, and you write posts, you’re a blogger. Maybe I am. Maybe I’m just muddling my way through this process and learning as I go. The reality is that I’m learning it as I screw stuff up and have to learn to fix it. Let’s call me a wannabe blogger – for now anyway.
Become a blogger with this secret weapon.
I do however, know a secret weapon in the process, and it’s the only reason that I know anything about it at all. It’s called Blogging Boot Camp and it has been invaluable to me, and I’m sure to a lot of other people learning this craziness as we go. Don’t worry, I will give directions at the end of this post so you can find this sanity-saving tool that will teach you the basics. But I have a few things to say about it first. Read if you want, or skip to the bottom. I’ll be okay either way.
When this session of Blogging Boot Camp (BBC for laziness) was announced, I was determined that I was going to sign up and attend. But yikes that price tag seemed steep, not only to me but also to the other person who would definitely notice that dip in the bank balance. Oh, but neither of us realized the true value of what we were purchasing. There’s a saying that you get what you pay for. Sometimes you do, and sometimes you don’t. And then sometimes you get much, much more than you pay for. This is one of those times.
Holy crap, I didn’t know anything about SEO or slugs or alt text or graphic sizes. Links can be pretty?? WordPress would have given me fits if I didn’t have someone holding my hand and telling me exactly where to put these crazy puzzle pieces, and how to make them fit into place. Well, to be honest, it still kind of did give me fits, and will likely continue to do so. But now I have a foundation to build on. And confidence that I didn’t have before. It’s not quite so intimidating anymore.
So what the heck is Blogging Boot Camp (otherwise nicknamed Bootleg Boxcar by my husband)?
BBC (Blogging Boot Camp, remember?) is an awesome class that can be found over at the Sassy Suite. BBC is only offered every few months, but there are other great social media classes available all the time. When you sign up for BBC, the awesome camp staff set up your blog foundation for you, but then they spend the next couple of months teaching you how to do all the other set up tasks. They don’t just build it and turn it over to you and say, “See you later.” I’m certainly better at learning as I’m doing, especially if I have detailed instructions. I can’t recommend this course enough if you want to learn how to become a blogger.
Throughout this process, there have been many things pulling me away from the blog such as graduate school, an ongoing house remodel, a family emergency, and our day-to-day business tasks. I must not forget the animals who like to be fed on a daily basis. Spoiled, I tell you. But not only have the BBC camp counselors been encouraging and helpful, all the other participants turn out to be your cheerleaders and your friends. You become a blogger at the same time they do.
Contact me if you have a question about Blogging Boot Camp.
This post contains an affiliate link. I honestly loved these classes (not just BBC) so much that I signed myself up to be an affiliate!