My fabulous e-course teacher Holly Becker had asked for her students comments on her Blogging Your Way E-course during October 2012. As the window for enjoying the workshop resources is about to shut, I thought it time to deliver my letter. And feel complete.
Several weeks ago, I had just listened to your last podcast for Blogging Your Way Bootcamp and typed a few notes sitting in front of my fireplace Jeanette style. I was sad to know the end of camp was near yet inspired. Per your request, I have gathered my bouquet of thoughts and am giving them to you here.
First, I am overwhelmed by the sincere sentiment and supportive-ness of your teaching style. Many aspire to teach and motivate and these talents come naturally to you. You’re a nice girl with no hidden agendas while you’re just enough of a tough nut to keep your students hustling. I smiled when you would giggle to yourself over a thought you’d expressed.
Your tenacity to earn and achieve is inspirational and frightening, yet your kindness and generosity don’t undermine your strength. I was blown away and empowered when you talked about making money on your blog and how men would never apologize or ask for permission, why do women? I haven’t felt the entitlement to earn for my talent but calling this blockage the spade it is had me looking into its evil eye. Nothing comes that you don’t believe is due you.
I had read a post where you described having type-A burnout. I now have a better understanding of what got you through as you challenged yourself using the negative voices as almost a dare. Happily, you’ve offered the greatest blogger’s permission: if it’s not fun then don’t do it. You very honestly said, “Do you really need to crank out a post today? Here are the organizational tools to do your very best and then let go of the rest”. Thanks for this borrowed permission.
Although many of your students are not creating visual design blogs, your visuals are gratifying. I found that I’d never thought of placing nice pictures unrelated to my subject. My verbal and visual sides were separated by pragmatism and logic. Creativity isn’t pragmatic and blogging is a creative process when we allow ourselves the luxury. Your course has opened up unimagined options for me to join these two sides together.
My greatest gift from Decor 8’s Blogging Your Way Bootcamp is a better overview of where I am and want to go next. I earned confidence in my authentic voice and know my blog is grounded by this voice. And I feel confident that I’m right where I need to be and have the talent, smarts, and resources to figure the rest out as I go. (All printable materials are in a binder and post-it noted for areas of improvement and study.)
There’s a lot to learn and I have time to learn it, even as I interrupt all of this in February with the birth of a miraculous child. Foremost, I am proud of myself for showing up regularly at the camp, on my blog, and for learning new technologies and slowly making blog friends.
Am I having fun? I think I am. Do I wish I was further along? Yes, of course. But blogging, like life, is a process not a destination.
The hope has rubbed off. And I am grateful.