One thing you may not know about me is how much I love to learn new things. I have a hobby of having hobbies, so to speak. I really enjoy getting out of my comfort zone, but I don’t have the best track record of sticking with most of them. Luckily, having a blog is a great excuse to gain new skills and try new hobbies because, if nothing else, I can write about them!
There are a few skills that I want to learn (and stick with) though. As you can probably guess, blogging is a hobby of mine but I haven’t been very consistent with it. I also haven’t given up on it either! In addition to just generally being a better blogger, I also want to be a better photographer and writer, write a book or start a podcast, and maybe even have my own business one day. #dreambig
It’s hard to find time to improve your skills or learn new ones, but it’s a worthwhile investment whether it’s for your career or personal enjoyment. Which is why I’m excited to share how obsessed I am with a new company in town called Skillpop.
Skillpop: Pop-up classes in your community
I heard about Skillpop through one of my coworkers, who is friends with the girl who started the company. Skillpop offers really affordable classes to the community for things such as blogging, photography, calligraphy, watercolor, and SO much more. All things I want to learn / try at least once!
Skillpop started out in Charlotte, NC and recently expanded to Raleigh! When I saw that they were offering a Blogging Basics class, I knew I had to sign up. While I’ve been blogging for over 3 years now (off and on), I still have SO much to learn and a ton of room for growth! I thought the best way to get my blogging mojo back would be to get back to the basics.
Molly (from Still Being Molly) was the instructor, and the class was held at The Nest coworking space in Raleigh, NC. I had a great time not only learning from Molly, but also connecting with other bloggers and soon-to-be bloggers. It was a fun, interactive class and I would recommend it to anyone in the area who wants to start a blog. In fact, Molly has a class coming up on October 6th!
Since I’ve been in the blogging world for a couple of years, a lot of what Molly talked about were things I already knew, but it was still great to reinforce those “blogging basics” in my mind, plus learn some new tips! My favorite activities from the class included brainstorming a blog mission statement and rapid-fire blog post idea brainstorming. I don’t spend enough time coming up with blog post ideas, and I also don’t have any type of content calendar (which is why my blogging is so sporadic). I’m hoping to change that!
I am so happy I took the class & can’t wait to start implementing some of Molly’s tips. I really want to dive deeper into creating a mission statement and explore exactly what I want this blog to be. It’s been hard to fit blogging in with my busy schedule, but I hope that with a little dedication + planning, I can get into a routine and actually blog regularly again!
Want to start a blog of your own or get a refresher on the blogging basics? Download my free Blogging Basics guide! You can also join my free Facebook group, Blogging & The Rest.
Bloggers: What tips do you have for new bloggers (or bloggers-to-be) that work for you? Comment below!