Have you ever wondered...
Why doesn't anyone read my blog?
I've run out of ideas for blog posts. Where do I get good ideas?
How do I keep this thing going? People say “be consistent”and “engage your readers” but how?
How do I make my blog something I'm proud to share and show off?
How do I promote my work on social media without selling out?
Where do I find strong images for my blog that don't cost anything and don't break copyright rules? Is that even possible?
Welcome, Clumsy Bloggers. This is for you.
I was a Clumsy Blogger too, asking all these questions for years. stumbling around learning the answers the hard way – trial and error, frustration, dead-ends, Google, conferences, and lots of late nights in front of my computer screen.
This is the part where I'm supposed to make big promises about how the Clumsy Bloggers' Workshop is going to CHANGE YOUR LIFE and get you ONE GAZILLION PAGE VIEWS and QUIT YOUR JOB. I'm not going to do that.
I will say this: I've learned a lot about blogging – from growing my own blog and from building blogs for many of my fellow writers. And in this course, I will tell you everything I've learned.
I can also guarantee you this: You will learn a lot. I cover everything you need to know to succeed in blogging. And I've written this course as if we’re sitting in a coffee shop talking about something we are both passionate about.
When you finish the Clumsy Bloggers' Workshop, you'll have all the information and resources you need to set up a professional-looking blog, fill it with quality content, spread your posts via social media and mailing lists, and grow your online community.
WHAT TO EXPECT
The Clumsy Bloggers' Workshop is an eight-week ecourse – one new lesson each week. Start whenever you want and work at your own pace. Over the next eight weeks you'll learn about:
Lesson 1: Design & Layout
Lesson 2: Consistency & Content
Lesson 3: Titles, Formatting & Comments
Lesson 4: Images
Lesson 5: Social Media
Lesson 6: Mailing Lists
Lesson 7: Monetization
Lesson 8: Wrap-Up & Free Stuff!
Each lesson is super-practical, written in a conversational style, with plenty of examples – images and links scattered throughout each lesson.
At the end of each lesson, you will find a 2-3 page printable PDF of action steps to help you apply what you've learned. If you need more on a particular topic, you’ll appreciate the list of Resources I compiled for each lesson.
When you complete the course, I'll hook you up with a bundle of free stuff to help you keep being awesome: ebooks from Ed Cyzewski and Ashley Hales, an exclusive audio download of "Confessions of a Clumsy Blogger," image credits from Lightstock, and more!
Because blogging is best done in community, I've created an exclusive Clumsy Bloggers' Facebook Group. When you enroll in the Workshop, you'll gain access to the group where you can ask questions, post your own blog posts for feedback, and connect over 300 fellow Clumsy Bloggers, including me!
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
“I’ve already told everyone I know who either has a blog or is thinking about a blog to take this class. It is entirely worth it.”
"I seriously can't believe how helpful this has been for me!! Thanks so much for doing this, Micah!"
"Loads of great information in a really easy-to-read format. Lots of good humor thrown in and great examples used. If you're serious about getting your blog up and going, take this course. But don't expect everything to change overnight. You've got to work for it!"
"Thank you, Micah, for THE biggest lesson in writing I've ever had. It was totally worth every minute."
"Thanks Micah. You have developed a great training class. It was very easy to follow and understand. It did not make me feel intimidated to reach out and learn."
"It's worth every penny. If you have words that are important enough to be shared, then they deserve to be shared well. Micah gives you the tools you need to do just that. I haven't implemented everything yet, but I'm really happy with the changes I've made already. I also have the knowledge and confidence I'll need to continue making my blog better as I keep writing."
"The lessons are really good and each one sort of builds on the next one. Take the time to finish the course. You'll learn so much. Best of luck!"
"Thanks for creating the Clumsy Bloggers' course. I sure needed the help; I know others do too. There are a million obstacles and distractions that trip us up. You stripped away the unnecessary and handed me a realistic list of action steps."
A BIT ABOUT ME
I started my first blog over ten years ago, back when Xanga was cool. All my friends said "It's just a fad, you won't stick with it," but for several years, through my early twenties, I wrote regularly on that site – stories from my life, photography from my adventures around the world, and essays on my evolving political and religious views.
I started another blog in 2012, Redemption Pictures, with no specific goals or strategies; I just had a few thoughts I wanted to put out there.
In 2012, I had over 30,000 views on that little Wordpress blog.
In 2013, I had over a million views.
In 2014, I had over a million views again.
Since 2012, I've been invited to write for to Deeper Story, the Huffington Post, Thought Catalog, and RELEVANT Magazine. I also appeared on HuffPost Live and spoke at the Faith and Culture Writer's Conference.
Sounds easy, right? But here’s the truth: I was clumsy. I redesigned my blog several times, tweaked it, crashed it, and learned from a lot of mistakes. And in spite of that, I had a lot of fun too.
A few years ago, my friends started asking me to help them build their blogs. And that's how I wound up being a full-time blogger / designer / coach today. Since then, I've gotten to build sites for some of my favorite authors and speakers; folks like Sarah Bessey, Jen Hatmaker, and Erika Morrison.
I love what I'm doing and am passionate about helping other bloggers have success (and fun!) too.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Who is this course for?
This course is for anyone who wants to learn more about blogging. Maybe you are just starting out and want to build a solid foundation. Maybe you have been blogging for a while and want to see more traffic, more interaction, more community growth. Either way, this is for you.
- How long will this course take?
This course is designed to take eight weeks. You will unlock a new lesson every week, which should take a few hours to complete. You will read the lesson materials, fill out the Clumsy Bloggers' Worksheets, and apply the changes to your blog.
- When does the Workshop start?
The workshop starts when you want it to. As soon as you enroll, you gain access to the Introduction and Lesson 1. Every week after that, you will get an email notifying you that a new lesson is available. Just click the link to log in and view the week’s new lesson.
- How long will I have access to the lessons?
Forever! Once you’ve unlocked a lesson, you can review it again any time – even after the eight weeks are completed. The Clumsy Bloggers' Workshop will be a resource you can revisit often as you grow as a blogger.
- What do I need in order to take the course?
This is a very practical, hands-on course for building a blog, so you'll need a blog to work with as we go. I recommend Wordpress, but if you already have a blog on another platform (such as Blogspot), that's fine. Each lesson includes printable PDF worksheets, so you'll want a printer and a pen too. I'd also highly recommend a journal or notebook – an important tool for any writer.
- Is this a religious course?
No. The principles of the Clumsy Bloggers' Workshop apply to any blogger, no matter your focus. My own blog is a religion and spirituality blog, so many of the examples I use will come from that corner of the blogosphere. But I've worked with clients from many different backgrounds – coaches, photographers, authors, speakers, and entrepreneurs.
- What if I don't learn anything?
I'm confident that this course is exactly what you need to reach your personal blogging goals this year, but if for any reason you are unsatisfied I will happily issue you a full refund.
Questions about this course? Contact the creator.Micah J. Murray