Austin, Writing

Blogging Bootcamp 101: Interested in Learning More About Blogging?

I’ve had Hipstercrite for over three years now.

I’ve watched it go from 10 visits PER WEEK to 10 visits every five minutes. Though my traffic is not in the big leagues just yet, it still boggles my mind that as many people read it as they do.

My blog was initially read by one friend and my parents (secretly). After I moved to Austin, the wonderful artists/thinkers/writers/social media stars took me with open arms and got my name out there. I won the Austin Blogger Awards’ “Blogger of the Year” title and have been offered a lot of freelance local (and non-local) writing work. Because of this, my blog grew. Since Austin is so closely connected to LA and NYC and I don’t solely write about Austin, half of my demographic is non-Austinites. During SXSW it completely blew me away when I introduced myself to strangers from out of town and they heard of my blog. I never imagined in a million years my writing would be read by people other than my parents.

I’m not saying this to toot my own horn. The point I’m trying to make is that somehow I got this far and I hope to go further. There is nothing particularly special about me. I’m not a great writer, but I write from the heart and I write every day.

As I’ve traversed this time with my blog, I’ve studied and learned a lot. I made the leap from Blogger to WordPress. I changed my layout (single column to magazine). I play around with all different types of editorial content and mixed media. I’ve talked with other bloggers, web and graphic designers. I’ve learned what sort of content people relate to and which ones they could give a crap about. I’ve learned what sort of verbiage gets someone to click on a link versus skipping over it. I’ve learned when the best times to post are. I’ve learned how to find work through my blog.

I’m still learning more every day, but I’ve garnered a cache of blogging knowledge that sometimes makes my head spin.

Blogging is not rocket science but there is an art to it. Some blogs are designed just as a place to jot down thoughts and have your family and friends read. Some blogs are designed to reach a broader audience.

As my blog grew, I was happy that it reached a broader audience. I get wonderful comments and emails from folks all over the world. Blogging has been such a rewarding, sometimes stressful, experience for me. I’ve met so many wonderful people online and in real life.

AND NOW TO THE POINT: I’ve tooled around with the idea of starting a bootcamp of sorts for newbie bloggers that want to 1.) figure out what their blogging goals are 2.) stay dedicated to keeping their blogging goals 3.) learn how to make their blog grow and 4.) ultimately look at blogging as a joy and not a chore.

I’ve been working on a class lesson and would love to get it off the ground and running this spring.

I wanted to see if this is something you’d be interested in?

Let me know if you’re interested. Or more importantly, if you’re a blossoming blogger, tell me what you’d most like to learn about blogging.

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38 Comments

  • Reply Stan March 20, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Interested. Please include a lesson on blogging for SxSW badges. Seriously, among other blogging goals, this is a perk I want. No shame, no shame.

    • Reply Lauren L. March 20, 2012 at 7:20 pm

      haha.. YES, GIVE ME PLATINUM!!

  • Reply Stan March 20, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Perpetual Potion link…

  • Reply Lauren L. March 20, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    I would definitely be interested in this. I have so many different things I like, but I find it difficult to cohesively write about all of them. Sign me up!

  • Reply Alexandra the Tsaritsa March 20, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    I am always interested in getting the perspective of others when it comes to blogging style and scheduling. Count me in πŸ™‚

  • Reply Jared March 20, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    I would definitely be interested in this. I’ve made several cursory attempts at starting a blog, but I’ve never quite been successful. Even if it’s just a few general tips, it would be helpful for many.

  • Reply Nathan TOups March 20, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    I would sign up. No questions asked.

  • Reply Dawn March 20, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    I’m a big fan of your writing and would love to hear your perspective on all this – I’m in!

  • Reply Jamie Laing March 20, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    YES PLEASE x

  • Reply Jessica March 20, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    Interested for sure!

  • Reply michaela March 21, 2012 at 12:33 am

    Me!

  • Reply Tracie β™₯ March 21, 2012 at 4:13 am

    Yes, please! I would love to take a class with you, Lauren! I need technical & spiritual guidance for these ideas in my head and heart! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Amy @ What Jew Wanna Eat March 21, 2012 at 4:23 am

    Me too! I would like to know how to use all this crazy social media stuff kids are using these days.

  • Reply christine March 21, 2012 at 5:21 am

    definitely! it was nice to meet you. i forget if i mentioned this but I am a rookie blogger and would love your thoughts

  • Reply Ari March 21, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Sounds like a great idea. We recently began running a blog as well and while we’ve seen gains and are happy with the progress, I’m sure we could be doing better. Your expertise would be helpful and much appreciated. ourpangea.wordpress.com

  • Reply Whitney March 21, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Totally interested!

  • Reply Nicole March 22, 2012 at 2:58 am

    Extremely interested! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Kristy Lynn @ Gastronomical Sovereignty March 22, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    yes! i’d love to check it out!

    as a blogger, i’d like to learn how to grow my blog more as well as how to create buttons, banners, etc… the more customization we can do, the more it will be from the heart and “ours”, ya know?

  • Reply Alila March 23, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    I would be interested. I keep saying that I want to restart my blog but am at a loss as to what I want to focus in on now.

  • Reply Kid In The Front Row March 24, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Cool idea. You’re possibly my favourite blogger.

  • Reply Drew G March 25, 2012 at 12:01 am

    Very interested!

  • Reply Kate March 26, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Bring it on! I would like to stay true to my writing style while maintaining a certain brand feel.

  • Reply Jim Trainer March 29, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Yes and yes. Very interested. Can I send you what I would be interested in learning or should I just post it on here?

    Looking forward to it!

    • Reply hipstercrite March 30, 2012 at 12:40 am

      Hi Jim! You can post here, if you’d like!

      • Reply Jim Trainer April 11, 2012 at 4:12 pm

        Howdy!

        Alrighty. I am interested in several of the points you mentioned. Such as:
        -verbiage that prompts more clicks
        -the best times to post
        -how to find work through your blog
        -reaching a broader audience
        Generally, I’d like to get my readership up to rockstar levels, develop some kind of authority or voice-a column and parlay that into more work and a web presence.
        The only thing different from what you already mentioned is a current quandary: what to post and what to hold on to, to be submitted elsewhere. Generally I guess this is a “type of content” issue/question.
        Thanks!

  • Reply James March 30, 2012 at 3:19 am

    I’m very interested. I’m going to start looking for work in the PR/New Media/Writing fields and I feel this would definitely help me.

  • Reply Lauren March 30, 2012 at 4:16 am

    I’d love to take the class! And as a blossoming blogger and someone that shares the same name, I think I could learn a lot from u πŸ™‚

  • Reply Emily Ann April 3, 2012 at 12:05 am

    I would totally take a class from you…online unless you wanna do a special appearance in Iowa πŸ™‚ You are the first and only blog that I’ve gotten into reading habitually.

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