What Your Blog Could Be–And How I’ll Get You There

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“Eventually, I figured out how to install a blog, and that changed everything. A blog is the ideal machine for turning flow into stock: One little blog post is nothing on its own, but publish a thousand blog posts over a decade, and it turns into your life’s work. My blog has been my sketchbook, my studio, my gallery, my storefront, and my salon. Absolutely everything good that has happened in my career can be traced back to my blog. My books, my art shows, my speaking gigs, some of my best friendships—they all exist because I have my own little piece of turf on the Internet.” –Austin Kleon, Show Your Work!

That’s from one of my favorite books. I’d eat it if, you know, books tasted good. {Buy this book now. Thank me later. You’re most welcome.}

I happen to completely agree with Mr. Kleon. {I feel grownup when I call people Mr. or Ms. so-and-so. Weird? Probably.}

My blog has helped me reach a lot of victories: leaving my day job, speaking at the Etsy Success Symposium, getting featured in Where Women Create as one of the top inspirational and educational blogs, getting interviewed for U.S. News and World Report, selling consulting sessions for $495, selling out group coaching programs, and speaking at creativeLIVE this May.

Build a Successful Creative Blog on creativeLIVE with April Bowles-Olin


Time back in: Even better than those other victories, I’ve met some amazing people {online and in person} because of my blog: Mayi Carles, Michelle Ward, Jessica Swift, Kimberly Palmer, Lisa Lehmann, Laura Roeder, Erin Giles…and I could go on until your eyes start to blur over. {Oh, that’s already happening. Whoops!}

The beauty of blogging is that it can lead anywhere.

If you put in the work, you’ll get more than you can imagine out of it.

It’s your online home. A place to inspire others, share your work, connect with people all over the world, get noticed by the big names {hello, Oprah!}, and give something to the world that otherwise wouldn’t be “out there.”

It’s all yours. You can think as big or as little as you want. You can share personal details or keep them to your private self. {I’m wearing a cheetah print tank top right now as I type this. It has sequins on it. Don’t be jealous.}

You’re on board, right?

Because, who doesn’t want to get their creative work in front of the right people, have their products flying off of the virtual shelves, and actually enjoy the process of blogging so much that they’d love to be doing it 16 hours a day. {24 hours would be a bit much. You need to sleep. And, get freaky with your significant other, right? Not to mention pizza consumption and watching Parenthood. All a must.}

I want to help you fall head over heels in love with blogging.



12 Responses to What Your Blog Could Be–And How I’ll Get You There

  1. Mercedes April 2, 2014 at 12:37 pm #

    I am all registered. April, I have a domain and WordPress ready to go but would it be better for us to have started a blog before the class or wait until we learn from you? Mercedes
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    • April April 2, 2014 at 3:56 pm #

      Awesome, Mercedes! I’m so excited you’ll be joining me live.

      You don’t need to already be blogging. Beginners are completely welcome. There are pros and cons to both: 1. If you’re a beginner, you’ll learn a TON on how to make your blog successful from the beginning. However, you might not have as many questions, because you haven’t tried it out yet. 2. If you’ve been blogging, you’ll have more experience to draw from which is always helpful. But, it’s not necessary to get a lot out of the workshop.

      I hope that helps some!

  2. Sage Grayson April 2, 2014 at 7:37 pm #

    I’m so excited to be there live in San Francisco! Blogging has transformed my business, and there are tons of people who could benefit from your workshop.
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    • April April 3, 2014 at 5:36 pm #

      Thanks Sage! I’m excited to have such a friendly face in the studio audience! And, we get to actually meet. How cool? 🙂

  3. Nathifa April 2, 2014 at 8:16 pm #

    So excited. Ill be watching live. I said I wasn’t going to buy any workshops this year so I could save for bschool but I may have to make an exception. You will be awesome!

    • April April 3, 2014 at 5:37 pm #

      Okay, so this makes my day, Nathifa! I hope you loooooove it and get a ton out of it. You’re awesome {regardless of whether you buy or not}!

  4. Nancy April 2, 2014 at 8:39 pm #

    I am looking forward to having the mystery of blogging solved. 🙂

    • April April 3, 2014 at 5:38 pm #

      Yay! I’m looking forward to solving that elusive mystery. 🙂

  5. Sheri April 9, 2014 at 11:52 am #

    Hi April:

    I looking forward in taking your class which I came by through Creative Live. It’s perfect timing as I am learning web design/development, and getting lessons in building a community and great content only adds to a much richer experience for me.

    • April April 9, 2014 at 11:57 am #

      Awesome! I’m so excited to have you “attend.” I hope you get a lot out of it!

  6. Gina April 17, 2014 at 12:37 pm #

    I am looking forward!

  7. Mihaela May 2, 2014 at 7:48 am #

    I am listening to you right now and everything is so useful and it applies to what I am going through. I am grateful to Creative Live for bringing such amazing people as it allowed me to discover you and your site and I can’t wait to read more of what you are doing and offering. Thank you for sharing all this with us!
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