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Learn How to Blog From a Reluctant Blogger

I’m teaching another blog class. It’s happening on 13 October at Bridge Books in Maboneng. The class is limited to 10 aspiring bloggers and there are six spots left (as of today, 19 September). You should sign up.

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A couple of months ago I confessed that for the first time in eight years, I was struggling to blog. I had hoped that feeling would have gone away by now but it hasn’t. The feeling is weird and disconcerting.

Perhaps this post isn’t the best place to focus on my current lack of blogging motivation. But then again, maybe it is. This is reality, baby. Blogging is a wonderful form of creative expression but it ain’t no walk in the park.

I like to talk about reality in my blog classes. In these classes, we don’t focus much on making money or building massive social media followings. Instead we focus on ideas. We focus on the best reasons to blog and how to create a blog that’s honest and compelling and emotionally fulfilling for the person who writes it. We talk about how writing a blog can change your life, as it has mine.

We share with each other, eat some nice food, and do a bit of exploring around the neighborhood to draw visual inspiration from the world around us.

I know this is cliché, but I learn as much from my blog classes as the people I’m supposedly teaching. It’s probably just what I need right now.

Blog Class in Maboneng

All my previous blog classes have taken place at the Bridge Books City Central location; this will be my first time teaching it at the newer Bridge Books shop in Maboneng. I’m excited about it because this is a really cool space and Maboneng is a fun place to explore.

Nametsego and Griffy at Bridge BooksNametsego (who works at Bridge Books) and little Griffy do some reading at Bridge Books Maboneng.

The format of the class is flexible and interactive with a lot of discussion between participants. If you’re already a blogger, you’ll walk away with tips and ideas on how to strengthen and grow your blog. If you’re thinking of starting a blog but not sure why or how, I can help with that too.

Let’s help each other.

This is a one-day class and costs R1000. Sign up by registering and paying on this Quicket page, hosted by Bridge Books.

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  • Reply Nikki Brighton September 19, 2018 at 4:58 pm

    Fabulous! Love your honesty – and love Maboneng too.

    • Reply 2summers September 19, 2018 at 8:29 pm

      Thanks 🙂

  • Reply thirdeyemom September 20, 2018 at 3:42 am

    Wow, you have been blogging longer than me. 🙂 I love your blog and your posts. I would really miss it if you didn’t write as you really have a gift. I know exactly how it feels. I have seen visits and comments go down but then again I feel like my blog is a part of me. So maybe I won’t write as much or won’t get many readers, but I don’t think I could ever let it go. Just know you have lots of peeps out there like me who love what you do! 🙂

    • Reply 2summers September 20, 2018 at 10:42 am

      Thanks so much Nicole! Not many people have kept this up as long as we have so I guess we need to keep going 🙂

      • Reply thirdeyemom October 2, 2018 at 10:46 pm

        Yes we do! My blog has become my life journal and journey! Sometimes it gets hard to keep it going as it is so much work but I love it so much I can’t imagine not continuing.

  • Reply Eva Melusine Thieme September 20, 2018 at 3:57 pm

    So interesting what you say about your struggle to blog. I know the feeling well. In my case, it has to do with lack of material – hard to blog about Africa and Joburg when you’re not there! But I also think these things go in cycles. You “grow up” with your blog and learn a lot, and then at some point you might move on to something else. Maybe instead of being disconcerted, you could call it a “book leave” and scale down your blogging while working on a book:-)

    • Reply 2summers September 20, 2018 at 4:09 pm

      I have been thinking about exactly that!

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