Blogging e-courses, books and workshops for a better blog

Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to improve your blog? Or maybe start a blog from scratch?

If it is, you’re definitely not alone!

Many of us want to revamp and re-energise our blogs in the new year so I’ve put together a list of blogging workshops and e-courses to help. Even if you’re an experienced blogger, I think it’s a good idea to take a new course, learn a new skill or read a book to re-motivate yourself. You never know who you’re going to meet or what you will discover!

One of the only ways to keep growing, achieving and developing is to keep learning. It doesn’t matter how old you are, how busy you are or how successful you are, if you stop learning, you’re putting yourself on a path to disaster.

I’m not just talking about professional learning either. I’m talking about learning new skills and hobbies and trying new things for the first time.

Working for myself makes me even more motivated to take courses and learn new things. The world moves so quickly and when you’re not constantly surrounded by colleagues it could be easy to get left behind without even noticing.

Here are just a few of the blogging courses I’ve got my eye on. And, let’s face it, I’m actually just a bit of a geek and really miss uni. Any excuse for new stationary…

Blogging e-courses books and workshops

 

The Blogger Course – £125

Of course, the biggest and the best is The Blogger Course! This is my 12 week course and is for bloggers wanting to take the leap from hobby blogging into professional blogging. It’s about taking things one step further and is ultimately a guide to earning more money through your blog to enable you to blog full time.

 

 

Blogging Courses 2BLOGSHOP – The Photoshop course for bloggers – £192

Whether you’re a blogger or not, this Photoshop course looks brilliant. I’ve read so many positive reviews and I’ve seen how bloggers have massively improved their photography once they’ve done the course.

I used to be kind of purist about photography and I thought editing photos was cheating. And then I realised everyone edits their photos and not editing them is just silly. You can do the course in person (mainly in the US) or online.

 

Blogging Courses 3Travel Writing Workshop – £115

I’ve always wanted to take a travel writing workshop and I’m tempted by this one in central London. You can choose between a one-day course and evening classes.

 

Blogging Courses 4Start Writing Fiction – Free

I signed up to this course earlier in the year but I didn’t get round to completing it. I’m not about to start writing novels but I find fiction writing really relaxing and I think any writing practice can help a blog.

 

Blogging Courses 5DSLR Basics – £60

This is an e-course by the bloggers behind the hugely successful crafting and lifestyle blog, A Beautiful Mess. I find most photography guides to be so boring it’s difficult to follow but this one looks fun and inspirational.

 

Blogging Courses 6Documentary Course – £350

This is an expensive one and takes place over 5 weeks so I’m just dreaming at the minute but this looks like a really interesting course. I’ve said it a million times now that I’m really interested in making videos for The Travel Hack and this looks like a great course to help.

I took the street photography course with City Academy and I really enjoyed it and I think you’d learn loads with a 5 week course.

 

Blogging Courses 7Blog Bootcamp – £253

This blog bootcamp from Secret Blogger Business is one of the few blogging bootcamp courses that looks pretty good. I’m really wary about most of the courses because they’re often run by bloggers with tiny blogs which makes me suspicious.

Enrolment starts in April or May next year.

 

Blogging CoursesThe Dextrous Diva 10 Day Blog Challenge – Free

I’ve actually done this challenge with Jo from Dextrous Diva. If you’re new to blogging or you’re struggling to find time to blog then I would definitely recommend this challenge. Each day for 10 days Jo will send you a little challenge. It won’t take you long, maybe half an hour, but the regular email contact will keep you on track. Experienced bloggers may not find so much value but as it’s free there is no harm in signing up.

 

Books about bloggingHow To Blog For Profit: Without Selling Your Soul – £7.07 or free with Kindle Unlimited

If you have Kindle Unlimited (it’s like Netflix for books and costs £7.99 a month with a 30-day free trial) you can download over 650,000 books, and hundreds of those are about blogging. The majority of them are a pile of shite but ‘How to Blog for Profit’ is a really good read. I’d recommend this for both beginners and intermediate bloggers looking to take their blog to that all important ‘next level’.

 

Blogging Courses 8EPIC BLOG: One-Year Editorial Planner – £10.87

The Epic Blog planner helps you brainstorm ideas for new content but also helps you to set goals and stay on target to achieve them. It includes everything from a blogging business plan, progress reports, income reports, blog maintenance tasks and a weekly schedule. You could create your own planner using Word documents and Excel but I’m a big fan of this handy planner.

 

Are there any courses you’d like to take in 2015?

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Monica is the founder and editor of The Travel Hack. She began the blog in 2009 when she left the UK to travel around Asia and Australia for two years. She's now a professional blogger and has travelled around the world in search of stylish adventure travel. Monica has recently had her second baby and is determined to prove that travelling with a baby is possible!

SHOWHIDE Comments (20)
  1. I like the travel writing and the fiction writing. I write since I remember but never manage to put something together and finish a book. Since its free I may give it a go

  2. Thanks for this list Monica! There are loads of courses here I haven’t discovered yet. I’m particularly interested in the fiction writing one (not just because it’s free!) as I’ve just finished the first draft for my first novel and I’m trying to find all the help I can get to actually finish it!

  3. Another really interesting post, thanks Monica! I am really happy I found your blog, it’s much more interesting than most of the ‘lifestyle’ blogs I usually read as it contains such useful info too!

  4. Thanks for the tips Monica! I’ve been meaning to work with Peter (Travel Writing Workshop) for some time now, but the dates keep clashing. Will look into the other options too. As usual, very helpful 🙂 x

  5. I’m currently enrolled in the Bootcamp run by Secret Blogger Business. It’s very good value considering the cost. It really focusses on taking your blog and turning it into a business. There is another course called Ready. Set. Blog. that is more suited for complete beginners. It’s a very supportive community!

    I’ll have to check out a few more of these resources!

    1. I spotted the Ready. Set. Blog one too and it looks really good. Great to hear the Secret Blogger Business course is worthwhile, especially because it’s such an expensive one.

  6. I love all these tips, definitely checking them out. Especially the Photoshop course and Epic planner, I’m sure they will be very useful! Have you thought of networking at travel conferences to improve your blog? There are a few good ones in Europe this year, like ITB in Berlin (we’re going!) and TBEX in Spain. 🙂

    1. Hey Monique. Yes, I usually go to a lot of networking events. I’ve been to TBEX a few times and I used to work for TBU. I also spoke at the last few Traverse events and always go to WTM in London. I haven’t got any plans to go to any this year because I’m having a baby but I’ll probably end up getting a last-minute ticket for one or two! I hope you have a great time at ITB.

  7. What a great list! I’m also love an excuse to study again…and buy new stationary! I’m definitely taking a look at the book, How To Blog For Profit: Without Selling Your Soul – I’m worried about this at the moment! Good luck with your own studies! 😉

  8. Hi Monica,

    I m a blogger from India. I read your blog, it’s quite useful for becoming a better blogger. Thanks for writing.

  9. Would love to improve on any one of these skills! I think photography and photo editing will be my main objectives this year, I keep hearing everyone rave about Lightroom and I’m itching to get my feet wet. But being the cheap son-of-a that I am, I’ll probably look for free YouTube tutorials!

    Ok so I’m not always cheap, I’m going to TBEX finally so hoping to learn a ton there!

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