As a perpetual student, there's nothing that makes me more happy than taking a class in something that I absolutely love. In the past, while seeking to improve my skills I've taken classes in painting, (now I really want to learn gouache) music, (so I haven't picked up my uke in a while, but I do have it...) roller derby, (which resulted in a fractured kneecap but was a BLAST,) yoga (which I totally dig,) pilates (which I totally don't...my core SUCKS) and so many more. I've learned in this time that while I love to take courses with other people, I don't always have the time, money, or interested friends to join me. This is where e-courses come in.
When I started this blog I had an idea of what I wanted it to be; the only problem being my complete lack of knowledge of what a personal blog really entailed and contained. (How to start it, what is should say, look like, etc.) This is when I really started learning about e courses specifically aimed towards people just like me by the bloggers that I found SO inspiring, also playing into my love of learning through classes. Blogger courses turned into photography courses which turned into arts and crafts courses....you get the idea. I'm addicted. I wanted to share with y'all some of my favorites that I've been taking over the past couple of years that have really helped to focus my blog, increase my creativity, and serve as amazing inspirations. Isn't learning FUN?
For my very first e-course Indie Blogger e-course from Elizabeth of Delightfully Tacky and Tieka of Selective Potential. This is SUCH a great resource for a super-newbie blogger who isn't incredibly knowledgeable about the mechanics of a blog, as well as the really Blogging 101 questions that I had.
My favorite weeks: Blog Design and Photography.
If you're going to ask my the person who has reaped the most of my hard earned money for e courses, you know it's gotta be Elsie & Emma over at A Beautiful Mess. The sheer amount of e-courses the offer makes me giddy! I successively bought Blog Love days after buying the Indie Blogger Course and couldn't have been happier with it. (And as always, I'm completely inspired by the always amazing photos that Elsie takes. Really, it's reason enough to buy this little guy.) I found this course most helpful when really deciding on the focus and style of my blog.
My favorite sessions: Finding Your Online Voice & Photography for Bloggers
Y'all know my total adoration for miss Kaelah Bee over at Little Chief Honeybee so naturally I had to buy her PR and Marketing ebook basically the second she released it. This bad boy was especially helpful to my once I'd sort of found my blogging voice and had a clearer picture of where I wanted my blog to go. I find myself constantly referencing this book whenever I am ready to take the next step (like my recent addition of sponsors!)
My favorite chapter: Reaching out to brands
Shocked that Elsie shows back up on here again? Not really I know. :) If you've known me for very long at all you know that I used to be a huge fan of scrapbooking up until college, when, in Missouri, you inevitably create approximately 100 21st birthday shot book pages for friends and sorority sisters. Needless to say, I got a little burnt out. I'd been seeing a lot of art journaling on various blogs and decided to take a chance with Elsie and Rachel's Art Journal All Year e-course. I've gotta say, it's awesome. There is a prompt for every week including both journaling and art challenges and it's totally got my creative juices flowing. I haven't had time to really dedicate each week, but I'm slowly but surely filling up my journal. (I can't wait to share it with y'all!)
Speaking of Red Velvet ladies, Rachel of Smile and Wave has an amazing e-course Style your Space all about creating a beautiful and unique home. Since I started reading her blog, I've been swooning over the posts where she features her home and unique collections, especially because we have incredibly similar home decor style. (helloooo anyone who loves vintage sheets gets a gold star in my book!) I'm still going through this course, excitedly making lists and plans for my next new place, but I can say with total confidence that this course is TOTALLY worth it. (Plus there are some amazing homes featured from other bloggers AND home DIY's...what's not to love?)
As some of you may remember, one of my goals for 27 was to learn how to crochet, and with the help of Dana over at Crafty Minx I am totally on my way to being a crocheting wizard! (Or a really good headband-maker...who knows.) Dana offers a totally awesome crochet school e-course that takes you through all of the steps, yarns, hooks, stitching... it's amazing. What makes it even better? She offers both right and left handed videos for those of us southpaws who hate having to decipher right handed directions. (And can I say that she has the greatest video tutorial voice ever without sounding totally creepy? No? Sorry Dana.)
Price: Totally FREE. Dana rocks.
There are a few more courses that are catching my eye lately, I'm thinking these are definitely going to be purchased soon...
* Elizabeth also has a new e-course out called Lovely Brave, a more introspective course about becoming the women we want to be. It sounds pretty amazing.
*Sarah over at Arrow & Apple has an e-course called The Study of Light totally dedicated to...you guessed it...lighting and photography! I have struggled with indoor lighting especially and am SO excited to take this course. It's a little pricier than I normally do, but I can't pass it up!
*Kara from I Just Might Explode offers a class, The M, covering switching your DSLR over to Manual photography.
* Jill, Kyla, and LA released Indie Compass not too long ago all about approaching creating your own indie business.
*Katrina is going to be doing a CSS and HTML course soon that I'm definitely going to be signing up for.
Do y'all have any suggestions for fun e-courses to try out/? Leave me some in the comments! xoxo Fearsy