Today I’d like to do something a little different and hand the blogging reigns over to one of my students. Naomi of Live FAB Life joined my blogging course + community, Dare to Grow, almost two years ago (back when it was called The Badass Babes Blog Club + E-Course). In that time she’s taken her blog from ZERO to blogging regularly and using her online presence to build her health coaching business. (If you’re thinking about a sugar cleanse, she’s your gal!)
Naomi is here today to share a little bit of what she learned from joining the Dare to Grow course and community.
Tell us about your blog / business.
I’m a holistic health coach. I help fast-paced people who suffer from stress-related fatigue and digestive distress. I teach them health and wellness practices so they can keep striving to reach reaching their goals.
Where was your blog at before starting the course?
When I joined the course, I was starting this from scratch. I didn’t even have my website completed. Sarah gave me valuable input into creating a website and structuring my blog (and blogging process) that was focused on my audience and not on what I thought looked “pretty.”
What was your goal in taking the course?
I had a personal blog for eight years before joining. It didn’t really have any direction and I blogged about random things going on in my life. While I love blogging, I lost inspiration about what to blog about. I hadn’t paid attention to how blogging had evolved. My goal in joining the course was to learn the “new” ways of blogging.
What was the most important change you made?
I was able to create a website that optimized my content by doing things like by getting rid of my sidebar and having a call to action in every page. I learned how to structure an editorial calendar, why I should create content upgrades, and alter my writing voice to be reader-focused. I learned how to utilize social media platforms like Pinterest to promote my blog posts. I continue to learn invaluable tips on how to be more productive in the way I structure the systems and platforms that I use, and get the most of them.
How has your blog/social media/email list grown since taking the course?
I had a personal blog for eight years but never had an email list. When I launched my new blog, I had no idea how to start one. This course taught me how. It’s been an invaluable source for transitioning from personal blogging to blogging for business. There’s a shift in mindset between the two and I struggled with this change at first. Having the weekly chats and forum provided me with the support and community I needed to learn how to do so.
What’s on your blogging to-do list for 2017?
Now that I have built up traffic for my new site, my goal in 2017 is to use those analytics to provide more valuable content that my audience wants to learn. I also would like to experiment with using other media platforms for blogging; i.e., audio and video.
Anything else you’d like to share?
I’ve taken a few other blogging courses. What makes this one different is the support and community. Also, a lot of other people who have courses will abandon their community once their launch is over. Sarah is always in the forum, answering questions and moderating our weekly chat sessions. She’s always willing to share tips, offer advice and support!
If you’d like to join Naomi and I and a bunch of other bloggers, Dare to Grow is open for enrollment NOW for a limited time.
And if you have any questions feel free to shoot me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or leave a comment on this post!