Blog Life E-Course FAQs

Blog Life E-Course FAQs Hey, friends! We are SO thankful and excited about the response to our new e-course, Blog Life. This project is something we're incredibly passionate about, so we've been on a business high ever since the course launched. Answering students' questions on the private Q+A board is my new favorite thing to do. :) 

Anyway! As always, we had a lot of questions surrounding the course, so we decided to post a quick FAQ here to address them. 

Q. What is the format of the lessons (e.g., written copy or video lessons?) 

A. All of the lessons are written. You can read them through our website or download our PDF (It's 140 pages long! Eek!) and read them on any device without Wi-Fi, as well. The lessons are pretty long and include homework, so we recommend taking it slow and completing all of your homework for each lesson before moving on to the next. There is a downloadable workbook included that you can use to keep your notes and plans organized! 

There is also a 20-minute video included in one of our bonus sessions on the subject of negativity on the Internet. 

Q. I live outside the US. Can I still take the course? Will I miss anything? 

A. This e-course, and all of our courses, are specifically designed to be friendly to our international readers! There are no timelines or dates you can miss. Your time zone will not affect your class experience at all. As long as you are comfortable reading a course written in English, we recommend it to anyone worldwide! 

Payment is accepted through PayPal, and PayPal will automatically convert your currency for you. 

Q. I took Blog Love a couple years ago. How is this course different? 

A. While we do cover some of the same topics, Blog Life is completely different. It's not just updated; it's completely re-written from scratch. We have four more years of experience now since the first course was written in 2010, and with that comes many more stories and lessons we wanted to share! This course is also about three times longer, word count wise. πŸ™‚

If you took Blog Love, we do offer a special discount to you as a previous student. Just log into the old classroom and look for the coupon code at the very top of the first lesson. If you can't find it or don't remember your password, you can also email us with your old payment confirmation (support AT redvelvetart DOT com). We highly recommend this new course to past students! 

Q. When is the deadline to sign up? Is there a limit of how many students can join? I can't sign up yet, but I don't want to miss it. 

A. There is no deadline or limit, since this is an e-course and not a workshop. It will be continually available all year long. You can join at any time! Once you have joined, you will be able to access the course at any time through your account on our shop site

Q. Will this course teach me how to design my blog layout? 

A. Nope. We have a course coming out this month (in May) that covers that subject. Blog Life covers blog content and brand building. You can read the session outline here, just to be sure what you're signing up for! 

Q. Can I take this course on my PC, iPad, or tablet? 

A. Yes. You can take it on anything you want. It's just like reading a blog, except it's private inside our website. There is also a PDF file you can download inside the first lesson. After you do that, you can read it anywhere you want! 

Q. I haven't started my blog yet, but I plan to. Will this course apply to me? 

A. Yes! There is a lot of information about creating your brand from scratch that will really help you to build a strong foundation. You'll learn to avoid a lot of the newbie mistakes that we made! There will also be content about monetizing that you might not be ready to use just yet, but it's still information you'll want to be aware of now for future planning. 

Q. I've been blogging for years. Will this course apply to me?  

A. Yes! It definitely does. When we wrote the course, we knew that many of our students would be brand new bloggers, and so we were very careful to write for that demographic. With that said, we aren't new, and we share our experiences and lessons learned all the way up to the present date!

I honestly felt re-inspired on so many of these topics while writing the course. I don't think there is any level where you wouldn't still learn a ton, and feel challenged and inspired to take what you have and make it even better! 

Q. I want to be a better blogger, but I don't care about monetizing. Is this course still worth it for me?  

A. I think so. Now, to be clear, there are a lot of sessions about monetizing, and we reference it throughout the entire course. That's not to say that there isn't still a ton of information that applies to hobby bloggers, though. There is a ton of information about brand building, writing, photography, inspiration, and working through phases of burnout. And honestly, even if you don't want to monetize, I still think Trey's sessions would be interesting from a strictly informative standpoint. πŸ™‚ It's good to know what going on around you, even if it's not something you plan to do. 

Q. You should write a book about blogging! Are you planning to? 

A. Nope! (Thank you, though!)

Here's why. So, when you write a book, it takes six months to a year from start to finish. After that, you have to wait nearly a whole year or more for it to come out. The process of getting the book designed, copy edited, and mass produced just takes a lot longer than you would expect. For this reason we have to be aware of how our books are going to age.

The blogging industry is just changing and evolving too quickly for us to write a book. If we started writing our outline today, you wouldn't see the book on shelves for nearly two years, and by then a lot of the information would likely be outdated. 

For this reason we think an e-course is a perfect home for this content for now. We like that we can update it next year if a topic evolves. We LOVE that we're able to offer you something that's fresh and current! 

Q. Do you have any student testimonies I can read? 

A. Not yet, since the course is so new. We do, however, have some reviews that we posted from old classes on similar subjects. With that said, if anyone who is taking Blog Life has a review to share, please send me a link. I'd love to read it! 

Thanks, guys! I hope this was helpful. If you have any other questions that are not answered here, feel free to ask us in the comments, and we will respond ASAP. 

For more details, or to purchase Blog Life click hereYou can also e-mail us anytime at support AT redvelvetart DOT com πŸ™‚ xo. Elsie + Emma

  • This seems so great. I really want to buy it but have a few reservations. I love reading blogs and writing (anything!). I’ve started a few blogs myself and currently have a rather inactive one. Every time I’m about to get into it again, though, unfortunately other things (such as jobs, school, peresonal life) come into the way. I know you have a section called “Managing your Editorial Schedule.” Would you be able to elaborate on whether or not the e-course contents also caters to creating a blog that fits the person’s needs and availability? Or is it more of a “blogging full-time” kind of e-course. I don’t know if my question is clear, thank you so much for this, though! Best, Patricia

  • As soon as my exams are over – which is on Monday – I am downloading this! I cannot wait to study something I absolutely love! These FAQs have made me even more excited.. especially as I’m reading through them during a 5 minute revision break! X

  • I’m absolutely floored by all of the helpful information packed into this e-course. I’ve been blogging for 4.5 years and I’m still learning SO much. This is the best e-course ever, and I recommend it to anyone thinking about signing up. A huge thank you to the entire ABM team for putting so much love and work into this – you guys are awesome!!! πŸ™‚

    xoxo Mandy Leigh
    http://mandyleighblog.com

  • I purchased this course and feel inspired. I really found the section about struggles that you have faced interesting. It made me smile today as I accidentally deleted an entire post and had to start over. I found your video on blog negativity to be the best of the bunch. Katie’s story gave me chills. I think internet safety especially considering children can never be taken to seriously.

    Thanks for the course!

    Jenni

  • This isn’t about Blog Life its about actions. Will you ever come out with a full package of actions for light room?
    Emma

  • Hi Patricia,

    This course is geared toward those who might like to eventually blog “full-time” but it does not assume you are already there. πŸ™‚ There are lots and lots of advice for anyone starting out, looking to expand, just blogging for fun or those who might want to make it a career one day. πŸ™‚

    Hope that helps.

    -Emma

  • I just finished the course yesterday and I completely loved it! I took your Blog Love course and was so pleasantly surprised to see that this one was completely different and had so, so much new and helpful information. I can’t say enough good things about this course! I can’t wait until your Design course comes out as well as your Night Photography course. I took Mastering your DSLR and COMPLETELY loved it and am now so much more comfortable with my camera! Thank you guys for making such amazing classes and having them affordable! You guys are one of a kind πŸ™‚
    Jordyn
    Pretty Lovely

  • I love this course and am thrilled I bought it. I feel like it’s really giving me the focus that I needed and to be honest, I’m having a lot of fun with it!

  • Hey Guys! I did purchase the Blog love last year and no longer have the link for it but I noticed there is a discount if you did have it. How does that work? as I am thinking of getting this e-course to read on the plane haha πŸ™‚

    Thanks!! Tanya Levantard

  • Dear gals, True friendship is when you share what you’ve learned with your other friends–glad I’m one of your friends. My dad often told me when I was growing up that I didn’t always need to reinvent the wheel, that I could learn from the ups and downs of his life…thanks for sharing yours with us! I did your Blog Love and read this newest e-course while on a trip with my husband last week. Although, I’ll probably never be as savvy as you are with this crazy blog world–I appreciate all your inspiration to keep plugging away at it. I think a big piece of anyone’s success is a great support team and you guys seem to have that in spades. Your parents obviously taught you the value of good work habits too. Thanks again! Mary Wilding mytributejournal.com

  • Hi, I’m currently on the third lesson (taking it slowly and digesting it, like you said!) and I was wondering if you had the actual course downloadable, like it is implied in this FAQ. I only found a workbook PDF in the first lesson. Thank you!

  • Awesome Jordyn! Sounds like you are in an amazing learning phase (my favorite phase!) So glad you’re enjoying our courses. :))
    -Elsie

  • LOVING this course so far. It would be cool if you did an updated Dream Job one too, but since blogging pretty much IS your dream job I am assuming that you won’t. πŸ™‚ I would also like to see another home decor course (I took Rachel’s Style Your Space which was awesome) and a course about Project Life! I don’t do art journals (because I’m laaazy) but Project Life is my jam. Maybe a shorter course? I don’t know, I’m just rambling. Not sure if any of this would happen, but hey, one can dream. πŸ™‚

  • I’m so excited to get this! I’ve been blogging part time for about a year now and am comfortable enough with my content to take it to the next level πŸ™‚ I’ll let you know how it goes

  • I bought the old courses and they were awesome! So I’m definitely getting this one to check out the new material. It’s great to read your perspective on blogging and why to follow your passion.

  • I’ve been blogging for years but I’ve never really found what I’m good at and I feel that my content is lacking somewhat. I’m waiting for pay day and then I’m going to get involved with Blog Love. I’m so excited!

  • I just finished my first read-through of the course – I’m sure I’ll be referring to it often in the coming weeks. Blog Life has renewed my blogging optimism, and has helped reconnect me with all the reasons I love the interwebs. Thanks for the much needed boost and generously shared information!

  • Oh I’m soooooo pleased you posted this. Everyday since the e course came out I put it in my basket and then chicken out again as I really want to do it but just can’t afford it this month but didn’t want to miss out. Now really pleased I can relax and pop it in my basket next pay day. You girls read my mind πŸ™‚

  • Just purchased this course and am super excited about getting started! When is the Blog Design course coming out? I’m in the process of getting my blog going so I’m hoping it’s soon!

  • Just wanted to say I absolutely appreciate and value your advice when it comes to blogging. I’m taking the e-course right now and have, in the past, taken almost all of your other e-courses. Love learning with ABM!

    Without giving too much away, when I read that it would be crazy for someone to blog several times a day by themselves, without a team, I realized for the first time why I was so burned out. A huge sense of relief washed over me!

    I am now reworking my schedule, doing some planning, and adding guest posts to the roster this summer. Thanks so much girls! You made me feel like a zillion times better about myself πŸ™‚

    Love and Luck,

    Laurali Star

    http://www.thesecretsurprisinista.com

  • Hi Keisha,

    Sorry. We only accept Paypal at this time. If you sign up for an account you can still pay with your checking account or credit card via Paypal. πŸ™‚

    -Elsie

  • Hi Carina,
    We JUST added the PDF yesterday. You can find it at the bottom of the class home page (where all the lesson thumbnails are!) It’s 140 pages long, so we had to put it into two parts. Eeek!

    πŸ™‚ Elsie

  • Hi!
    We are planning to do Dream Job this fall. Emma and I have a LOT to share about product development and our experiences in retail that we couldn’t fully get into in this course. πŸ˜€ Thanks for the request!

    -Elsie

  • Hi Stephanie!
    It’s coming at the end of this month. We haven’t set a date yet, but it’s getting really close (you’re going to love it!!)
    -Elsie

  • It would be so awesome if you guys would share some of the blogs of your e-course students!! have you come across and cute ones in development?

  • You both know that I’ve been a long-time reader and really enjoy your blog! I took Blog Love and I liked it just fine and all and it did help me grow my blog a bit, but it’s nothing compared to Blog Life! This is exactly what I was in need of and it is great! I’ve been taking my time going through it because I really, really want to see some results the right way. So far, this is a wonderful and helpful e-course! I don’t ever end a lesson with any questions because you both go through the subject so thoroughly. I love it and can’t wait to finish it up (but totally can because I want to take my time. Plus, it’s like a really good book that you don’t want to end!)

    xoxo
    Taylor

  • Hi, Elsie and Emma!

    I just posted a mini review of Blog Life this morning! I haven’t completed the entire course yet, but I have been so helped by the lessons I have read (and re-read), and it has given me such clarity already, that I had to write about it while it was fresh on my mind. (I wish I had done the same thing three years ago when I took Blog Love.)

    The post is like part review/part memoir or something . . . but it was the best way I could figure out to convey how meaningful and helpful your words have been. I thank you from the bottom of my heart!

    Blog Love was what pushed me to finally start my blog, but it has languished for a few years as I’ve tried to find my voice–and the time to dedicate to the blog. I think I’m finding my voice now, and I’ll figure out how to make the time! So appreciative of you two.

    <3,
    amber

  • It is pretty sad that Paypal did not list Nigeria so I cannot pay for this course with Paypal. Slowly getting used to being excluded from a lot of things because I live in Nigeria :{

  • Just started this course yesterday (I did the Blog Love course last year) and I LOVE it. So much new info and the stories of how you learned from mistakes made along the way are super inspiring.

    Can’t wait for the new design and dream job courses <3

  • I think your “Blog Life” e-course is going to be just EXACTLY what I’ve been looking for to set me on the right path to blogging full-time. I started my personal style blog eight months ago as a creative outlet that expanded on something I’ve loved doing for years…”dressing up” on my days off. I’m still working Monday to Friday in a completely unrelated field, but it would be a dream-come-true to turn my hobby into a new career!! I’m pretty confident that I’m on the right track, but I also know there’s a whole lot of stuff about blogging that I still need to learn. I’m signing up ASAP!!

    http://www.StyleIsMyPudding.com

  • I’ve been seriously considering purchasing your course. This post and the comments have helped me to make up my mind to go for it! Thank you 😊

  • Would love to take this course. I did have a question however – does the course cover any SEO training or basics? If not, are there any you’d recommend?

    Also – congrats on all the success!!

  • After reading this post I decided this course would be perfect for me! I just started my blog and I wanted some help to really get it off the ground. Can’t wait to start the course and get some great expert advice. Thanks so much for writing this course guys!

  • I’ve been looking forward to purchasing this course since you first announced it. I’m sorry if you’ve already answered this before and I missed it but how many homework assignments are there? Is it one per section?

    Thanks ladies, I’m always inspired by your posts.

  • Hi ladies!

    I’m so excited about this course and I just started last night. I am trying to find where I download the PDF and the message board?

  • This is super cool!!! My partner and I have scoured the internet for all types of different blog info and this lil program might be perfect for us! I will have to share it with her so we can check it out! Thanks for the post!