Why I Conduct Blogging Workshops

blogging for a living

I’ve never really addressed this issue of why I conduct blogging workshops and coaching sessions. Perhaps not even in my book ‘Blogging For A Living’.

In the image above, you see a testimonial written by my coachee for today, Angel Lim, a financial adviser from the firm Zurich.

She is many years my senior (but doesn’t look a day older than me) and is an MDRT qualifier in her field of work.

I am constantly impressed by the people who pay good money to attend my workshops. My workshops are not ‘bloody expensive’ but neither are they ‘dirt cheap’ because I really value my time.

Back to the workshops. I conduct them because they were what I DESIRED when I first started out blogging. And ESPECIALLY when I decided to blog for a living.

If people like Xiaxue held seminars at that time to teach me how to make my blog a success, I would have paid upwards of S$2,000, at the very least.

I didn’t get that luxury of learning from amazing bloggers, so I had to pick up everything the hard way, through trial and error. And oh, I did make some horrendous mistakes. Ha!

So my workshops really help people get started. You really cannot come up with excuses during the workshop. Angel had to put together her blog and ‘About’ page today while I watched like a hawk. Her excuse of having no photos in her new laptop did not sit well with me. I told her to just log into facebook and retrieve a photo. So she did. Her old blog had not a single photo of her – actually, not a single photo of anything.

The session was supposed to be for 2 hours, but it stretched till about 15 minutes more. And even then, she felt she wanted more. 😀 But sorry, I’m actually intraverted – though I’m good with people, I actually prefer to be alone. I love to coach and train groups, but it really drains my energy. So 2 hours is just nice for me.

What Angel got out of this session was a blog she could start working on immediately. We got her ‘About’ page together, her niche figured out, she learnt how to monetize the blog with ads and the part about generating traffic nailed. Plus, I also gave her a roadmap of what sort of blogposts she should be uploading next. She’ll likely not run out of ideas for the next 3 months at least.

Also, I linked her up with my publisher, illustrator friend, and photographer pal, and she is well on her way to publishing her first book. (Though she has the manuscript sitting on the backburner for God-knows-how-long already)

I see my job as helping people get onto the right track and setting those wheels in motion. Yes, they will have to keep those wheels turning and stay focused and motivated. But in any case, I am just an email or Whatsapp message away.

If you want to know the real reason for why I conduct workshops… yes, the money is good, but I am really doing for people now what I wish I had in the past.

And yes, if you are the sort who loves to procrastinate, you should definitely come and meet me. I’ll kick your ass, and you’ll still thank me for it after. 😀

Singapore Blog Awards 2014: WINNERS!

Singapore Blog Awards 2014 Winners[Minister of State, Ms Sim Ann, taking a group ‘wefie’ with all the winners]

It was new faces galore at this year’s Singapore Blog Awards. Only one winner from last year’s Blog Awards won again this year. The rest of the winners in the 9 main categories seemed to be newbies or experienced bloggers who have not won previously.

And here are the 9 winners…

Judges’ Choice categories:

Best Family Blog: Mum in the Making

Best Fashion Blog: Shopping Queen’s Haven

Best Food Blog: Johor Kaki

Best Individual Blog: 女飞侠 (sent representative)

Best Lifestyle Blog: Smith’s Blog

Best New Blog: Travelled Paths

Best Photography Blog: 龟头部落 (sent representative)

Best Topical Blog: Seriously Man

Best Travel Blog: Allyoffduty

Singapore Blog Awards 2014 Winners

They will each receive a trophy, 5D4N trip to the Philippines, a pair of tickets to Alive Museum Singapore and hair care products.

My blogging mentee, Simon, won the Best New Blog award! 🙂 Singapore Blog Awards 2014 Winners Singapore Blog Awards 2014 Winners

{ Check out his blog at www.travelledpaths.com }

Another student of mine, Steven, who blogs at retiredowhat.com, is a finalist in the Best Individual Blog category.

I’m so proud of their achievements! Can’t wait to see them scale greater heights!

I’m looking forward to mentoring even more bloggers. It’s ‘achievement’ on yet another level for me. 🙂