“A woman from China wrote to me to say that she had finally arrived in the US for school. One of the reasons she kept working towards her dream was the inspiration she got from my blog. She realized how much I had helped her to keep the faith in herself through the process. She wanted me to know so I would realize just how powerful my words are, and so I would keep writing.”
~ Julie Daley, blogs at Unabashedly Female
Do you want to inspire people with your blog? You’re not alone. Blogging to inspire is one of the most popular reasons that my clients and students start a blog. It’s why I blog too. In those moments when I wonder, “Why am I doing this?” I’ll get a note like this one:
“I love reading your blog and I’ve learned so much about the Bay Area nonprofit sector from it. I think it’s fair to say that your blog is one of the factors that has inspired me to co-lead this Alternative Spring Break course & trip on social entrepreneurship.” ~ Sophia Tu
Did you know that to inspire means:
- to influence, move, or guide by divine or supernatural inspiration
- to exert an animating, enlivening, or exalting influence on
- to spur on
Or that the word inspire comes from enspiren:
- to fill (the mind, heart, with grace)
- to prompt or induce (someone to do something)
If we’re going to be inspirational bloggers, we have to seek out experiences that inspire us, and create space in our lives to let inspiration move through us, into our posts, and out to our readers.
During this 5-week e-course (April 4-May 2) you will fill yourself up by:
And pour yourself out by committing to:
- a regular writing time
- posting once a week
- capturing bits of inspiration as they happen
- spreading the word about your blog
I’ve been a blogger, and a blogging coach and teacher for the past eight years. As important as design, SEO, good titles, and social networking are to blogging, over and over again I’ve seen, and experienced, that:
- you have to fill yourself with inspirational experiences to be able to inspire others
- the most powerful posts come from the desire to be of service; not from wanting to go “viral”
- whether your readership is big, or small, somebody needs your blog
The more aware we become of the inspiration that is around us all the time, and blog about it, the more we’ll deepen the inspiration not only for ourselves, but for our readers as well.
If you are having trouble:
- figuring out what to write about
- posting consistently
- feeling excited about blogging
Blogging to Inspire will:
- help you feel more inspired and connected to the world around you
- give your blogging focus
- provide structure for a regular blogging practice
Do I need to have a blog to take the class?
Do I need to have blogged for a long time?
Newbies and seasoned bloggers are all welcome!
Will you be covering the technical aspect of setting up a blog?
What format are the lessons? Will I get to interact with other students?
All of the lessons are shared as posts on a private class blog. Class discussions happen with myself, and the other students in the comments of each post. I respond to every comment and question, so you’ll receive lots of personalized attention.
How much time will it take?
About 2-4 hours per week (that’s a little more than half an hour a day!).
Your weekly lessons will be posted on Thursdays (April 4, 11, 18, 25, May 1). Each lesson builds on the next, so it’s helpful to finish each week’s homework before the next lesson goes up. That said, it’s also fine for you to work at your own pace.