Quoted from my good friend and blogger The Local Cook
Lesson Learned: Be a Smart Blogger
Blogging is big business, and in the world of the internet, it's important to do your homework. If you are thinking about taking a workshop or spending money on improving your blog, you'll want to ask the following questions:
- What are the credentials of the person offering the service / workshop? Are they successful? In what niche?
- What are previous participants saying? Can you contact them to see if they are satisfied?
- What are the refund policies? Are the benefits of the workshop specific and clear?
- Is it too good to be true? It probably is
This is something that I probably should have asked myself after attending an online blogging workshop, but as the saying goes "Hindsight is always 20/20".
This week I have felt angry, disappointed, frustrated, and yes shafted. I felt as if I had been taken advantage of and used for someone else's amusement and personal gain. The bad part is it was not just me who felt this way or this happened too. It was a group of us 15 ladies, bloggers; with families, jobs, husbands, children, bills and lives of our own... Serious about becoming good bloggers, finding our way in this big community, and possibly using our blogs to somehow build a brand, a business, our lives. Everyone of us are different, but yet we had 2 common goals. Get to know each other, and gain knowledge that would help us.
We were promised that we'd receive information on things that we didn't know about. Did we receive that information? In a short answer, no. What we received were a bunch of excuses, accusations, and to put it bluntly a load of bulls***.
I thought long and hard about writing this blog and at one point I wasn't going to. It was when I heard the stories of the other women in our workshop class and the fact that our class hadn't finish, wasn't going well, and she had started to open registration for another workshop charging more for that one than she did for ours is when the red flag came up. I feel the need to put out there that you ARE NOT going to get what you paid for out of this workshop and then ask what the problem is, when you want a refund, ask for a refund, or for things to go more smoothly, all you will get is a run around.
I for the first time in my life cried over goings on in the blogesphere and that my friends was not a good feeling.
The workshop I attended was with The Lady Blogger Society. It was called the Lady Bloggers Circle, ran by Stepfanie Bishop. The link is not working as she is providing maintenence on the site. I won't even get into that.
If you are thinking about attending this workshop I advise you to think long and hard about the things I just wrote. I am here to answer any questions you may have, as are the other ladies that were in the workshop with me. Notice one of the questions above are "what are the previous participants saying?". By the way, this would have been Week 3 of said workshop.
Just know that this workshop does not get my seal of approval. If you couldn't tell already... Ha!