Right now I’m working through some stuff and part of this (recurring) quarter life crisis was questioning the direction I’m heading as a blogger. Ironically, when I signed up for Spark, an e-mail based blogging ecourse Kam of Campfire Chic designed to “rekindle your love of blogging” (so clever), I didn’t know that I was going to be going through another round of questioning and self-doubt. I just signed up because I figured it would help me fall for my blog more. However, it turned out that I REALLY needed it, because on day 3 of the course I was triggered by something that just make me want to delete the whole dang blog. I don’t want to be dramatic or anything, but Spark saved the day.
This isn’t to say that you actually need to be in a blogging funk for Spark to be useful. There are 30 days of action-based e-mails (with extra resources) that, in my opinion, will help you to become more productive in your work, find more joy in your online life, and improve your blog. Because of the way it’s set up–asking you to take 30 small actions that really add up over the course of the workshop–it can help you to clean up your blog and social media and establish habits that encourage more efficient work.
I started the course 30 days ago, so I just received my last e-mail for the course today. But I’m a slow-and-steady-goes-the-race person, so I decided to give myself two days instead of one for each action item. That means that I’ve read the whole course, but have only put into action half of the assignments so far. Most of the action items can be done in 10 minutes, but some of them sparked me to take on bigger projects like cleaning up my archives (which is a BIG undertaking and is still ongoing) and reorganizing my workspace to make it more efficient for my crafting flow.
It’s hard for me to describe how exactly Spark has helped me, because I don’t want to give too much away. I will say that it has helped me to get the distance that I needed from my online life. It’s helped me delete some of the negativity that was weighing me down. It has helped me to make hard-for-me decisions that will help me do what I actually want to do (going down to 3 posts a week for the summer is totally what I need right now). And–big deal–it’s pushed me to work to finish the new Nerd Nest blog design that I thought Jake and I would be done with LAST FALL. (So close!)
The first half of Spark was just what I needed to push me in the right direction and I’m so excited to see where the second half takes me.
I’m an affiliate of Campfire Chic and as such receive a small percentage of any sales made using the links in this post. However, this is not sponsored content: all opinions are my own. I bought and took this course because boy did I need it and am sharing my progress with you because you might need it too.
If you’ve taken Spark, I’d love to hear about your experience with the class!