Why Content Brew Rocks

content-brew-course-125-aI blog on a budget, so paying for Content Brew wasn’t an easy decision.  Any time I spend money for one thing, it means I have less money to spend elsewhere.

But I’m so glad I did.

Melissa Culbertson from MomComm made the class worth every penny, and then some.

Before Content Brew

Before taking the class, I had plenty of blogging ideas.  But every time I sat down to write, if felt scattered and disorganized.    I’d write something, only to realize I didn’t have any artwork to INSERT IGNORE INTO the post.  Or, I’d have a great idea for a post, jot it down on a piece of paper, and lose it in my purse for three weeks.

I was also frustrated because I felt like my blog was as scatter-brained as I was.  There were some nice posts, but they didn’t seem to be building a bigger story.

I also want my blog to grow.  I was doing my best to market myself on Twitter and Facebook and Pinterest and Instagram.  But I knew I was missing the mark.

Each night, I’d fall asleep wondering if there was just one more thing I could have done to market myself, just one more tweet, just one more blog to comment on…

As much as I love blogging, it was exhausting.

It wasn’t sustainable.

It was wearing me out because I felt like I was never ever done.  Ever.

During Content Brew (The Class)

It was A-MAZ-ING.

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Melissa did a great job of making the class feel like a community.  I hadn’t expected that.

There were approximately 40 bloggers in the class together.  Most of our communication occurred via a private Facebook group.  We had two awesome chat sessions to pepper Melissa with as many questions as we could.  And unofficially, we got to know each other on twitter.

A few of the blogs were ones I already followed.

(Awesome!  I got to know them better!  And some of them write really really cool blogs I’m in awe of.)

Each day has a hand-out and structured exercise.  Most days had a video tutorial.

I’m deliberately choosing NOT to give you a blow-by-blow of the class.  Melissa worked hard to develop her content, and I respect that.   To quote her,

In Content Brew, you’ll learn how to plan & create fresh content ideas for your blog, Facebook and Twitter. You’ll also learn ways to find content to share and tools to make doing all of this easier. At the end of this course, you’ll have anywhere from a month to a quarter’s worth of content planned out for your blog, Facebook page and Twitter (to a more-limited degree), not to mention a process that you’ll use over and over again.

During Content Brew (Me)

The class took me about two hours each day.  On top of the time it takes to write blog posts and try to market them.  I got behind a bit, but was able to catch up. And I could have done it in less time.  I just wanted to get my money’s worth.

By day two, I could visually see WHY my blog felt so scatter brained.

By day four, I knew HOW to market myself.

By day five, I had limits and had something sustainable.

By day six, I had a newsletter (it wasn’t part of the coursework, they just gave me the courage to go for it!)

By day seven, I had 100 blog post ideas.  I had a plan for a month of content.

After Content Brew

It’s been less than two weeks since I took the class, but here’s how things settled out for me.
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I’ve seen a 20% boost in page-views since the class started.   At least part of that is because I’m doing a more effective job of marketing my blog and engaging others on Facebook and Twitter.

I don’t feel scattered.  I have a plan.  I have a way to keep up with all my ideas.  I have a vision of where I’m going.

I feel like I “finish” each day.  I have a checklist.  As long as I cover the majority of items on the checklist, I’m good.

I have a list of photographs I need to take to go with posts.

(OK, if you’re a regular reader you know this is a huge weakness for me.  I’m pretty light on photos.  I know it’s a problem.  But I also don’t want to pay for stock photos.  I also don’t want to accidentally use a photo that I shouldn’t.  If it isn’t a photo that I’ve taken, it won’t make it onto my blog.  Simple.)

Why you should do Content Brew

If you sign up for Content Brew, you’ll get

  • some great new blogging buddies
  • a fabulous tool for planning your posts
  • a brainstorming tool to come up with new post ideas
  • a tool for managing in-development content, reference material, and more
  • a plan for how to market yourself and grow your audience engagement on Twitter and Facebook
  • access to marketing genius Melissa
I believe in it so much that I signed up for Melissa’s affiliate program.
So if you’re thinking about signing up for Content Brew (or purchasing her DIY Blog Critique Workbook) go for it.  Clicking on one of the affiliate links from this post helps me AND gets you started.

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Go for it.

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Susan Baker
I have a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood and peace in unlikely places. I have two elementary school boys, one nerdy husband, and two cats. I have a strange fascination for bad puns, the color pink, socks, and books. I worry about running out of toilet paper, wine, and chocolate.. I serve an amazing God. I live an ordinary life filled with wonder.
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Comments

  1. {Melinda} Poking around your blog a bit after commenting on the post I found on SITS … I think I’ve found a new blogging buddy! 🙂 We seem to have a lot in common with our approach, goals, etc. I can totally relate to the losing the blog ideas in the purse deal. I wrote a great idea for a vlog on the back on my church bulletin a couple of weeks ago. Only God know where it is now!

    Content Brew sounds awesome … I blog with a partner so I need to talk to her before I commit but if we do, we’ll do it through your affiliate link.

    Have a feeling my landing on your blog was a “God stop.”
    Mothering From Scratch recently posted..no mom is an island: what community means to usMy Profile

    • Ooooh- I like the idea of being a God stop.

      Can’t wait to get home so I can poke around on YOUR blog too. Reading blogs on my iPhone just isn’t the same.

  2. dawnpalsgrove says:

    Great post! I love the sum up. If I wasn’t already convinced to try Content Brew, you definitely would have swayed me. When I sign up, I’ll come here first.

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