Blog School: Lesson One: What Do You Stand For? And On Which Platform?

Welcome to Lesson One of Blog School! I am so pleased to have so many students!  Do sign in via the comments when you attend this post!

Blog School is a free weekly guide to blogging, starting from the ground up. We’re going to talk about all the blogging basics, things like where to start, design, content, inspiration, consistency, images and social media. And we’re going to talk to other great bloggers too, and find out how they blog and why they blog, too!

I recommend you take notes on each class (print these posts out and file them together if that helps!)  So grab your notebook, sharpen your pencils and let’s go!  I’ve made you some little prompt sheets too. You can print those out if you would like to!

JustB Blog School has its own Facebook group too.  You can find that here. I’d love you to join! It will be a great place to learn from each other and grab any printables or downloads!  Everyone is welcome.

Let’s get started. Have you sharpened your pencil?!  Got your socks pulled up?! Class is in session!

What do you stand for?
Blogging can mean different things to different people and our Blog School is all about blogging in your own style about the things that interest you.  Why do you want to write a blog?  Maybe you want to showcase your writing and self publish online.  Possibly you want to share your amazing collection of pet rocks with the world?  Perhaps you have creative leanings and want to keep a visual diary and document your makings?  Perhaps you love taking photos and you want to share them with family or other image loving types?  Maybe you are an expert in a particular field (fish tank cleaning? rocket science?) and you want to share your knowledge and create a community? Or perhaps your blog will be an online diary of stuff that happens to you, just like the old lock-up variety. That’s good too.  All of those are great reasons to begin blogging.  Maybe you don’t know why you want to blog.  It’s okay. I will help you work it out.

Here’s some homework!

Pin this above your workspace and write your homework in your notebook.  Be sure to keep your homework safe and sound to help you focus on your kind of blogging!  Your answers are also great cues for research, questions to me (or others in our Facebook group!) and further reading, too!

On which platform will you stand?!
It’s okay. There is no diving board or medal ceremony. It’s not that kinda platform.  We’re talking about the sites or ‘platforms’ that blogs live on.  There are lots of online blogging ‘platforms’ that are simple and free to use.  When I started out I was blogging on the old Myspace.  Shame and its ugliness forced me on to Blogger… and then on to WordPress, where I am blogging now. Many great blogging platforms are FREE.  Cool, huh?!

If you are blog-curious, you can also take a peek at Squarespace, Posterous, Tumblr and Typepad.  We’ll mostly be talking about WordPress and Blogger here, though.  In my opinion, Blogger and WordPress are both great. Both have millions of happy users.  Both are really easy to use.  And both are easy to customize. I think BOTH platforms are rad.  I’ve enjoyed finding my way around WordPress over the last couple of years, but I do feel that Blogger is my first love! Have a look at both and see which one appeals to you.

(Are you making a blog to share with your family and friends only?  That’s okay  too.  Both WordPress and Blogger blogs can be kept private, if you so choose, JUST like a lock-up diary.  Maybe you are the shy type and you are not ready to share?  When you set up your blog simply set it to private.  Here’s how for WordPress.  Or be a private Blogger blogger.)

If you are thinking of growing your blog into something BIG (!) or business-y, it’s really best to start with WordPress because it has useful functionality for busy blogs (multiple author profiles, easy to use galleries and more!)   The final choice is yours, but here’s some opinions from esteemed bloggers to help you along…

“WordPress is the granddaddy of blogging software (not only that, because it is so easy to use behind the scenes, many businesses now use WordPress to build their company websites, regardless whether or not they have a blog).” Yvonne Adele and Trevor Young, The Reach Kit

“Blogger is a super easy to use site with in-built community via the Blogger Follow Widget and lots of varied templates that you can customise yourself. It’s owned by Google and is part of the stable of Google products you might use (Gmail, Google Plus, Google Docs, Google Calendar.) It’s pretty rad and fun to use.” Pip Lincolne, Meet Me At Mike’s *a-hem!*

How To Sign Up and Start Your (Free) Blog:
Here’s how to sign up for a Blogger blog.
Here’s how to sign up for a blog.

Why don’t you sign up, set yours to private and start experimenting?  There are lots of how-tos on YouTube if you want to work ahead of the class.

Try blogging smaller!
A traditional blog like Kootoyoo, The Design Files,  Meet Me At Mikes, Styling You, Edenland or Foxslane is a GREAT way to start blogging. There’s lots of scope for expression, information, customisation, community and growth and you can create a really good-looking blog filled with rich, readable content.

But you can also look at social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter as a way to blog too.  Perhaps you don’t want to take on too much and a blog seems out of reach. Or perhaps you want to add to what you are doing on an exiting blog.  Shake it up and rethink it!  Publishing great content to social media sites is a form of micro-blogging and it’s a great idea.  More and more, social media is our pocket guide to life. Social media micro-blogging is a super easy way to be seen, chat widely and become a daily habit on the platforms people visit super regularly.  This kind of mini-blogging is a great way to establish relationship in the online world, or extend your readership.  It also helps to create deeper intimacy and rewarding (nice! fun! interesting!) relationships with your community/readers.

How to do it! :  Maybe you want to Instagram a daily image of your work or life or something that inspires you?  Perhaps you want to send out little bites of information via Twitter?  Or maybe you want to try blogging via Facebook, sharing images and information to as a Page (which is public) or a person (which can be private).  Or perhaps you want to blog visually and create beautiful boards on Pinterest (which you can share or publicize – or not! – via other social media platforms too!)

There are lots of ways to blog. And lots of different platforms.  How deep would you like to dip your toe?!

Here’s some extra homework! You can keep your answers to yourself or you can answer in the comments!

I promise the first is the worst, lesson-wise, because there is a lot to go through. Each week we’ll discuss something new and go over some practical skills.  In Week 2 (next week!) we’ll talk about CONTENT and what you might want to fill your lovely blog up with.  And, in Week 3 we’ll talk DESIGN & IMAGES. Online resources for storing and editing them. How to make your images more engaging. Good looks for blogs. How to add text to images. Photoshop for beginners… And even more great bloggy stuff.

I hope you’ll come back then!  Do do a little bit of homework, if you have time. If you don’t that’s okay.  I don’t mind.  You can just read along and sneak a peek over on Facebook from time to time too!  (All the worksheets/prompts are uploaded to the Facebook group  too, in case you want to grab them there!)

See you soooooon, bloggers!

xx Pip

All worksheets and printables are by Pip Lincolne

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  • Stacie

    Hi Pip! Thanks for the lesson x

    • Pip @ JustB

      Thanks for coming to class, Stacie! x

  • Amanda Ward

    Thanks for the first lesson Pip – I found it very useful and has certainly given me something to think about…shall I start off small and just dip in a toe? Or shall I just dive straight in big style and see what happens? Hmmm…all this pondering so early in the morning requires some coffee….

    • Pip @ JustB

      I think you will know the answer. I am a DIVE IN girl, but maybe you are a toe dipper. That is good too! x

  • Justine

    Fab Pip. You continue to astonish and amaze me with your skills and chutzpah!

    • Pip @ JustB

      AW! THANKS! I think it’s good to TRY hard and SHARE lots! x

  • Louise M

    thanks Pip!! looking forward to the weeks to come! I have many favourite blogs, those with amazing photos telling stories are the my favs!

    • Pip @ JustB

      Oh yes! Have you seen this lovely blog? > It’s one of my very favourites!

      • Louise M

        oooo no i haven’t! beautiful photos! thanks :)

  • Emma Short

    Thanks Pip, lots of really helpful information!

    • Pip @ JustB

      Feel free to ask questions here or in the FB group! I will do my best to answer them as quickly as I can! x

  • kootoyoo

    This is great Pip! How lucky I am to have been blogging along side you all this time. x

    • Pip @ JustB

      AW! I am the lucky one, Kirsto! xx

  • Lee

    Great info thanks Pip!

    • Pip @ JustB

      Thanks for popping in! I am so pleased you did! x

  • Sarah wayland

    Ive printed out the first note about what I want to do and why I want to do it….I started blogging over a year ago but I still ask myself these things everytime I post. Now I might finally get some answers. Thanks for putting the info together so nicely Pip x

    • Pip @ JustB

      Oh you are WELCOME! I hope it is helpful! xx

  • Suzy Francis

    Thanks, I will definitely be following your blog school. I’ve been blogging on blogger for about 18 months now but I’m in the process of making my own Website and blog with WordPress and feeling a bit overwhelmed and coming up blank with content despite knowing what I want to do!

    • Pip @ JustB

      Oh that’s good feedback. We can all brainstorm content ideas together. Perfect! x

  • Maxabella

    Awesomeness, Pip. Hopefully we’ll soon get to meet lots and lots of lovely new bloggers. x

    • Pip @ JustB

      It’s a bit exciting!!!

  • Max

    Here Miss! Great questions and be good for me to pin myself down and actually answer them instead of just having vague wonderings…thanks!

    • Pip @ JustB

      I think it’s quite GREAT to pin yourself down a TINY bit sometimes! xx

  • Karen

    Pip, I can’t get over how generous you are in running Blog School. I wish something like this was around when I started blogging almost two years ago. I’m going to sit in, I feel like there’s so much I still don’t know. You’re a champ! Cheers x

    • Pip @ JustB

      Aw! YOU are a champ! Thanks for cheering me on! x

  • StacyTas

    This is awesome, thanks Pip.. Will soon be venturing into the blogging sphere after finishing my degree tomorrow ! *Happy dance*

    • Pip @ JustB

      Eeeep! One more day?! YAY! x

  • Wendy Buckley

    Present! ; ) Can’t read it yet – I’m at work! I shall be back in my lunch break!

    • Pip @ JustB

      Hi Wendy! I’ve marked you PRESENT! x

  • Jo

    Thanks Pip, just what I needed to inspire me. I’ve been thinking on and off about starting a blog, but didn’t know why or how. Fantastic food for thought, inspiring! Jo x

    • Pip @ JustB

      You can do it! Bit by bit. Just take baby steps! x

  • jessica crawford

    thank you so much! i will be here again next week!

    • Pip @ JustB

      Oh thanks for coming, Jessica! See you then! x

  • Louise M

    I thought I would do this weeks homework in a blog post!!! here it is >

    • Pip @ JustB

      It looks amazing! Well done YOU! I loved reading your answers! x

  • CJ

    I’m looking forward to reading more – thanks Pip!

    • Pip @ JustB

      I hope you find it interesting! xx

  • Yvonne Adele

    This is really very clever. And ace. Hip Hip Hooray! Well done Pip.

    • Pip @ JustB

      Aw! Thanks for your input Yvonne! It’s totally appreciated! Feel free to pipe up whenever you like! xx

  • Felicity Macqueen

    Perfect timing…thanks Pip :)

    • Pip @ JustB

      You are SO welcome, Felicity!

  • Lizzie Wright

    im here too : ). thank you so much for creating a FREE blogging school! so great! ive been reading your blog pretty much daily for a few years now. you inspired me to start my own blog, which i started back in 2009? (a while ago…) and have been all over the place with my posts. i think your blogging school will be the thing that gets me blogging regularly. yay! thanks so much! xx

    • Pip @ JustB

      Oh great Lizzie! You’ve got somewhere GREAT to start! (Thanks for reading my blog!) x

  • anewkindofwonderful

    Love lesson one and I am already rethinking my blog! :)

    • Pip @ JustB

      Thank YOU!!!! xx

  • Raylee Syrch

    thanks pip……..i am always scared of making mistakes as i don’t always know what i am doing……so the private blogging would be very helpful to build my confidance

    • Pip @ JustB

      Great. It’s a great way to start. Also… it’s okay to make mistakes. i do it a lot!!! xx

  • Veggie Mama

    I’ve truly gots to get my butt to WordPress. Soon… SOON!

    • Pip @ JustB

      I am enjoying WordPress! JustB is on WordPress and so is my own blog, now! x

  • Veggie Mama

    PS can I join the FB group?! It appears someone’s gotta invite me :(

    • Pip @ JustB

      Hey lady! Just ask to join over on the Group Page. xx

  • Jess Benson-Egglenton

    Even though I’ve been blogging for a little while now I still consider myself a bit of a novice so tips like this are always handy! I can tell I’m going to like this blog school thing :)

    • Pip @ JustB

      Oh GREAT! Every week will feature prompts to get you thinking AND practical advice too! x

  • Jodie

    I just posted for the second time so I’m looking forward to expanding my skills via your blog school. Thanks for doing this.

    • Pip @ JustB

      Congratulations on Post Number Two! x

  • Alittlespacelikehome

    such great pieces of advice

    • Pip @ JustB

      Thank YOU! x

  • http:/

    Thanks Pip, I will be following along each week. I thought when I started to blog, I would keep it to mainly about my sewing and most recently my knitting adventures. However I think I will introduce a bit more about myself and our lives. I do find it hard to write in a way that shows my true personality. So look forward to your tips to help us to blog better. I enjoy reading your blog. I do look forward to lesson 3 in particular, learning about design and images, photos are my downfall I think. Maybe a bit late for homework now but will be on to it!! See you next week! Ren

  • handmade by amalia

    This is great! I wish I had something like this when I started my blog. I’ve been blogging for the better part of a year now and am more advanced now but there is still a lot to learn and I’m especially looking forward to the third week. Thanks!!!

    • Pip @ JustB

      Fantastic! I’m going to publish a list of content ideas next week, so that might be a good thing for established bloggers! xx

  • Vanessa Chow

    This is awesome, thanks so much for sharing Pip. You taught me how to crotchet and now I’ll learn how to blog here. Looking forward to the next class.

    • Pip @ JustB

      Yay! I am so glad to be helpful! x

  • Rachel Long

    Thanks Pip. I’ve never known quite where to start and have been putting it off. This is going to be so helpful. :)

    • Pip @ JustB

      How ACE. You are in the right place, Rachel! x

  • Georgina Clarke

    Officially signing in- thanks Pip!

    • Pip @ JustB

      Welcome to class, Georgina! x

  • Astrid J

    I’m nervous about joining up, perhaps it’s the excitement of starting my blog project. This is a great way to bring my out of my shadow and pick up great advice.

    • Pip @ JustB

      Oh DO join us! You can keep things private… or even blog on paper! I think you are going to love this! x

  • Lexie Dennis

    Hi Pip, I am getting back into regularly blogging, so all your tips are great as a refresher and learning all the new things that are out there – technology doesn’t stop even if the blog does for a while!

    • Pip @ JustB

      Oh gosh. Technology seems to be moving faster than ever, right? I struggle to keep up too! x

  • Alysha

    Thanks pip for sharing all your wonderful knowledge. Like many others I’ve never known where to start, but have always wanted to!

    • Pip @ JustB

      Great. DO ask if you have any questions! I am here to help! x

  • Angela Hirsch

    A timely lesson to find as I was just discussing, with my Hubby, starting a blog. I need all the lessons I can get since I am so not tech-savvy.

    • Pip @ JustB

      Welcome to our classes then! I am here to help! Let me know if anything is a bit tricky or unclear! x

  • Lisa Barton-Collins

    There is so much I want to learn, thank you for doing this! Can you please invite me to the fb group? Thanks! xx

    • Pip @ JustB

      Yes. Just pop over and ask to join. I will add you this morning! x

  • Sanne Kroell Jensen

    What a good idea Pip! This kind of inspiration is exactly what I need. Thanks!

    • Pip @ JustB

      Thanks for joining us! xx

  • Chris

    Thanks so much pip, I like the look of WordPress and I look forward to doing some homework. It’s great to have some inspiration and support, Chris x

  • aconversationwithmoo

    Thanks Pip, I’m in! I have started a blog, but am very new to all this – looking forward to Blog School

    • Pip @ JustB

      I’m so glad to have you along! x

  • Alanah

    Yay – this is just what i am looking for, I have a blog but need that extra bit of help getting it up and running. Thanks so much for this, and looking forward to knowing more.

    • Pip @ JustB

      Fantastic! I think this will be GREAT for you! x

  • Lisa Mann

    Thankyou so much, this is exactly the push I’m needing at the moment; looking forward to reading more!

    • Pip @ JustB

      I am here to provide gentle pushes!!!! x

  • TracyVT

    Terrific info! Wish I had some of this info when I started but it’s never too late! Thanks Pip for sharing your experience with us!

    • Pip @ JustB

      Thanks for joining in, Tracy! x

  • Jacqui

    Love it Pip! Thanks so much for doing this course. I’ve followed your blog on & off since 2007 and have been umming & aahing about starting my own. I’ve now decided to stop lurking & actually join in on the blogging world! This is the perfect kick-start I needed xx

    • Pip @ JustB

      I am SO PLEASED you are going to join Team Blogger!! x

  • Jess

    thanks pip! great start — I have a little blog up and running but the one thing I struggle with is now working out what platforms (pinterest, twitter etc) are worth investing time in — there are so many these days and it can be overwhelming!

    • Pip @ JustB

      I will be sure to talk about that in upcoming classes! x

  • Jordan Spence Bryan

    Awesome lesson – just the inspiration I need!

    • Pip @ JustB

      Thanks for joining us, Jordan! x

  • Lady Go Red

    thank you! i’m really trying to get my head around blogging so i’m looking forward to doing my homework & reading more! :)

    • Pip @ JustB

      Oh GREAT! I think this is going to be HEAPS of fun! x

  • Kylee

    Thanks Pip. This is a great help as I am keen to start a blog to share our adventures with family and friends as we pack up and move to a new city. I’m still not sure on the how’s or what’s as yet and I am hoping that this forum will help with it. Cheers!!

    • Pip @ JustB

      I hope so too! Let me know if there are things you need to know! x

  • liz

    Thanks Pip, really enjoying this.

    • Pip @ JustB

      Me too!! xx

  • Jenn :: The Blissful Brush

    Thanks Pip …. I need all the help I can get!

    • Pip @ JustB

      :) Welcome Jenn! x

  • kittybaroque

    Hi there Miss Pip, Enrolled for Blog School. Seriously looking at making my blog part of a bigger picture serious endeavour – when you recommend wordpress above, should I sign up for the .com or the .org? I already have my own URL and at present on Typepad but lots needs to change and not sure what the futre holds. Know at some point will need to move over to WordPress and learn tech stuff, figure may as well be now…. Thoughts?

    • Pip @ JustB

      If Typepad is working for you, there is no reason not to continue with it really. Having said that do you need me to find out about moving Typepad to WordPress? xx

      • kittybaroque

        Good point…. :-) Feeling a little alone by most people only using WP & Blogger is all I guess & didn’t want to be limiting myself customisation & design wise, develop blog then lose people if/when I move. Then again, don’t know what I don’t know yet so getting ahead of myself. No doubt I will deliberate the whole weekend & make no decision ;-D

      • kittybaroque

        Thank you SO much & love Blog School X

  • Ann

    Thanks Pip – what a great start! I am doing my homework, I am!

    • Pip @ JustB

      Ooh good work! Gold star for you! x

  • Tash @ Littlebitofthyme

    Thanks Pip!

    • Pip @ JustB

      You’re welcome, lady! x

  • carolynsherri

    Pip: ‘Carolyn’.
    Carolyn: ‘Here Ms Lincolne’.
    Pip: ‘Open your books at page 1′.

    • Pip @ JustB

      YES! Do that!! CUTE! xx

  • Lauren

    Thanks Pip, really enjoyed my first lesson and looking forward to growing my fledgling blog x

    • Pip @ JustB

      Oh wonderful! So pleased you are here! x

  • Kat Cameron

    awesome! this is just what i need! i’m in a blog rut and need to get refreshed! xo

    • Pip @ JustB

      We are light refreshment! Yes! x

  • Outlook8studio

    Thank you Pip. I enjoyed the first lesson and look forward to learning more:)

  • Jessica Cola

    This is my weekend homework – looking forward to tackling it!

  • Belinda

    Wow, what a helpful resource this will be, thank you for offering it. I love my blogger blog but want to move it on a bit, so this will be so useful.

  • Annie

    i am 62 yrs old read your blog every day love it and want to learn how to create a blog.
    How do I tap in to receiving your lessons? Annie

  • Sara Lucas

    Hi Pip! This is simply amazing, thank you so much for the blog school! I’ll try to be a good student ^^

  • Johanna Pinkepank

    I’m really looking forward to read and learn more – I started my little blog 8 month ago and I love blogging but still have some problems so this is just what I needed. Thanks!

  • Ginny

    Awesome. I’m pumped. Cool cheat sheets too!

  • Melita Susan Excell

    Thank you so much Pip – my poor little blog needs all the help it can get. Looking forward to the next lesson. x

  • Laurel Hermon

    Thankyou Pip, this has come at a really good time for me. I have been questioning my blog and it’s pupose and thinking about how to better share what I want to say. I am so excited to have you as a teacher, as you were the very first blog i ever read and you inspired me to get miss muggins off the ground! The printables are the icing on the cake!!!!

  • Emma Northcott

    Thank you for doing this. Just this first lesson as really made me think about my own currant blog

  • Patti

    Hi Pip, Thanks for a great first class. I am brand new to blogging and need lots of help! I can’t wait to go through all the new info, Please okay my request to join the Facebook group. Thanks!

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  • Casey Lee

    thanks Pip! looking forward to this adventure!

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  • Natasha

    Ooooh, I’m going to have to get myself a folder with all those plastic pockets for all my homework & new pens! I’m such a nerd! Now let’s hope baby Heath gives his Mumma a little downtime to do this! xx

  • Annette Hill

    Pip, you have a hit on your hands! Love how many people have signed up so enthusiastically!

  • Amelia Smith

    Thank you Pip. Get on it and drive that printer

  • Miriam Hermansen

    this is awesome! i love it…thank you for this. it is a very generous thing.

  • Lara Smith

    Looking forward to using the fab printable’s, homework has never been so colourful!

  • Mel

    Just found you through Nicole at Planning with Kids. I’ve been blogging since July and am finding the learning curve very steep! Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge. Mel (Just Winging It. Parenting by the seat of my pants).

  • Rebel

    Thanks Pip, some great advice for someone who has ‘start a blog’ on my to do list. No excuse now that I’ve found your site :-)

  • Robyn Bishop

    Hi, I’m new to this blogging thing and I’m just about to start up my own blog, so I am really keen to be a part of your Blog School! :) Thanks!

  • Bee Buzz

    Thanks for the first lesson, notebook and pen at the ready.

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  • Duff

    Thanks Pip. Great start to what I thought was a minefield

  • Reece Jo Oliver Claire

    Im looking at starting a blog in the new year so this is perfect timing for me! Thanks so much! Any chance your lessons might become available as a downloadable PDF for future/easy reference? Cant wait to read more, Jo x

  • Lindsayfish

    Thanks so much Pip. Great to have the “how to’s” to go with the big ideas!

  • nikki

    Hi Pip,

    Loving this Class you’ve put together, great for new and old bloggers alike.

    Im in the process of moving my 4 year old Blog from Blogger to WordPress (in the hopes of finally linking all my online profiles together in 1 web page) but im having trouble finding themes that are as customizable and flexible as the ones im used to using on blogger. Do you recommend using the current themes? or can you suggest any simple clean blogging themes? and are they as customisable as the blogger themes?

    Also will you be posting a lesson on content and whats ok to post V’s what definitely isn’t (in terms of crediting others, defamation, dealing with negativity on your blog etc?)

  • Cath Brunskill

    Thanks Pip, I’m in… hope I can keep up with the rest of the class! Cath

  • Trudie Bristow

    Jumping on board for the ride it always good to be refreshed and learn more and thinking about things from different perspectives.

  • Anita Neville

    I’ve had a WordPress blog that has stumbled and stuttered, am hoping this will kickstart me in a way that will continue. I love your blog and what you do on justB!

  • Alicia

    Excitement! I just started building a blog – but for some reason am procrastinating and stalling – so this is a great motivator! x

  • mya mcfarland

    Thanks to your ‘how to start a craft blog’ post, over the last few days I have been setting one up, and it’s been fantastic! Keep up the good posts!

  • Leigh Evans-Bullock

    Firstly thanks so much for your generosity sharing all this info with us! I’ve been blogging for a while now but have hit a plateau so I’m super keen to follow your classes. Yay for Pip.

    • Pip @ JustB

      My pleasure! We are talking IMAGES next! x

  • Kerri @ Vintage sew and so

    Awesome, can’t wait to learn more & make my blog more me.

  • KateB

    What a good introduction. Can’t wait to read more!

    • Pip @ JustB

      Thanks Kate! x

  • bigfathomebird

    Thanks for your help, it’s so useful. Can’t wait until next week. Having to have a real think on why I blog and hopefully create something i can be proud of.

  • Christine

    Hi Pip, thanks for the first Lesson. Lots to think about, especially what and why I want to blog. Great information and great reading the feedback from other class mates

  • jsquared

    Hello. Just found you. I’m lazy and only read your posts from my mailbox, which meant the link didn’t work! Hope you can help rejuvenate my blog – it’s 18 months old and looking a little tired.

  • ali

    Hi, thanks for this, just want I am ready for! I hope you look at copyright issues, ie using images from other net sources. I am keen to use my own images, but as a fan and user of Pinterest, I may be interested in referring to things out there in the web and are not sure how that works.

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  • Nicole Smede

    Great! Thank you for this. It’s so timely as I just started a blog myself and will be going back to uni next year and completing an internship that requires me to blog. Looking forward to learning lots of tricks!

  • Tess Carrad

    just catching up….great first lesson – really made me think.

    • Pip @ JustB

      Thanks so much Tess! I hope you enjoy Lesson 2, too! x

  • Susie Bass

    I didnt sign in via the comments before, does that matter. Is it a little bit like a register so you can see whose in class?

    • Pip @ JustB

      Not at all! You don’t need to sign in! But thanks for saying hello! x

  • Lee-ANne

    can i still register? i’ve asked to join the FB group if ok. REally interested in making my blog uniquely me!

    • Lee-ANne

      oops just saw below that i don’t need to ‘sign in’ so i’ll just follow along. thanks!

  • Lisa Lee

    So glad I found this on Nikki’s Pinterest page! Just what I need Pip x

  • Tracey English

    Oh great idea looking forward to checking in!

  • Michelle Samain

    I’m sooo looking forward to this. And, it’s come at the perfect time for me. Thanks!

  • Kris_avondalecottage

    Thank you so much Pip, I am ready to learn x

  • Naomi Bulger

    Better late than never, I’m so excited to join in. Thanks Pip!

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  • Min Gillespie

    Just read through Lesson 1. Promise I will do my homework :-)

  • Kelly Gregory

    Pip, you have made my day! I’m thinking probably the week, this is a fantastic help to setting up my blog and after finding so many lesser guides on the web, I despaired of finding anything that was as simple, straightforward and as fun and interactive as this. Finding it on an Australian site was a bonus ;) I can’t wait to get started on the next lessons, thanks Pip!

    • Pip @ JustB

      You are SO WELCOME, Kelly! Thanks for joining in! :)

  • Georgie

    I am a bit late off the mark by the looks of it, but would really love to join in :) X

  • Emily

    Thank you! Found you on pinterest and the lessons seem to be a good start to blogging.

  • Zena Jaber

    What a great resource. Thanks for sharing!

  • MrsStruth

    Hi Pip, Just started playing with my first blog after years of procrastination (and children). Thanks for the lessons, tip and tricks – I’d be struggling to know where to start without you. x

  • inaminutemummy

    Hi Pip, Great lesson. So I managed to set up my blog and post 2 items. Whey hey! Am off to read the next lesson. Thanks so much for the simple guidance x

  • christina from feltlikesmiling

    I do like wordpress, it has some simple to follow instructions and great help pages :-)

  • Stephanie

    I just found this series through pinterest and cannot wait to get started going through these lessons! Thank you so much for setting up this series of blogs. :-)

  • Meaghan

    This is fabulous Pip! I have been really wanting to start my own blog for ages and after just reading your first lesson I am feeling really inspired and excited, it is a great step by step, Thanks!

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