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Black Friday Deals for Bloggers!!

If you are a blogger, this is a post you don’t want to miss.  Because of course there are Black Friday deals for bloggers! Woot!!

I’m sharing a time sensitive deal that I highly recommend if you blog. :)

But first some gut level honesty. I going to tell you why I decided to spend $299 on a blogging course…and why I think it’s one of the best blogging decisions I’ve ever made.

I’ve been blogging here for about 4 years now. I’m by no means an expert (that bears repeating) but I have learned a thing or two. Unfortunately, most of what I’ve learned has been the hard way.


You probably already know that blogging will take as much time as you’re willing to give it. It also requires effort. But if you don’t know where you’re headed or what your goals are, that effort can feel like a big waste of time and energy. There are literally thousands of things to try and opportunities to take that can keep your wheels spinning.


Black Friday for bloggers


Blogging is about stewardship. This is especially true of the Christian blogger, who has a message to share and encouragement to give. It is imperative that we steward our time as well as our talent (in this case, our message).



I sense this responsibility greatly. Which is why about a year and a half ago, I reached out to another mega blogger I admire and asked her to mentor me. I want to be the best steward of this blog that I can be and I knew I needed to learn some things.  She was very kind in her response but said she could not due to time restrictions and commitments.

Then, about eight months ago, I reached out to another blogger I admire. She graciously agreed to a “brainstorming” Skype call. But when our arranged time came, she was stuck in an airplane and couldn’t get out! Oh no! All our planning went down the tubes, months went by, and it never worked for us to have another phone call.

Knowing that people are busy and mentoring me probably wasn’t on anyone’s to do list (gasp!), I decided I’d give it the best go I could. I read a ton of articles, a couple books on blogging, and subscribed to some “how to blog” blogs.

The result? A whole lot of  information overload!! So much information in fact that it paralyzed me and created a ton of self doubt.

Meanwhile, I really longed for that mentor :)

Then, two months ago, I learned of Ruth Soukop’s brand new Elite Blog Academy. As I investigated the course and asked questions, I realized that this could be the mentoring opportunity I had been wishing for.




Now in case you didn’t know, there are a ton of blogging courses out there. I’ve never done one nor have I been to a blogging conference before. What made Ruth’s course attractive to me is that she doesn’t throw a bunch of impractical ideas or vague suggestions at you, but rather helps her students identify their own pillar content and work strategically from there. It is suitable for beginners or for old-timers. It is self-paced and extremely practical- each of the 12 units has specific assignments to complete that will actually get you somewhere.

The winning factor for me was Ruth’s money back guarantee. This is what she says:

“Anyone who completes the course and has not seen measurable results in both traffic and income growth will get double your money back, no questions asked.”

(Please note this quote was pulled directly off the EBA site as of 11/27/14. As with everything, it is subject to change so please check the site for up to date details!)

 200% money back guarantee? That’s just crazy! I knew I literally had nothing to lose…but a whole lot to gain by taking the course. 

I did have some blog income tucked away to pay the $299 course fee, so I signed up…. And am so glad I did.

{And before I go further, I want to say that some of you reading this do not have any margin to purchase a book, much less a course on blogging. Please do not feel bad! I have not always been in a position to do something like this and will have times in the future I’m sure I won’t be able to do it. But this time, by the grace of God, I had some set aside. If you are scrimping, please don’t be discouraged! The Lord will open the door when the timing is right.)

So. I am only four lessons into the course, not at a point yet to give final results; however, I have already seen my referral traffic double in just a few weeks by using the tips Ruth gives in her first few lessons. Ruth’s course has helped me work smarter, not harder.  She has given me a strategic method to the way I blog. To me, this goes back to being a good steward. Yes, I am learning to blog smart and in the process, I’m getting more return on my investment.

The thing I love about Ruth’s course is that it does not compromise my message or content type. As a faith blogger, I can still be who I am and blog how I am called to… just do what I do more effectively. I will be implementing more of what I’ve learned from Ruth over the next couple months and can’t wait to see how it improves my blogging.

So here’s where Black Friday comes in. Yep, took me a long time to get here :) Fall registration has been closed for some time and Elite Blog Academy is not opening again until next spring. EXCEPT for THIS WEEK ONLY, Ruth is doing a Black Friday deal and opening the course up for one week at the early bird price of $299. The course will never again be at this price.

This course is not for everyone. If you don’t have the time or desire to commit to it, don’t waste your time.

But if you want to take your blog to the next level, NOW is the time to act. The Elite Blog Academy is stand apart and will not be offered at this price again. Plus, with a 200% money back guarantee, there is literally nothing to lose.

To get all details on this course and find out exactly what you’ll get (or to sign up!), just click the image below:









The Loft: Surprise Edition!


The Loft is open, come on up! 


The Loft: A weekly Hangout and Link Up for Christian bloggers
Graphic by Kerry Messer


This Week’s Mystery Topic is…. (drum roll)

Well, seeing it is Thanksgiving week, we want to actually GIVE THANKS. So this week, we are playing Thanksgiving Tag! 


How to play:

We are taking to the social media streets this week, tagging people we are thankful for!

Pick one social media  site (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc) and tag 5 bloggers or writers that you appreciate. Tell them why you are thankful for them. You can link back to this page if you’d like (so they know why and by whom they are getting tagged and to help spread the word about The Loft)… but a link back isn’t required. :)

Since we won’t be doing this week’s topic on our blogs, there won’t be a linky this week. The linky will be back up next week.

That’s it! We are thankful for  YOU, for your contribution, for being part of this community, and we all wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!


Next Week’s Topic: 2014 in Review (Time to get introspective. We look forward to hearing what you’ve learned in 2014.)



About #TheLoft


The Loft is the place for conversation, community, networking, and Christian growth.

Each week we provide a topic to start the conversation.


PLEASE NOTE: While there are many link and leave blog hops out there, we are different in that we ask that your link stick to the weekly topic. This fosters community and conversation. It also helps us practice “topic” writing as bloggers.  Oh, and please mention The Loft in your post! Thank you so much! 

Monday night, at 9pm Eastern, the linky goes live and all week you can link up your post on that week’s topic.

We’ll have fun topics, serious topics, practical, soul-ful, holiday, and so, so much more…we can’t wait to get started! This is not only a great way to connect with others, it’s also a fun and easy way to establish a writing habit. If you aren’t a blogger, you are welcome to join in by leaving your comments in the comment section. 

So grab your coffee mug and come on up! Hang out for a bit. We betcha you’ll be glad you did.


To Participate:


1. Be creative. Feel free to use words, photos, video, audio, your family pet, whatever, to communicate on the weekly topic. But please stick to the weekly topic :)

2. Listen twice as much as you talk. If you leave one link, visit two. Trust us on this one~wink.

3. Be a community. Include #TheLoft graphic and/or link back in your post so we can find each other.  Also, share the great stuff you find when you visit around…we’ll be doing the same.


The Loft Link Up


When you link up at The Loft, your link will appear on 4 blogs! We’d love for you to visit The Loft co-hosts and know who we are: JenRebekahLeahArabah



Happy Thanksgiving!


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