Monday, 4 May 2009 (actually it's 5 May 2009 for me over here) marked the end of my 4-week e-blogging course, Blogging Your Way (BYW). That was my first ever e-course and it certainly set a high bar. I am so proud to say it here that our teacher is the amazingly talented yet friendly and down-to-earth Holly Becker of Decor8. I can't recall how I stumbled upon Decor8 but since that day a few years ago, it has become my daily bite. Even on days when I go on vacation, upon return, I always read the old posts and continue from where I left off. I enjoy reading Decor8 for many reasons. Its aesthetics appeal to me, I *heart* the images that Holly shares (eye candy!), she posts regularly, her style is one I identify with, I love the way she writes, she transports me to a creative world.... But most of all, I appreciate how supportive she is of small indie start-ups (which I really hope I can call myself one one day) and how she doesn't hesitate to share her knowledge and experience.
So one fine day, when I saw Holly announced on her blog that she is starting an e-course, I leapt at the opportunity and without even knowing the course fee. This is coming from me who takes forever to make decisions eg. what shall I eat for dinner? Is the pink top better than the black? Out of 800 applicants, I am one of the lucky 207 who got into the class! From that day on, I looked to day 1 of the course with anticipation. I wasn't disappointed. I was the only one from Singapore and there I was, meeting people from all over the world! Putting myself out there and interacting with like-minded creative souls really fed my inspiration. It boosted my confidence when I tell people that I blog because I realised it's no trivial affair. Amongst the LOADS of precious lessons I'm taking away from the course, I think the most important would be the need to be authentic and true to myself, to dare to dream and chase my passion. I can't say it enough but "thanks so much, Holly!"
I was also very fortunate to be able to work with a group of wonderful bloggers who gave me constructive feedback on my blog. These folks have been really supportive. They are at:
For Your Inspiration - Mothers out there would enjoy Karen's blog which has some interesting series.
Discover Interior Design - Kristin's blog is pretty and packed with beautiful pictures
Lolalina - Laura's blog would appeal to the girl in you
Magchunk - Maggie's character comes through in her writings and you'll enjoy reading it.
When I Grow Up - Michelle is a life coach and you'll enjoy her unique and lively blog
Frozen Brooklyn - For those who have ice-cream as one of their great loves
Sam's Notebook - Lots of great finds, lots of eye-candy
Sparkling Ink - Trust me, you wouldn't be able to resist the "droolingly-beautiful" food pictures on Tiina's blog and the accompanying recipes.
So now, I am a member of the first graduating class of BYW Friends (I'm proudly displaying the logo on my main page)!