Over the summer, I decided to expand the number of people I teach about technology to see just how many people I can help with their blogs. I've been doing one-on-one training and corporate training for years. I often teach people about computers, websites, social media and other related topics, but there are only so many hours in the day. So I came up with Smart and Social, a meetup group to help me help more people. One on one lessons are great, but it's very hard to scale and repurpose those classes.
One of the topics we cover in Smart and Social is blogging. And yesterday we kicked-off the second Blogging Accountability group at Paradise Perks in Irvine. The response was amazing, more people than I expected showed up and everybody was willing to learn and participate. I feel really honored to have had all these people attend and show their eagerness to learn. I'm still processing this success.
First off, what is an accountability group? An accountability group as I see it, is a group of people that holds each other accountable towards the completion of a common goal. Churches are notorious for having accountability groups, so are sports teams. Cities have chambers of commerce where you may find accountability groups to help you grow and develop your business. In our case, the accountability is all about blogging. My job is to guide you through the next six weeks, to remove barriers that prevent you from blogging and to get you to write. Your job is to hold me accountable to provide you with the tools and processes that you need. But you also have the job of holding each other accountable for your posts.
There is one requirement to participate in the group. You must attend the first meeting, and you must write at least 2 blogposts per week for the next 6 weeks. Each student that came to the class last night, has homework and they must bring back --amongst other things-- two blogposts ready to go. If you don't complete this assignment then they will not be able to attend. This may sound harsh, but it's all about that accountability. You'll be surprised how well you can perform under some presure.
We covered various topics last night, basics about blogs, rss and we discussed some of the topics that we'll be learning over the next few weeks. This blogpost is just to let people know that we're doing this. That the class went
well great, by all accounts. And if you want to join the next group be sure to visit http://meetup.com/smart-and-social to sign up and also join the mailing list at bc. Also want to thank everybody that came to the class and let you know I really appreciate your participation.
If you missed the class for some reason or another, make sure you get on the mailing list. I will be starting off one more group soon so you can join that if you'd like. There will also be a virtual meetup coming up soon so people that aren't in Orange County can join as well. Also, I'll let you in on a little secret. Everyone that attends and completes the six-week course will become a charter member for my online blogging course, and trust me you don't want to miss that opportunity. Something else to keep in mind, this group is totally free. The next group and the next online group will also be free. But after that, the courses will cost some money and so will the online blogging course so don't let this opportunity go by.