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Fast forward to now, or at least a few weeks ago. I decided that I need to really get serious about this here blog because well, it’s time to stop blogging like it’s 2013. I started looking at different Ebooks, courses, webinars and other resources to really get my brain going in the right direction. After finding an affiliate marketing course, a photography course and even a Pinterest course and why yes, I will have reviews on them shortly as well, I finally found it, the course that I have been looking for, without even realizing it, for 7 years and with a catchy title to boot…What the Tech? Yes, that is the name, What the Tech? by Lesley Clavijo. I’m easy amused, can you tell? This course was exactly what I needed.
So sit back and relax while I take you through my experience and show you the pros and cons and help you decide if this Ebook is something you just have to have like I did!
What the Tech? Course Review
- Course: What the Tech? A Guide to Ease Your Blogging Frustrations
- Instructor: Lesley Clavijo
- Intent: To help anyone who struggles with the technical side of blogging learn how to face those fears and frustrations. Lesley wants to empower and inspire people to do hard things with a nudge in the right direction.
- Cost: 3 Packages to choose from starting at $25, more information about the packages will be below. I purchased the biggest package at $75 so I can tell you about everything included in the course.
Why did I decide to take this course?
I decided to take this course for a few reasons;
- I cannot afford to hire someone to handle the technical side of my blog at the moment.
- Even if I could afford it, I would have no clue who I can trust.
- I am tired of Googling everything and finding lots of conflicting information.
- I want complete control of my blog.
This little blog here, well she’s my baby. I created her with my own two hands and with this scattered brain of mine. Never gave her up when times got tough and I didn’t think I had the chops to be an authoritative voice to be heard. I am incredibly proud of her and since I have obviously personified her, I need to know how to take care of her.
According to Lesley, she started her blog out a lot like me, with absolutely NO clue to what she was doing. She didn’t know anything about the blogging and the technology behind it. Since she also couldn’t afford someone to do the design and coding for her, so she set out to learn everything that she could until eventually designing blogs and helping her fellow bloggers became her full-time job.
She soon learned that many other bloggers had the same frustrations that she did in the beginning and then the idea of What the Tech? was born. After 9 months, she launched her course, ready to teach others how to face the frustrations head on.
Who is What the Tech? for?
Unfortunately, this is not a definitive guide to the technical side of blogging. I wish it was but then it wouldn’t be affordable for me. This course is, however, perfect for those that want to start a blog, new bloggers and anyone that struggles with site design, coding and more.
My first impression of What the Tech?
As soon as I received the Ebook, I immediately printed it out as I am not the kind of person that does well reading a BOOK on the computer. I then sifted through the pages that were relevant to me and put them in sheet protectors and a binder. When I say relevant to me, I mean that I did not save the pages that are specific to how to buy a domain or set up hosting, all of that was stuff I already knew. But then I got into the stuff I needed and as I skimmed the table of contents I got very excited about everything I was about to learn. While I didn’t need the chapters on How to Start a Self Hosted Blog and Backing Up Your Blog, I knew I would definitely need the chapters HTML and CSS as well as Editing Your Theme. Also, all of the videos in the chapter about plugins were ones I needed to watch immediately especially the one about setting up a homepage. That is a change that is coming with this blog soon.
As I said in the beginning, there are 3 packages to choose from:
What I really loved about this course was that it was a mixture of video and an Ebook. I am definitely one that learns better in a classroom style setting and while that was not available, so video was the next best thing. And not having to take my own notes because it was all there in the Ebook makes it that much easier.
Lesley really does walk you step by step in the videos and it was easy to follow along in the Ebook. The information isn’t exactly the same in both, there is actually a lot more information in the videos than the Ebook but they compliment each other nicely. And there is a course guide that tells you in which chapters you would watch each video and where the printables are discussed or go hand in hand with a topic in the Ebook.
Working with Lesley
Lesley is very personable and approachable and she is a great resource in the Facebook group. She does Live videos on a regular basis and those are one of the highlights of buying the Master Package. She is also quick to answer any questions you have although I personally have not had to ask any yet, although now that I think about it, I do have one for her. Guess I need to send her a message or just ask in the group in case others are wondering the same thing.
Now it’s time to let you know the pros and cons of What the Tech?
- Videos-Enough said for me! Actually, they are clear and to the point and show every step for the topic of the video.
- Workbook printables-highly useful especially the HTML cheatsheet
- Resources list with links to plugins, useful websites, ebooks and more
- A well-written Ebook with lots of screenshots for visual learners like myself
- Glossary of technical and blogging terms and their definitions
- The Facebook Community, full of support and comradery
- Lifetime updates
- I wish there was more CSS and HTML stuff to learn and not just the basics, but then, like I said before, it wouldn’t be affordable
- While the printables are very eye catching, I would like plain ones to be included as well as I typically print things out in black
Neither of these cons took away from the experience and was more of a personal thing for me. I loved this course and am enjoying the Facebook group and getting to know Lesley more. I definitely recommend this course, in its entirety to anyone thinking about starting a blog or new to the blogging world or like me, someone that just needs a little bit of help through the frustrations.