My Review of Blog Evangelists

I purchased Blog Evangelists when it first came out… which was in the fall of 2008, I do believe. It is comprised of 100 lessons to teach you how to create your own blog design business. But don’t be fooled – this isn’t just for people who want to be blog designers – it’s for anyone who wants to work  – and become really good – with WordPress.

First of all, the ladies (Kelly McCausey and Lynette Chandler) who wrote the lessons are amazing. I joined their forum Mom Masterminds back in 2006 and I learned how to work with and do basic customizations to WordPress through the how-to videos that Lynette posted there.

Blog Evangelists goes several steps further than those videos, though. With these lessons, you will learn how to completely customize a WordPress blog. There’s a lesson on each part of the blog – from footer.php to sidebar.php to header.php.

Kelly writes the lessons on the business building part of things, and for good reason. She started her own blog design business and she used her real-life experience to put together the Blog Evangelists lessons.

I was not new to blogging, WordPress, or building a business when I purchased this program. But I still learned a lot of new stuff. And like I said – it’s 100 lessons. You’d be hard-pressed to NOT learn something new!

Unfortunately, the business portion and the design portion are going to be split up soon. This is your last chance to get both of them – all in one piece.

This is priced at $197, so I know it is not cheap. But if you want to learn WordPress, it’s worth it. Hiring someone to customize your blog – once – will be about the same price. If you want more customizations done down the road, you just spent more money on that than you would if you had purchased this program.

And with this program, you’ll have the skills you need to customize blogs as a business. If you simply get one job, you’ll have paid for this program!

Click here to read more about Blog Evangelists and to purchase the program

* Have questions? Lynette and Kelly are offering a free webinar tonight at 9pm. Click here to register

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Crissy Says

Mom With A Biz Guest Post: Kelly McCausey

Mother’s Day is coming up, and I want to celebrate all of the Moms With A Biz that come to my site! I may not be a mom, but trust me, with two nephews running around, I know how hard it is to juggle your business with your family. I have the utmost respect for those of you who are “Moms With A Biz!” I asked a few I asked a few women that I admire to share their thoughts on business and motherhood.

The first guest post is from Kelly McCausey; and let me just take the time to point out that back when I first got the notion of starting this website, Kelly really helped me out by answering lots of my questions and giving me honest feedback and advice (and I still run things by her from time to time!) I cannot thank her enough for that!

Indie Moms, Choose This Day What Is Most Important

Having been highly focused on building a home based business over the last seven years I know the challenges all working moms face when it comes to balancing the hours of the day between a personal and professional life.

If I’m really being honest, I have to admit I don’t believe there is such a thing as balance in life.  Balance suggests there is a fair way to split time.

Think about it, can you really create a calendar that properly splits the hours of your day between home, children, husband, extended family, community and business and stick to it?  I don’t know anyone who has.  As great as it sounds to have a plan, life has a way of throwing us curveballs that make mush of those ideals.

If there’s no true balance, are we supposed to accept that we’re never going to have the time we need for our business and our families?  Definitely not, while there may be no perfect plan that creates balance, we all have the ability to make daily choices that place areas of our life in priority.

In some seasons of my business life I’ve worked crazy eighteen hour days, barely making time to stop and fix my son a sandwich.  With tremendous pressure on me to earn enough to cover business expenses and pay the bills at home, I felt I was making the right decision at the time.

Fortunately, that season of hard work and determination to grow my business paid off. I have since enjoyed an incredible period of time where I only put in four hour work days and spent the rest of my time enjoying time with my son and our extended family.  It couldn’t have come at a better time for my son and I. We grew closer than ever before.

I have often wondered if my son felt resentful of the time and attention my business has demanded.  During a recent conversation, I learned that he never did.  He is proud of my effort and accomplishment.  He sees how a season of hard work paid off in the long run by giving us more choices.  I can’t tell you how happy this makes me feel.

Many parents work long hours to build a business and constantly push their children aside in their drive to achieve.  If your kids only ever see this side of you, they’re going to get the message that business is more important than they are.  But if they see that you can and will change gears when needed, they’ll grow to respect your business ambition and appreciate what it does for the family.

My son turned 18 this past year.  I’m getting ready to celebrate my first Mother’s Day as mom to an adult.  He’s only going to be here in my home for a few short years while he finishes college and while he doesn’t need me as much as he used to, I’m thrilled to be available to him as much as I can.  I want to model more good choices about business, money and the high value of relationships.

About the Author: Kelly McCausey coaches internet based work at home moms to build successful online businesses.  Find out how she can help you network and grow as a Mom Mastermind.

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