Today, I’m so excited to finally tell you a little bit more about a project I’ve been working on for several months. But before I dive into the what, let me back up a bit with the why.
One of the things I’ve most enjoyed about my whole blogging adventure is sharing what I know with other people. When I first launched the studio last year, believe it or not, blog consulting and Photoshop tutorials were a completely last minute addition that I kind of just threw on to my menu of services. That, along with blog design, are now easily the most popular (so much so that I was able to 86 some of the other initial service offerings!). I can’t say I really mind — I’ve found that I’m passionate about helping women use the Internet to achieve whatever visions and dreams they have for themselves. After all, I can totally relate to the journey!
The only minor problem with having a business so based in offering one-on-one service is that there’s only one of me and a lot of bloggers. I’ve often found that there are more emails, more questions, and more clients than I could ever handle on my own. So I began to think about new ways that I could help larger groups of bloggers at once. And I knew that I probably wouldn’t be able to do it alone.
Fast forward to last September, when my colleague turned close friend Meg was in town. We planned on meeting up for lunch one day. Going into that lunch, I knew that I wanted to talk to her more about the potential for us to collaborate on something together, since through many conversations I had learned that she was equally as passionate about our industry and putting her entrepreneurial skills to work. Lucky for me, she was excited at the possibility! We tossed around a lot of ideas, some overly ambitious, some less so, but eventually, we landed upon an idea for a service that, at heart, could offer bloggers a place to learn. To get lots of resources about a lot of different types of things. Bloggers have all heard the adage ‘content is king’ — but let’s be honest, there’s a lot more to know about blogging, especially if you’ve made the decision to transition from hobby to business.
And so, The B Bar was born. We like to think of it as a place you can stop by and get a cool drink of
water awesome. The B Bar, which will be launching in April, will offer downloadable e-books (or ‘cocktails’ as we’re dubbing them!) that cover all manner of topics related to blogging, social media, and working online. A brand new blogger? The Blog 101 cocktail will be the perfect fit for you. Want to know what legal issues you should be considering as a blogger? Done and done. Have no idea how to handle the bookkeeping and accounting side of things? You’re covered. In addition to penning many of the cocktails ourselves, we’ve been fortunate enough to collaborate with experts who can give you the skinny on the sometimes intimidating aspects of this industry (um, what’s a Schedule C?).
And there won’t just be cocktails for bloggers. We’ll also be releasing guides aimed at businesses who are interested in working with bloggers (because who better to educate a business on how to approach a blogger than…a blogger?). New cocktails will be added regularly, and we hope that there will be something for everyone.
In the meantime, while we all wait for happy hour to start, you can follow The B Bar on Twitter and Facebook (we’ll be sharing great links and resources in these two places as well!), and you can also sign up for our newsletter to be the first to know when the Bar is open.
I don’t know if I’ve ever really put this out there, and this might sound a bit dramatic and even like I’m overstating things a bit, but blogging has given me everything. It’s given me a creative outlet, a voice, friends who are like family, a career, and an entirely new skill set that I could never have imagined ever needing, much less actually understanding. It’s given me confidence. The greatest thing I can do for this industry is to give that back to other people. And since I can’t do it over real cocktails with the majority of you, having a virtual cocktail together is definitely the next best thing.
Thanks for reading this and sticking with me through this journey! Cheers!
PS – A huge, special shout out to Kristina Hultkrantz, who’s the extraordinary artist behind The B Bar’s drink illustrations, and of course to Lisa Butler, who’s been assisting on the backend site development. Both ladies are amazing!