42 Responses to “How to Start a Blog with Purpose”


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  1. I’ve had a blog for years. It spends a lot of time in a dormant state. I get bursts of creativity and productivity followed by long quiet times when other commitments take priority. I have not really broken or beyond a friends and family readership. I’m buying your course today to find out what you have to say about building a subscriber base and to learn about planning and frequency of posting. I enjoy your writing and always find something valuable to take away. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and ideas.

  2. I’ve just entered my 4th month of blogging and I’m a little tempted to get started on this course. I’d like to make money from my blog eventually, though that is far off from my plan for now. Currently I’m just hoping to have a few hundred FB fans, and at least 100 subscribers by 1 year. Some $$$ would be nice.

    I’m wondering if this would be suitable for me?

    • Courtney Carver

      Jeremy, I think it will be really helpful.

      • Thanks, I’m getting it! With your generous offer of $10 I guess there’s nothing to lose and everything to gain! :)

        I will get started on it in a few weeks’ time and will let you know how it goes.

  3. Judi

    Thanks for sharing I just signed up for your course. It is one of my goals for 2014 to start a blog — here goes.

  4. Kathy

    I am not a blogger and have no interest in starting one. I do enjoy reading them though. One thing I would like to suggest to bloggers is to carefully edit each entry. I see so many spelling errors, words left out of sentences, etc. I find it very difficult to continue reading a blog that has too many errors.
    Just as an example, the second line of this blog post has the word “has” missing from the second line.
    So, careful editing should be a must.

  5. I am really excited about this course! I have a basic blog that could use some direction, and I have been stuck for a while now. I think that this course will help me just like the content of Be More with Less has helped me. Thank you Courtney!

  6. I already have a blog, written in Spanish. But I’m feeling adventurous and I started a blog written in English yesterday! Your micro course came in the best moment.

  7. It’s interesting that this popped up for me today. Figuring out what I want to do with my blog, which direction I want to head is one of the intentions that I set for myself for the month of March. I’ve been blogging off and on, with my own domain and on various platforms, for a little over 10 years. My readership is small (generally my mom, my mother-in-law, my best friends), and I’m trying to decide if I want or need more than that or if I’ve got something that I want to share with even more folks…and if so, how do I go about reaching that audience.

    So. I bought the microcourse, and I’m excited to dive into it next week during my spring break ;)

  8. Thanks to your microbusiness course I started my blog. But I love the topics offered in this course. Courtney, you have the heart of a teacher. You are very inspiring, informative and practical. I also love the affordable price. I’m registering and look forward to begin. Thank you!

  9. Allison

    I’m going to sign up for this course, because I like Courtney’s topics and always find some useful or interesting content in each of her blog posts, and because I am getting ready to launch a webpage for my new solo law practice and would like to have a blog page on that website. However, like Kathy, who commented above, I am frustrated by the frequency of grammatical, spelling, or punctuation errors, as well missing or “bonus” words, in posts I read from various bloggers. Such errors are especially distracting when they are made by someone who is marketing his or her writing skills! An example from this post, to add to Kathy’s comment, above, is this: “While you can take as long as you want, you can purchase this course today and launch your new blog tomorrow, or next week based using the information provided.” The word “based” can be omitted. I suspect it’s a remnant from an earlier draft that managed to slip by during the final editing. By the way, if anyone reading this reply has a blog and would like a complimentary proof-reading of one blog post before publishing, I offer my services! I’m also available, for a modest fee, as a contract proof-reader for any on-going projects that might benefit from such services.

    In any event, I’m sure this course will be an invaluable resource for anyone wanting to get her creative juices flowing or his ideas on the page and out into the wider world! Thanks for the great value, Courtney!

    • Courtney Carver

      Allison, I appreciate your thoughtful feedback. I made the change you recommended. Typos are part of this work. I always advise new bloggers to use spell check and proof their work, but not to let the fear of a misplaced word or comma prevent them from publishing.

      A strong story isn’t diminished by a typo and fortunately, typos can be easily corrected on a blog. I always appreciate when someone takes the time to email and let me know that I need to correct something.

      Thanks for taking the course. I hope you find some valuable information to help with your new site.

  10. Amy

    Just purchased this and I’m so excited to dive into it. I think this is just the push I needed to jump into the business of blogging. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  11. Kim

    Hi. Just wanted to chime in on the blogging. I have a travel blog that really enhances my experiences on the road. It’s an opportunity to 1) reflect and 2) share with others. Plus, I figure I’ll have some good reading when I’m in the nursing home!

    My DH and I are also very much into minimalism and living the simple life. Love your blog and I’m hoping others find their way here through the link on mine.

    Keep inspiring us all!

  12. Katrein

    I’m in! Thank you for putting this together. I can’t wait to get started!

  13. Hi Courtney! Your blog is so inspiring to many and I appreciate all the time and effort you put into it. I just purchased the course. Thank you so much for sharing your “gift” with us! ox

  14. Lee

    Hi Courtney,
    I found your site via Tammy at RowdyKittens … I love your site and application of micro business … I’ve signed up for your newsletter and likely will become a course taker soon … as I have an idea for for both a blog and business and love the idea to start them out as mirco rather than beta. Cheers, Lee from Canada

  15. Hi Courtney

    I love your course content. I have started a blog over an year ago but just feel stuck and not sure how to grow my subscriber list or earn first 100$. I have been reading your blog for sometime now and looking forward to do this course. Just have one quick question, will there be any forum or FB group of all the people who are taking this course?

  16. I was one of those people who wanted to start but just never got to it. One day I just couldn’t take it anymore I decided I was going to start regardless of how people viewed me. Now I can’t imagine my life without blogging and hope one day I’ll be able to make a living with it in the future. For right now I’m just having fun!!

  17. Mel

    Bought it. I’ve wanted to create a simplicity blog for a long time. This will give me the kick up the bum I need. Thank you!

  18. Thank you! I ordered the course last night and this was perfect timing. I previously had a blog spot blog that I only sporadically used. Just this week set up a new blog, but have not yet finished. This course will be just what I needed. I have followed you blog for several years and have a couple of your e books already.

  19. Natalie

    This microcourse couldnt have have come at a better time! Thanks Courtney, really looking forward to doing the course and finally publishing my blog. Thank you for your encouragement and inspiration.

  20. I’m in :) This sounds exciting and seems like just the push I need to keep writing :)

  21. Joanna

    Just purchased the course and am excited to get started! I will be starting from scratch, and I look forward to the experience since I love to write! Thanks for offering this course at such an affordable price!

  22. I just bought your mini course. I’m so excited to read and apply what I learn to my new blog :)

  23. I started my blog around 11 months ago. I have achieved 43000 views in that time, which to me was pretty astounding. I’m not thinking I want to monetise it; but who knows? Is it really worth it? I think I have 50 subscribers right now.

  24. Aydin

    Been a reader of your writing for a year or more and I was thinking to build my own blog and came across this micro-course.
    I’m a reader from Iran and planning to write in Farsi this time.

    Thank you

  25. Hi Courtney,

    I am interested in both this course and the “Micro Business” course. I am a total beginner in regards to blogging. Which one should I invest on? It’s not the money that is the problem since both courses are both very reasonably priced, but rather the time.

    • Courtney Carver

      Nick, If you are ready to start a blog, I’d start with the blogging course. If you are looking for a bigger picture course, try the microbusiness course. Feel free to email me too with any questions.

  26. Kathy

    Courtney, I think you handle criticism about little typos and mistakes with such grace and class. Thank you for sharing your heart, knowledge and story with us. And by the way, I see some errors in Allison’s comment above, so there you go!!

  27. Allison

    Ugh! Kathy’s comment prompted me to reread my previous comments above. What was I thinking?! How embarrassing! Sorry I was overcritical of your occasional errors, Courtney. I hope you focused on my other message, which was that I appreciate all the helpful and thoughtful content you publish on a regular basis. When you publish that much, there are bound to be insignificant errors once in awhile! Please accept my apology, Courtney. Thanks, Kathy, for prompting me to revisit my post. By the way, I welcome constructive criticism, so please do let me know what errors you noticed in my comments, since you mentioned seeing some. Thanks.

  28. susana mezzadri

    Hi Courtney,

    I just got the course. Have been a long time since I’m thinking about start a blog, years maybe, but I never did. I think your post in my wall on FB open my eyes and gave me courage to start. I have to confess I’m a bit scared, and I really don’t know what I could expect, but I’ll start. I hope your course will give me the support and strength I need.

    Many thanks for sharing your experience, Susana.

  29. Hi Courtney,

    I just purchased the blog course and I recently purchased the micro business course via a blog post by Tammy Stroebel (Rowdy Kittens).

    I have had more than one blog in my blogging career. I don’t have a specific focus or intention for my blog right now; however, and I really want to change that willy-nilly way of posting. Right now, I’m blogging about simplifying and decluttering my home. What I really want to learn to do is write more effective blog posts to enhance my gorgeous photographs. Or here’s an idea: just post photos on my blog and leave the writing alone. Nope, probably won’t work for me. I enjoy writing too much I just keep thinking there are other photography bloggers out there who have already been there, done that. I realize I’m not being true to myself.

    Back on topic: I can do this and I will read your courses like a menu at my favorite restaurant. I enjoy your blog posts and am a subscriber and a Facebook fan.

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