Live video chat: Blogging Bootcamp, Tuesday March 2


Yep, that’s right. I’m going to tell you how to write a blog that will help you meet your goals. Tuesday night at 8 p.m. eastern. The chat will be upbeat and inspirational. At the beginning. And then I will rant about my pet peeves. For example:

  • Why you should not try to make money from your blog
  • Why you should not start a second blog
  • Why you should take care to link to other blogs, a lot

But mostly, I’ll answer your questions, which you can ask in real-time.

I’m doing this video stuff with Ryan Paugh. (I am linking to his personal blog to show you that I take my own advice.) Ryan keeps coming to these events a little bit drunk. But that doesn’t stop us from getting rave reviews. Here’s one he forwarded to me from his mom: “Great job, Ry.”

So sign up here. And you will have a great blog. Or you will at least know why you don’t.

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  1. Bruce
    Bruce says:

    Can this please be recorded? I have a standing committment on Tuesday nights at the time til April. Please?

  2. Micahel
    Micahel says:

    I third that request; I have something Tuesday night but would otherwise love to view the presentation. Thanks.

    • Sarah
      Sarah says:

      I’m with them! Can’t make it – it would be 2am in my Old Continent side – which would mean finishing around 4am?! ;P

  3. Alison
    Alison says:


    It would be great if you could do a follow-up blog post on why we shouldn’t try and make money from our blogs. I have to miss tomorrow’s webcast, and I noticed you would be touching on that.

    Do you think a person can only write from the heart when they blog for free, for example?

    Keep up the great work!


  4. Virginia
    Virginia says:

    Hi Penelope,
    I am with the others, can you record it? I am going to be on a 14 hour flight Tuesday and can’t get online. I appreciate your generous information and would love to hear your advice.
    Cheers and take good care, V

  5. AndreavLewis
    AndreavLewis says:

    I live for Brazen Careerist webinars! It’s informative information that TRULY makes a difference in defining one’s career path and making it what YOU want, but wait there’s more! @penelopetrunk, @PaughGinney see you two tomorrow! =]

  6. Julie
    Julie says:

    Ditto? About the great webinars. But also about having another commitment tomorrow night. I seventh (or eighth or whatever it is) the suggestion to record or transcribe it.

  7. Erika Harris
    Erika Harris says:

    Penelope, I’m going to be on tomorrow, but I’ve got a blogging question for you now: I just published a post, and because it features someone you reference a lot — Temple Grandin — I was hoping you wouldn’t mind giving it a critique?

  8. Jo Green
    Jo Green says:

    I would love to see this recorded also. I’m with the others on this and can’t make it, but would hate to miss out on the value you’re giving.

  9. Stanley Lee
    Stanley Lee says:

    Looking forward to ask tough questions to you in order to receive some advice on how I can improve my blog as a college student wrapping up my degree. Hope my questions will contribute too.

  10. Amanda
    Amanda says:

    It is such a shame that I’m busy on Tuesday nights too~ this looks amazing! I get tired of seeing all of the “make money by blogging” advertisements. I don’t have a blog of my own although I enjoy reading others’ blogs. But I know for sure that unless I was blogging for fun that it would never be a successful venture!!

  11. sonia sehgal
    sonia sehgal says:

    I want to know about how to make money through blog…
    where we want to register?
    what is the way to receives payments?
    what is blogging?


  12. TwistedByKnaves
    TwistedByKnaves says:

    “Very well then: alone.”

    Tragically, I’m too old for Brazen Careerist (though I did join to show support at the Time of the Tasteless Tweet) and too tired for a call at 2 am GMT. I suppose I’ll just have to blunder on as best I can.

    It would be nice to see a recording, if this can be arranged.

  13. dan
    dan says:

    Nice and informative article. Most people want to know how to make money through the blogs they made. By knowing how then it’s a probably a good idea.

  14. sam milner
    sam milner says:

    I always look for blogs saying how you can make money online through there blog after all the more ways you can make money the better knowledge is power.

  15. Lex van Buuren
    Lex van Buuren says:

    For Europeans like me this means it is taking place in the middle of the night…

    Can I watch later? (recorded)

    Bye from sunny Amsterdam,

    Lex van Buuren

  16. Anna
    Anna says:

    I’m very excited about this, since I’ve wanted to start a blog for at least a year, but keep coming up with reasons to stall. Hope you’ll address aesthetic tips to blogs as well.

  17. Claes
    Claes says:

    Meeting your goals seems real interesting. And I’m always looking for web site tips. I think a tape and (preferably) transcript would be real nice.

  18. Lyndas9254
    Lyndas9254 says:

    I too am interested in these blog web tips. I don’t understand all that much about blogs yet and think you will be able to provide alot of great tips. I agree it would be nice for a transcript…easy to fit in my schedule. Thanks.

  19. Mike Johnston
    Mike Johnston says:

    I definitely think there would be an advantage to posting this for everyone who cannot attend. Heck, a transcript would be even better but I realize that’s tons of work. Looking forward to it.


    • Antony
      Antony says:

      Every day I got emails promoting :How to make money from your blog… Now I’m really looking forward to learn why I should not try to make money from my blog

  20. Toni Young
    Toni Young says:

    I just started a new blog in the fitness niche and I need allot of help getting it off the ground. But if I shouldn’t make any money from it, then what’s the point?

  21. Ken Chadwick
    Ken Chadwick says:

    It amy have been possible to make a fortune from blogging a while back but I doubt that many do so now, I have a few blogs but I doubt I get more than $500 a year from them and that in no way covers my time and effort. Still we live in hope.

  22. Gerty
    Gerty says:

    Infotainment. Watching it right now. It’s hilarious. Laughing out loud at Penelope and Ryan attempting to get a word in.

    I’m glad I made the time for this. Please do another one soon.

    P.S. Penelope you are great even when you are grumpy and complaining. Allen W is crazy and annoying. I think he might be in love with you. Yeah ban him.

  23. Christina Brown
    Christina Brown says:

    I did not go inside the video chat, but I did see the whole session. Discard my first post. Penelope, I found you very fascinating and such a character. I am going to follow your blog for now on. Thank you Penelope and Ryan for the tips. 2010 is the year of blog improvement!

    Christina Brown

  24. Melissa
    Melissa says:

    @ P – If you wanted to send me the raw video files I’m sure we could come up with a reasonable rate for me to transcribe them for you …. and for all the other folks here ;-)

    mbreau (at)

  25. melanie gao
    melanie gao says:

    The timing of this call was perfect for me – 9am my time. Thanks for that.

    I took one point away from the webinar – don’t try to make money off your blog. That’s liberating for me because I never thought I would anyway, now I’m okay with not even trying.

  26. Donna
    Donna says:

    I’m not one to balk when someone drops an F bomb, and I sincerely value quirkiness, but I really felt that your message, your intelligence, and your value proposition, were overshadowed by your juvenile behavior. Which, unlike Gerty, I didn’t find hilarious. Plus, your disdain for those of us who bothered to log in to hear you speak about a topic that you are apparently bored with, kind of pissed me off.

  27. Ricardo
    Ricardo says:

    Thank you for sharing some of your thoughts regarding the subject of blogging. Aside from all the jokes and the fact you were very entertaining by being bored ;-)

    I learned and re-discovered great tips about making a blog successful…

    I learned to avoid blogging with the solely goal to make money off blog ads, to not worry about other people copying the content of my blog, to use my own voice to achieve uniqueness (everyone is already unique), to not worry too much about the design of my blog and very importantly… to make an effort and leave good comments in popular blogs to hopefully generate some interest and traffic to my own blog ;-)

  28. Robert
    Robert says:

    I hope the broadcast was a smashing success. I recently started my blog with the explicit purpose of making money, so I’m anxious to hear the Q&A, which I’m sure will answer many of my questions.

    Looking forward to when the recording will be available. Thanks.

  29. smita
    smita says:

    I’m very excited about this, since I’ve wanted to start a blog for at least a year, but keep coming up with reasons to stall.

  30. Emily Anderson
    Emily Anderson says:

    Hey!! thanks for this post. Let me frank i am just in the field of blog campaigning but i could not understand how to attract peoples to visit my blog. This blog boot camp idea will help me a lot.

  31. Ava Lene
    Ava Lene says:

    Hehe – what’s with the Tummy Tuck article !! Is someone trying to tell me something?!

    Really looking forward to hearing/reading the recording/transcript. I love this blog – it’s just what I need to help my thinking about my future path.
    Keep up the great work!


  32. Josh Boxer
    Josh Boxer says:

    Thank you for the awesome lesson on Blogging. Very enlightening. I Have been blogging with success for a year now and have found that offering value before anything else is imperative to any long term success. Love your attitude, it’s raw, uncanny and uncut. Keep up the awesome work.

  33. Emcguire
    Emcguire says:

    This is very interesting, especially since there are hundreds of adds that urge you to click them to find out how to MAKE money with your blog:)

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