Why I Joined a Monthly-Subscription Bloggers’ Learning Community

Carol Tice

Why join a writer community. Makealivingwriting.comI’ve been curious about monthly-subscription course models. I’ve interviewed more than one person who I know is making over $1 million a year with their subscription courseware. I decided I need to learn more about how this works, in case I want to do it myself!

I have some real strengths as a writer — years of staff-writing work honed my discipline and helped  me learn how to meet deadlines and come up with tons of story ideas. But blogging — now that’s fairly new for me.

Yes, I’ve found some success as a paid blogger for others, currently including and Entrepreneur magazine and Forbes along with some small-business clients, too. Many months now, I find half or more of my total income is coming from blogging! So in one sense you’d say I’m a successful blogger.

But what I’d really love is to find a way to make this blog into more of a paying gig. That way I could spend more time helping other writers earn more, which I’ve discovered is an activity I truly love. Have to say, when one of my mentees tells me they’ve gotten a lucrative assignment by following one of my tips, I feel more excited than when I land a fat client myself! If this blog generated income, I could offer more free tips on the blog and spend more time helping more people realize their dreams of supporting themselves through writing.

I’ve already got a partial plan for monetizing my blog with my upcoming Make a Living Writing e-book (we’re proofing it now!), and with more e-books to come. While I’ve found success blogging for others, I know there’s a whole lot I don’t know yet about being successful here on my own blog — how to grow the subscriber list, engage readers, and reach a broader audience.

This week I got a great offer from two bloggers I’ve been reading for a long time and whom I think are among the top niche bloggers today, Leo Babauta and Mary Jaksch of Zen Habits and Goodlife Zen, respectively.

The upshot is… I’ve just joined their A-List Blogging Bootcamp, which I can already recommend (and yes, that is my affiliate link). At last, that graphic’s making sense now, right?

They were doing a special deal where it was just $20 a month (cancel anytime!) and we got a lot of freebies for signing up now. I thought at that price, given what I could reap from having a blog that earns, it was such a tiny price that I couldn’t say no. I gather there are 700+ of us in the community right now, so lots of folks to connect with in there as well as great learning.

I haven’t had much time yet to participate and work their courses, but I’ll report back when I’ve gotten a chance to do so. So far, I got to look at a video of Mary’s frank assessment of how her blog initially sucked, and what she did to make it more successful — and I got one really valuable tip out of it I’ll be implementing for my site soon. Watch and see if you can spot what I change!

Have you joined any of the monthly-sub learning communities? If so, what did you think? Was it worth the money? What did you learn? Leave a comment and share your experience.


  1. diane

    I just joined this bootcamp and will see how helpful it is. I ghost blog for many blog owners so hope it is as helpful to me as to blog owners who create their own content.

    I will be curious to see how others feel and how you feel at the end of the month. Can you keep me posted on your success/failure, concerns, suggestions etc.



  2. Carol Tice

    I will definitely post my thoughts about it in a month or two!

  3. John White

    I was in Problogger Community last year, at the introductory price of $2/month. After a few months of telling myself and other people,

    >I haven’t had much time yet to participate and work their courses, but I’ll report back when I’ve gotten a chance to do so.

    I realized I wasn't going to hunker down and spend the time in the forums that success required.

    Thanks for the pointer to Leo's eBook.

  4. Carol Tice

    John —

    I read you there…I'm really slammed with assignments! But with my ebook almost ready to come out I'm pretty motivated to learn all I can about building the blog. Will report back on what I get out of it!

  5. Rebecca

    I just downloaded the free eBook and look forward to reading it. I would love to join a bootcamp like A-List Bloggers Bootcamp or another writing bootcamp. I'd also like to enroll in journalism and English course to really strengthen my writing skills.

  6. George Heidekat

    Ooooohhhh — BOOTS! (Smacks himself on forehead.) The camo in that photo works all too well. I was seeing a country lane stretching away through rocks and trees. Go ahead, squint your eyes. Anyway, keep up the good work, Carol.

  7. Carol Tice

    Thanks for my laugh of the day, George! Shows how much of life is our own perceptions.

    Thanks for weighing in —


  8. Mary

    Hey Carol – I’m delighted that you’ve joined the A-List Blogger Club! The niche you’ve found for your blog is cool – there are so many writers out there who want to earn money from their work.
    I look forward to seeing you thrive!
    – Mary Jaksch

    • Carol Tice

      Hi Mary —

      Thanks for visiting! You should know I loved your video about how you improved your blog…I'm thinking hard about my tagline as a result and may go with something a little broader.

      And you can see on the right my popular posts widget — added last night after I did some of the first lessons in the track on ramping up subscribers, which is my most immediate goal.

      So even though I have very little time to work the site right now, I'm getting a little something out of the A-list courses right away. I try to view something daily while I eat lunch…hard to write or interview people while I chew and pick up food, so that's my opportunity to listen and learn!


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