Atlanta’s Famous Blogging Class


Sunday, July 16, 2017

This is Atlanta’s Most Popular Blogging Workshop! If you’ve been thinking about starting a blog or if you’ve already started one, this workshop will teach you how to sharpen its concept, write better posts, come up with magnetic headlines, generate more ideas, rank higher on Google, triple your traffic and start making money.

(*We serve snacks and guarantee inappropriate conversation.)

You probably have a ton of questions about your blog with nobody to answer them, right?

Questions like:

  • Do I have a compelling concept?
  • Where’s the traffic?
  • Why is nobody linking to me?
  • How do I write better headlines?
  • How do I get more people to read my blog?
  • How do I get ranked higher on Google?
  • Should I rename my blog?
  • How do I get people to comment on my posts?
  • How do I make money off my blog?
  • What’s the fastest way to come up with keywords?
  • Is Google Image the only place to get photos?
  • How can I tell if an image is copyrighted?
  • How do I get advertisers?
  • What’s the difference between a visitor and a page view?
  • How do I promote my blog with Facebook & Twitter?
  • What about YouTube?
  • How do I get people to read more than just one post?

Now, imagine getting answers to all your questions while sitting across the table, face-to-face with the hilarious and irrepressible back-page columnist and blogger for Atlanta Magazine, Hollis Gillespie, and boffo (in a brainy way) syndicated columnist and Huffington Post blogger Mike Alvear.

Sign up NOW and confirm your seat.

Hurry, the Atlanta blog workshop is limited to 25 attendees and we’ve sold out every blogging class! THIS CLASS IS SO POPULAR, THAT WE SELL OUT EVERY TIME!
Sunday, July 16, 2017, 11–5
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Cost: $225
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* Includes snacks and inappropriate conversation.

Doubts? Just click here to read what Jenny Munn, a blogging workshop grad, has to say!

Or check out the video below, where SRL graduate Heather Abraham, author of the award-winning, talks about her experience at the Shocking Real Life Blogging Workshop!

CLASS Location is in the lively Ponce City Market in Atlanta.  Click here for directions.


Jay Leno, Hollis Gillespie

Hollis after the appearance on The Tonight Show

Hollis Gillespie

Syndicated humor columnist and author of the popular Atlanta magazine’s popular backpage column. Gillespie is also the best-selling author of three memoirs (titled Bleachy-Haired Bitch; Tales from a Bad Neighborhood, Confessions of a Recovering Slut and Other Love Stories, and Trailer Trashed; My Dubious Attempts Toward Upward Mobility) based on her blog, the rights of which were purchased for television by Paramount. She is also a radio commentator for NPR and Georgia Public Broadcasting, the personal-essay judge for the Writers Digest annual creative-writing competition, a guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, television writer and not to mention accomplished trapeze artist (not really, but she’s very bendy).

Mike Alvear

Mike’s promo page for his HBO show

Mike Alvear (Class Format Co-Developer)

Huffington Post blogger Mike Alvear is the co-host of HBO’s popular sex advice series, The Sex Inspectors and author of Men Are Pigs But We Love Bacon, Alexander The Fabulous: The Man Who Brought The World To Its Knees, and Sex Inspectors Masterclass: How to Have an Amazing Sex Life. His opinion pieces have appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, Reader’s Digest,, and the Los Angeles Times. Alvear has made guest appearances on the Today Show, Tyra Banks and The Greg Behrendt Show, authors a relationship advice column syndicated to the gay press and blogs at (where he’s always looking for guest bloggers–check it out!)

Still need convincing? Check out what Allison Davis of Decatur, GA, has to say about her experience at the Shocking Real Life blogging workshop:


Why would you want to start

a new blog or turbo-charge the one you’ve got?

We can think of five reasons:

1. Get a Job. Imagine the VP of Widget International deciding between two finalists. You’ve got a blog called “Market Your Widgets” and the other candidate doesn’t. Who wins?

2. Sell Your Book. And speaking engagements, workshops, and seminars. All the while positioning yourself for the your next book deal.

3. Enhance Your Business.Attract sales by being an indispensable source for industry-related news, strategies, tactics — hell, even gossip. A blog can make you the “Go-To” person in your marketplace. It’ll also help your professional networking.

4. Break into Writing. Improve your writing in a real-world scenario where you can get unvarnished opinions from people you don’t know. Better yet, build up your portfolio of essays, social commentary, poetry, advice columns and political observations. Give editors a one-stop-shopping link to your best work.

5. Get Your Ideas Out There. Join the conversation! You don’t have to have a business-related agenda to blog. Do it as an artful form of self-expression. It’s Time To Get Serious About Your Blog!

And the best way to do that is to sign up for the only “Blogging Bootcamp” in Atlanta. Here’s another peek at what you’re going to learn in our 6-hour blogging seminar:

  • How to discover and leverage your blogging voice
  • How to maximize your blogging ROI
  • How to develop killer content
  • How to set short term and long term goals for your blog
  • How to effectively analyze your stats and blog traffic
  • How to increase your readership and develop loyalty
  • Specific strategies and techniques to improve your “findability” on Google
  • Maintaining professional boundaries while still being personable

Now, before we get to the boots-on-the-ground view, here’s the 2nd most important benefit to taking our Atlanta Blogging Workshop:

A Professional Assessment of Your Blog!

You need another set of eyes to look at your work. Are your ideas sound? Does your execution match your vision? Are you on the right track? Whether you’re spot-on, need to move a few degrees over or need a head-to-toe revamp,

You’re going to experience an enormous sense of relief when somebody outside of your family and friends gives you sound direction.

Now, let’s talk about the ground-level knowledge you’re going to leave with:

How to Write Better Blogs:

  • Expert tips for outstanding web writing
  • How to blog with Magnetic Headlines
  • How to make a blog with a “heat map” that attracts readers.
  • Create a sneeze page and propel readers deep into your blog.

How to Increase traffic to your blog:

  • Five things you can do to double your readers in 30 days.
  • Writing secrets that’ll rank you higher on Google.(It’s about phrases not keywords).
  • How to start a link exchange program (linking to other blogs to drive traffic).
  • How to use Social Media to promote your blog.

How to Make Money Blogging*:

  • 5 ways to find direct advertisers for your blog
  • The best ad networks to join (they’re free!)
  • How to find a sponsor for your blog
  • The 3 things you should look for in affiliate marketing (getting a cut of what you sell on your blog)

* Important! You must have a minimum of 15,000 to 20,000 page views a month before the $$$ start flowing in. The most critical thing you can do to generate revenue is to GROW TRAFFIC. No worries–we’ll show you how.

How to Improve the Look of Your Blog:

  • “Themes” and how to find the one for you
  • Should you start –or move– your blog to its own domain or keep it hosted where it is?
  • Color schemes, type faces, sidebar widgets, line spacing, oh my! What’s best for you?
  • How to find the highest quality royalty-free images.

Just look at what Chelcie Rice of Atlanta, GA, has to say about his experience:

The cost of the Atlanta Blogging Class is only:


For a 6-hour blogging class, that works out to a little over $29 an hour. Such a deal! And in this intensely competitive environment, worth every penny.

Before you sign up, take a look at what past participants have to say:

“Hey Hollis, I wanted to drop you a note and tell you the good news. I’m going to get paid to write! I’ve been asked to join two different online mags as a regular contributor. My blog has been getting a lot of attention lately and both of these jobs are coming from buzz created by articles I’ve written. Hopefully this will is a sign that I’m on the “write” track and I can use these opportunities to get my book published. Anyway, I’m way excited to get paid to do something I love!!! THANKS A MILLION for the encouragement!”– Michelle Bollinger“When Mike showed me how easy it is for each of my blog posts to appear on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, AUTOMATICALLY, without doing a thing outside of the setup, I couldn’t believe it! Now I’m getting a ton of traffic from those sites.”– Stan Lerner

“What a team! Two great writers coming from different angles made the whole greater than the sum of its parts. Hollis helped me reposition my blog and write more compelling posts and Mike helped me use some amazing guerilla tactics. Like the one about getting links. I struck gold with his advice (don’t ask other bloggers to link to your site; ask them to link to a post you wrote that complements a post they wrote).– Stephen Moore

Sign up now and take your blog to the next level.

If you’re a professional, we’ll show you how to build expert status by sharing knowledge and being insanely useful to your readers.

If you’re a “civilian” who wants to showcase your humor, political insight or social commentary, we’ll help you express it and get more people to read you.

If you’re a business, we’ll help put a human face on your company and get you attention, build loyalty, and generate sales.

Sign up NOW and confirm your seat.

Hurry, the Atlanta blog workshop is limited and we’ve sold out every blogging class!
Sunday, July 16, 2017, 11–5
Add to Cart
Cost: $225
100% Safe and Secure – We are PayPal verified.

Click now and you’ll get an immediate email

confirming your seat. Instant confirmation only available online

* Includes coffee, tea, snacks and inappropriate conversation.

We can’t wait to strap a rocket to the back of your blog and watch you take off!

All the Best,

Hollis Gillespie

P.S. – The Atlanta Blogging Workshop is the only Atlanta-based blog seminar for beginning and intermediate bloggers, but it’s open to bloggers of all levels. It’s led by two of Atlanta’s most prominent writers–Atlanta Magazine’s Hollis Gillespie and Huffington Post’s Mike Alvear. For intermediate bloggers this 6-hour workshop will help you write killer content, triple your traffic, and start generating an income stream. For beginners, you’ll learn everything you need to set up, develop and promote your blog. Sign up now–every one of our Atlanta blogging workshops sells out!


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  1. Sign up.
  2. Bring your laptop to the class, if you want (we’ve got wifi).
  3. Start writing down your questions so that when you get to the workshop your mind won’t go blank.
  4. Bring a folder– you’re going to need it for all the leave-behind materials.
  5. Bring a sense of humor–you’re going to need that too. We don’t do boring.


The Shocking Real Life Learning Center is located in the lively Ponce City Market in Atlanta, Georgia at 675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30308


Classroom area

Break Area

Break Area

(Click HERE for directions from your location) (Note: The SRL Southeast Screenwriters Workshops are taught at different locations, click here for those locations.)

Free Parking — Ponce City Market is located at the corner of Glen Iris Dr. and Ponce de Leon Ave at 675 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE, ATlanta, GA 30308, directly across the street from the Whole Foods Market. On Glen Iris Dr. there is ample free street parking. minutes and stops right in front of our building. Here is a map and more information on Atlanta’s MARTA rail system.

or Paid Parking:

Ponce City Market has both underground and above-ground parking areas. Click HERE for information regarding paid parking at Ponce City Market.


Retail Area Ponce City Market


Retail Area Ponce City Market

Ponce City Market

Ponce City Market

Ponce City Market

Ponce City Market


Now before you sign up, can we just brag a little? Here’s more of what past attendees have said about our Atlanta blog seminar:

Now before you sign up, can we just brag a little? Here’s more of what past attendees have said about our Atlanta blog seminar:

“You know how you always remember that ONE THING in a seminar that’s usually some small throw-away piece of advice? Here’s that one thing I learned from Hollis and Mike on generating ideas for my blog: Set up a Google News alert for key words in my industry. I’ve never run out of ideas since.”– Susan Miller”Hollis made me laugh till I cried…and got the point. I’ve never heard anyone use so much humor to make such great points. Since learning her 7-point Headline Writing Technique my posts have never been better. Hollis also noticed it wasn’t just my titles that needed tweaking, but what she called the ‘opening statement’ after each title. Wow! Thanks for a great workshop.”– Vicky Goddard

“Here’s what I learned in the seminar about writing blog posts: Stop saying what you’re going to say and say it. I was opening sentences with stuff like, ‘I’d like to take this opportunity to extend to you my very sincere congratulations.’ You know, instead of just saying, “Congratulations!”– Alex Robbins

“I left that seminar with more resources than I ever expected. I especially loved the take-home lists that showed the best sites for almost every aspect of blogging. I especially liked the list of royalty-free picture sites (I thought Google Image was my only option–who knew there were DOZENS!).– Allan Wozniak

Are You Ready To Put More Bang In Your Blog?


Sign up NOW and confirm your seat! Hurry, the Atlanta blog workshop enrollment is very limited and we’ve sold out every blogging class!


Sunday, July 16, 2017, 11–5
Add to Cart
Cost: $225
100% Safe and Secure – We are PayPal verified.

Click now and you’ll get an immediate email

confirming your seat. Instant confirmation only available online

* Includes coffee, tea, snacks and inappropriate conversation.

We’re located just north of Downtown Atlanta in the Poncey-Highlands area. Our Atlanta blogging seminar students come from Fulton, Dekalb, Cobb, and Gwinnett County. They come from midtown, Marietta, Norcross, Sandy Springs, near the perimeter, outside the perimeter, on Peachtree or north of metro Atlanta. That includes Suwanee, Lithonia, Lawrenceville, Kennesaw, Emory, Douglasville, Decatur, Chamblee, Conyers, Buford, Alpharetta, Saturn, Pluto, as well as the occasional escapee from the nearest black hole.

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