Denise Wakeman and Patsi Krakoff tell the story of what can happen when the student becomes the teacher. Theirs is an adventure about a new business relationship that resulted in ... drum roll please ... The Blog Squad!
Blogger Story Tellers: Denise Wakeman and Patsi Krakoff, Build a Better Blog
The Blog Squad Story - It all started in September 2004. Patsi and I (Denise) had been working together on the marketing for Patsi's Customized Newsletters Services business. She was my client.
One Saturday, Patsi decided to set up a blog on Typepad after reading about blogs in Debbie Weil's ezine. She was so excited that she had been able to set it up by herself -- no tech skills required. She sent me an email and I knew right then I better set up a blog too since Patsi may be asking me questions about it (the way she puts it is that I dove in and got a black belt in blogging and Typepad!).
For both of us, it was an immediate realization that this was the perfect Internet tool for solo professionals and small businesses to get their business online and start building those critical relationships with potential customers. We became business blogging evangelists.
For the next few months we both immersed ourselves in all things blogs. By January 2005 we decided to offer a blogging teleclass to our network of clients and coaches. That evolved into a new blog to document what we were teaching which became an ebook on how to build a blog with Typepad and a private password protected tutorial blog for clients.
As a result of diving into the Blogosphere our businesses have
changed dramatically. In fact it was a client who had called on us to
makeover her blog that led to the birth of The Blog Squad and creating
our extreme blog makeover program! Patsi and I went from a
client/vendor relationship to a business partnership offering
and blogging services; we've produced many blogging products; we've conducted 49 interviews with blogging and business experts; we've been invited to conduct teleclasses on blogging for other organizations.
Last month Debbie Weil,
<Read Debbie's Blogger Story> who was the catalyst for our blogging adventures, contacted us to share
the podium with her at a book conference. We've named her the official
Blog Squad Fairy Godmother. However, beyond the business success, it is
the amazing people we've met and relationships that have developed that
really have made a huge and positive impact in our lives, both
personally and professionally.
Blogging is a beautiful tool and an amazing way to make friends and build one's business. There's something about bloggers that they tend to develop a deeper sense of friendship. The excitment of meeting a blogger you've read or whose blog you've commented on, or whom you've given a referral to, is really gratifying. There's a level of intimacy that I've never experienced before (online) even though I've been working and marketing on the Internet since 1996.