Smiles all round!

Julia Atkinson : : Studio Home : : Blogcademy Scholarship. from John-Jo Ritson on Vimeo.


Not quite sure how to explain the crazy disbelief and excitement I have right now!

While on my normal morning blog browse (via iPhone in bed!) I popped over for a visit to Gala Darling and discovered that she was banding together with two other blog super powers to create The Blogcademy. My ears started to ring as I read through the course description explaining this was a step up from simply entry level blog info covering off how to get other writing opportunities, develop relationships with brands and deliver a better all round experience to grow your audience. This might all sound a little dry to you friends, but with all the hours that I have plugged into Studio Home over the last 4.5 years I couldn’t think of anything better then to take it to a place where I could actually get PAID to feed this crazy addiction! But big problem in all this being that the course was in New York, USA. And I am in Wanaka, bottom of the world, New Zealand. There’s a large body of water between us. I was brushing it off as an idea for next year when I spotted a mention of a single scholarship spot! This would cover the $600 US course fee which is a solid $730 NZ. To be in the running I had to ” make a video explaining why I should be in the first graduating class of Blogcademy”. ย Well, my Dad’s saying of ” you’ve got to be in to win” struck me and also the fact that I lived in a small town heavy with very talented film makers!

With promises of burgers and beer I managed to enlist John Jo Ritson of Ride Class Productions who I had worked closely with at Treble Cone producing weekly snow updates. I had watched John Jo develop his work over the last couple of years to a beautiful and creative point and felt sure that he could help me be in the running. Lucky for me he LOVED burgers and beer and over a couple of afternoons we were able to come up with the result above. I emailed the link through to Gala, Kat and Nubby the day before the deadline and 48 hours later I dropped my laptop (really) as I read this email:

Hey Julia
Pack your bags because you’re coming to NYC with us!!
We loved your video so much and Gala is CRAZY excited to have another Kiwi coming. We can’t wait to meet you! We’ll be announcing you as our winner & sharing your video on The Blogcademy blog on Tuesday.ย ย 

As you can imagine this all pretty awesome and I have Ride Class Productions to thank in total!! Next task is raising the air fare ech!

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27 Responses to Smiles all round!

  1. Flyn says:

    Congratulations Julia. Totally deserved and I am extremely jealous!! Please make sure you post all bout it so we can live vicariously through you. In the mean time i’m going to start saving my pennies so I can do the next one!!

  2. Kylie says:

    Congratulations Julia. Such awesome news and I loved your little entry flick too.

  3. Femke says:

    Can’t wait to meet you, Julia! ๐Ÿ™‚ Love the video!!!
    We’re going to have such a good time!
    See you in a month!

  4. Angela Robinson says:

    Congratulations! I love your blog, I get your RSS feeds and always read all of them. Am inspired to get blogging too. How cool is it you are going to NYC, look forward to getting posts from you on your big adventure. How crazy is the world we live in now eh?


    Wow, this is insane and SO richly deserved. Julia, you rule.
    I can;t wait to hear every last morsel of your adventure and will be cheering you on from back home.

    Huge Hive Five,

  6. Alex Fulton says:

    Ju! You wee star!!

    I’ve just read your news and could not wish for a better design-human to win such a super thing. Well done you and good on you for putting together such an amazing vid. I feel like a proud big sister! Can’t wait to hear all about it. Very tempted too come too!

    Again just so stoked for you. Go girl.

    Alex x

  7. Hi Julia, I was recently introduced to Studio Home by the lovely Sally Goodall who I met for a coffee a couple of weeks ago here in Melbourne. I have been reading Gala, Nubby & Kat’s blogs for a long time & am so stoked they have picked a super talented Kiwi to get the blogcademy scholarship – a huge congrats to you! I bet you’re beside yourself! I have a fledgling blog & am in total admiration of yours, it’s gorgeous. just wanted to pop past & say hey, & that I hope you have an incredible time in NYC!

  8. julia says:

    Oh such lovely comments for all of you guys. Thanks SO much !! xo

  9. Ed says:

    Oh my goodness Julia i really should check my favourite blogs more often!!! WOW!!! superduper congrats! have the bestest time and enjoy every moment!
    If you are heading northish before the big adventure please stop in to little O town would love to finally say Hi in person! and thank you for all your amazing blogs
    Arohanui ed x ๐Ÿ™‚

    • julia says:

      Ed I can’t believe I havn’t made it past your special spot in the world yet! Am secretly hoping I will get a crew of my friends away for a West Coast mini break before I split for the big city! If I can I would LOVE to meet you ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thanks for your support xo Ju

      • Ed says:

        Have heaps of accommodation that I can reccomend Ju although it is a little bit mad with the ODD whitebaiter or 2 around! but it would be no worries to organise! you never know it could be when we have a arts on tour concert in Donovans store! that is a real treat ๐Ÿ™‚ take care and if we can make it happen awesome:) if not… I’m sure you will need a westcoast escape from the big smoke in the not too distant future!
        lots of aroha from Okarito xxx

  10. we are so excited to meet you!

  11. Anna Allan says:

    Was so lovely to meet you on the chairlift at Treble Cone yesterday ๐Ÿ™‚

    Congratulations on winning this trip to New York……awesome! You go girl!!!

  12. Claire says:

    Congrats Julia! thats so super exciting!! Have an amazing time and learn learn learn!

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  14. How exciting! Congratulations, what an incredible opportunity. I look forwards to hearing all about your travels!

  15. Diane says:

    Congratulations Julia! This is awesome news and you totally deserve it. It’s a great video, and I can’t wait to hear about your NYC adventures!

  16. Jo in NZ says:

    What amazing news. All planets aligning for you and your lovely blog! Great work.

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