First of all, I would like to thank everyone who took part in the Virtual Apprenticeship Challenge. It has been a wonderful opportunity for me to figure out how to communicate these topics and ideas, and it has been gratifying to see the community springing from the groups.
I've decided to take what I've learned from running this program and use it to create two new, paid courses that I'll be opening enrollment to now (yep, you read that right). So of the 90 people who signed up for the first round of the VAC, probably only 30 took part in a way that was obvious to me. There was greater enthusiasm at the beginning that dwindled throughout the weeks, leading me to think that a one month course would be a more appropriate time frame than the six weeks that this round was, and that by charging money I can get people to stick to their guns a bit more and also winnow it down to the people who really want it. I also saw that there were really two tracks: those who wanted to learn how to push their business to the next level and those simply wanted to push their carving to the next level (and these are not mutually exclusive).
The DM list function within Instagram is limited to 30 people, so that's my limit. Part of the problem with having three groups of 30 this time around was that I found it tedious to have to repeat each message three times, so I didn't communicate as much as I might have. My goal is to interact enough that everyone's needs are being met.
So. Each track is limited to 30 people. It will be one month long, with weekly prompts and check ins from me several times a week.
Each course costs $50. The way to sign up is to let me know through Instagram DM or email and I'll send you an invoice to pay. To take part you must be on Instagram (sorry, that's just how it goes).
This first round will start Saturday January 12th.
The Virtual Apprenticeship Challenge will be the course on spooncarving. We will work on all aspects of spooncarving, broken into weekly topics to focus on, but also working specifically to address your unique concerns.
The Virtual Journeyman Challenge will be the course on business development. It will be a condensed version of this initial run of the VAC, so you can read previous blog posts to get an idea of the topics.
And just to be clear: everything I will be sharing is stuff I've already given away for free . It's out there if you consume enough of my content. What you get for the fifty bucks is direct and unlimited access to me, a community of others going through the same experience, and the structure of the course. If you would find this helpful, I hope you will be in touch to sign up.
And for anyone who took part in this first round of the VAC, please let me know what worked and didn't work for you! I value any feedback you'd care to share. Thank you for your trust and enthusiasm.
My blog has evolved into a series of short essays on the nature of entrepreneurship, craftsmanship, and their overlap. If either of these topics is something you think about, you will probably like this.