Bunny Ears In Thailand For The Blogcademy.

Waaaay back when I first started blogging I only read about three or four blogs regularly because believe it or not, there just weren’t that many bloggers. I read Susie Bubble, Fat Mum Slim, Style Bytes (sadly she stopped blogging many years ago but you can still get her content from April 2007 backwards on her blog) and Gala Darling. I discovered Gala one day when I was working full time at the University of Canberra. She was this nutty chick who took pictures of herself in her apartment in Melbourne and wrote these rad articles about fashion and self esteem. Her hair colour would change every few weeks and sometimes she’d wear two different coloured shoes. She started linking to one of her online pals Nubby Twiglet and I soon added her mono-chromatically awesome design blog to my list of daily reads. I bought one of her famous ballet slipper singlets and wore it until it fell apart. In recent years, Gala has moved to New York, Nubby remains in Portland and they’ve teamed with another fabulous blogger Kat from RocknRoll Bride. Together the three of them run a blogging school called The Blogcademy. They’re coming to Melbourne in November and the three Headmistresses offer a scholarship to each class. To apply, I need to post on my blog saying why I should win the scholarship. I’m Australian and we don’t really like to talk about how awesome we are, so I’ve decided to do a little a photo journal instead. I’m actually in Thailand on holiday as I type this so I present to you Bunny Ears in Thailand For The Blogcademy. (The Headmistresses wear bunny ears to teach their Blogcademy classes. It’s totally relevant. I promise.)



Bunny ears by the river in Chiang Mai after played with kittens and shopped in a Thai antique store.



Bunny ears on the train to Kanchanaburri from Bangkok after a monk blessed us on the train and we ate tiny mango train treats.



Bunny ears at a resort in Kanchannaburri before climbing to the very top of the Erawan waterfalls causing serious walking difficulties for days afterwards.



Bunny ears at the night markets in Chiang Mai where we bought silk scarves and drank Singha.



Bunny ears on a bridge in Chiang Mai after we walked the whole perimeter of the ancient inner city.

 I’d love to hang with these cool chicks and pick their brains about the business of blogging… and have major Virg-asms with Nubby and Gala. I also just love hanging out with other bloggers at conferences. Blogging is so isolating and it’s always wonderful to be around like minded people and fan girl out together over our favourite bloggers.

Is there anyone really niche that you’d love to meet? An obscure sci-fi writer? An elite athlete of a sport you played when you were a kid? Joey from Degrassi High?

Carly is the founding editor of Smaggle which launched in 2007 back when blogging was weird. She has appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Cosmopolitan and Cleo magazines. Hoop earrings are totally her thing and she almost got run over by Myf Warhurst while out jogging one day.


  1. Love this! I REALLY want you to get this one. x

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      Smaggle 3 years ago

      Me too! We started ready Gala at around the same time. I’d love to mee them all!

  2. daddownunder 3 years ago

    Totally bunny-derful, my favourite are the Chiang Mai one floppy ear look, so in this season. Good luck girlfriend.

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      Smaggle 3 years ago

      Thanks man! Keep your fingers crossed for me!

  3. I love you & your bunny ears! You totally need to win this xx

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      Smaggle 3 years ago

      Thanks lovely! I’ve got all my good thoughts going for it!

  4. Nicole 3 years ago

    I gotta say, I’m kinda surprised by this. I can’t speak for Kat and I liked Nubby when I used to read her blog a few years back, but I can’t stand Gala. If asked, I would have thought you would see right through her bullshit and want nothing to do with this rip-off parading itself as something helpful.
    After reading her for about as long as I’ve read your blog, she has proven herself as fake, unable to keep a job outside her own blog, stand-offish when it comes to her readers wanting to open up a road of communication, and repetitive as hell.

    Everything else she has offered through payment has been a rehash of things that she has talked about on her blog MULTIPLE times and you can access on the internet for free. I’d expect this is no different. And everything I’ve seen about it makes it seem like the three of them are more interested in calling themselves headmistresses and making everything “pretty and magical” than actually helping these people.
    I can see why you would want to hang out with other attendees, but I think you’re way too awesome and real to hang out with someone as self-centered and one note as Gala. Regardless of her star sign.

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      Smaggle 3 years ago

      Thanks for the comment love.
      I’ve been reading all of their blogs for years and I always go for every learning oppurtunity that I can.
      Everyone is entitled to their own opinions but we may have to agree to disagree on this one.

  5. Nicole 3 years ago

    And just so I’m not a complete downer (sorry), I would love to meet either Maria Bamford, Allie Brosh from Hyperbole and a Half, or Stephen Fry.

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      Smaggle 3 years ago

      Allie Brosh! I freaking love her! Who’s Maria Bamford?? Must google.

      • Nicole 3 years ago

        Maria Bamford is a comedian. She’s hilarious and presents jokes about her own mental illness in brilliant ways that I’ve never heard any other comedian be half as good as.

        I freaking love Allie Brosh too! We’re back to agreeing ; P Feels like a warm, cozy blanket!

  6. Natalie Mulford 3 years ago

    I’m heading down to Melbourne to attend! My story is pretty similar to yours as to how I started reading their blogs, ohh so many years ago. I just couldn’t resist snapping up a ticket as soon as I heard they were coming to Oz!! Fingers crossed you win!

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      Smaggle 3 years ago

      Oh I’d love to meet you finally! That would be amazing! Let’s cross all our fingers and toes shall we?

  7. I hope your and your bunny ears win! Best of luck xx

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      Smaggle 3 years ago

      Thank you! Fingers crossed!

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