About

The Creative Studio Academy is the place to help you get started and learn more about online content creation.

You need more than a website!

“Build it and they will come” doesn’t really work, no matter what Keven Costner says.

When you build it, build it well. Make it look good. Go for a WOW response.

But then you need to promote it. Not like a used-car salesman or spammy advertisement.

You need to build relationships and trust.

What is content creation?

It is creating content by way of blogging, podcasting, video, and other available means. It may take some time to hone your skills, but most people should be able to well with creating and sharing content online.

Part of this also involves figuring out which form is the best way for your to communicate. Are you more of a writer or a speaker? Would you prefer to just speak or to be in a video? Everyone’s personality is different, so figure out which form fits you best!

What can you expect?

I cover this in Semester 1, Session 1 of the podcast, but here’s a quick list of what you can expect:

  1. First of all, CSA is an extension of my business, so there are going to be avenues of revenue
  2. Podcast sessions
  3. Expert guests
  4. Solo shows
  5. Expect to have sessions in semesters (seasons)
  6. Blog posts
  7. Tutorials
  8. Membership site (possible) or closed Facebook group
  9. Courses
  10. Group
  11. Individual (self-paced and one-on-one)
  12. Products
  13. Affiliates/Ads/Sponsors
  14. E-mail newsletter
  15. Updates for new posts and sessions
  16. Special articles and interviews just for subscribers
  17. Discounts on products and services

About the Chief Guide

family_2011My name is Joshua Rivers, and I am the host of the podcast and Chief Guide of the Creative Studio Academy. I am also a website consultant, blogger, podcaster, and author.

I started designing websites in the mid-1990’s as a teenager. I took a little hiatus from web design from 2000-2005 while I was in a Bible college. After college, I worked at several churches and began creating websites for them.

Up to this point, everything I learn was self-taught. By 2010, my wife and I decided that it was time for me to become more dedicated to learning more with web design and development, so I starting attending classes at a community college.

In 2013, I started Dev By JR as my company for website consulting (Dev by JR is short for Development by Joshua Rivers, in case you were wondering). As I helped clients build their websites, I found myself repeatedly talking and teaching about going beyond their basic website by blogging.

They wanting to start blogging, but they were so busy with the day-to-day aspects of their business, that the idea seemed daunting. They had a hard time seeing how they could have time to write a blog post, much less to see the time they could invest in learning how to do it (best practices, etc.).

Through a series of brainstorming sessions, I eventually came up with the idea for this site. My vision is for this to be a one-stop place to make it easy for people wanting to get started with content creation. Not just blogging, but podcasting, video, and other forms of content creation.