What is a membership site?

An Overview and the Benefits to Joining One

So in the last post, I jumped right into the benefits of membership sites but perhaps you’re new to the concept of membership sites. Here’s a post to give you an overview of what is a membership site and why it may be to your benefit to join one.

membership site overview

So let’s take one step back. A membership site is a members-only site that you either pay a one-time or ongoing subscription for exclusive training and content.

I’ve joined a few membership sites over the years. You may have already joined one and not even realized it. They can include closed forums, goal association groups, online classrooms and training, and tracking/project teams, etc.

They all the following in common:

  1. They have one main problem to solve or goal to hit and it involves going through content and training provided.
  2. You are joining a team of people who will share the journey with you. It’s very likely you may not personally know the team.

  3. You’re all there to learn and share progress, and encourage.

You Joined a Membership Site, Now What?

8 Suggestions to Make the Most from a Membership Site

It’s one thing to listen and learn from your favorite author/speaker/podcaster; it’s quite another to join a membership site and make the decisions to actively implementing what is being suggested.

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Back in November 2016, I joined The Rocking Productivity Academy (RPA), created by podcaster Jeff Sanders. I was very excited and so ready to meet like-minded folks. After 10 months, here’s what I’ve learned so far about getting the most out of a member site. RPA is open this week if you’re looking at joining a productivity site, but the suggestions below can certainly be applied to other membership sites like this one.

Blog Birthday-ish

This short blog post was originally published on tracyibarra.wordpress.com on September 22, 2011. I’m sharing it as a #thisdayinhistory. It’s interesting to see how much or little I’ve grown as a person. The old wordpress site was taken down so I figured I’d put them here to live. Enjoy.


6 Years to Get Consistent

Why did it take me 6 years to finally blog, consistently? Well, because when you don’t believe in your own voice, it’s pretty hard to imagine that others will.

I’ve been blogging off and on for even longer than 6 years. I first found out about “online journals” when I was in 9th grade. Yeah, I was sheltered. I knew about websites but I didn’t know that people posted their “journals” online so other people to read and comment. I thought it was rather strange. Isn’t a journal meant to be private?

Goulet Pen Company

This is where I bought my first fountain pen from. Brian has some great getting started videos if you are completely new to fountain pens.

Even better, they also have some of the best notebook and paper collections I’ve seen. If I want to dabble in the European notebooks, they have them. Metric A4 notebooks? yep. What about “French-Ruled” paper so I can practice my handwriting with structure? But of course and with a video. This is that collection that the particular paper people would enjoy. Only high-quality notebooks sold here. 

When you get your items mailed to you, you will be impressed with how much care they put into packing your item and HANDWRITING on the receipt.

Lastly, if nothing else, they have one of the BEST newsletters as far as design I’ve seen come to my inbox. The product photography has so much quality, so high class. I enjoy opening it up each and every time.

The Best Professional Purchase I Made Last Year

Manager Tools is My Go-To Podcast for Career Advice

I’m a regular listener of the Manager Tools podcast. I found the podcast about four years ago and have benefitted greatly from their knowledge in the professional sector. I’d like to think of Mark and Mike as two mentors that tell me what the professional setting is really all about.

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If you’ve been the professional field for a number a years, you may find some of their content as basic, or a great refresher. If you’re still in an entry-level position and/or looking to do a career change, this is by far the best podcast that I can recommend.

Getting Derailed at Work?

5 Tips to Try Today

This post comes from feedback that I received from a new reader. This reader mentioned briefly that they get derailed at the office because so many things come up. Granted, there’s still a lot to find out from this short conversation but I could relate to her because I’ve been there myself for far too long.

My mind immediately started to rattle off so many ideas to help. Here are 5 actionable tips that I can give right away to anybody that’s currently struggling with getting derailed or sidetracked at the office: