On winter break, I made it a point to do everything blogging. I wanted to fit as much of this passion of mine in as I could and I wanted to learn as much about it as I could in the two week time frame (after Christmas) that I had! I love hearing other’s opinions on topics that I love, blogging included. I love hearing what inspires them, where they find their inspiration and how they put that inspiration into their passions. I’ve always been a listener. I could listen to someone tell me their stories all day long and that was no different when reading the stories and information in these four blogging books I’m about to tell you about. I saw nothing but love and inspiration for the one thing that I’ve grown to truly love: blogging.
1. Blog Inc.: There’s been a lot of buzz and a lot of hype about this book. This was the book that started my little blog book obsession over winter break. It seems like you can’t log onto Twitter or Instagram with out seeing tweets or pictures or rave reviews on this book– all for good reason. It’s a fabulous book! It really dives into blogging and I learned a lot about blogging that I never knew before. This book focuses a lot on creating a business with your blog, but not loosing your blog in the business at the same time. If you want to learn about SEO, blog networks you can join, and how to overall grow your blog, this book is a really great jumping off point! Blog Inc. also includes interviews from bloggers who were able to turn their blog into the business and these interviews are one of my favorite aspects of this book. Like I said before, I love to read and listen to what others have to say and learn from others experiences. I can say that I walked away with a plethora of knowledge from this book and a wealth of inspiration that I never thought I would have. It completely took my heart for blogging to a place it’s never been before!
2. Blogging for Creatives: This book also covered a wide range of blogging topics in an easy-to-read format. The first couple chapters were a little redundant for me, as they basically went over the basics of how to start a blog, which I obviously already know since I have a blog! But, after I skipped over the general information, Robin really dove into the all the important aspects of blogging. She talked about how to monitor your blog’s performance, how to be more social in social media and how to use social media to your blog’s advantage, as well as how to branch out and start making money on your blog. That’s one aspect of blogging I think is a bit misconstrued– you can make money off of blogging– whether it be from affiliate links, sponsored posts or ad space, but it’s important to not lose site of your blog and I love that Robin touches on that & reminds us to maintain our inspiration and passion of blogging and that it’s not all about the money making aspect.
3. The No-Brainer Blog: Out of the three books specifically on running a blog and the how-to’s of blogging that I read, this one is by far my favorite. It’s 43 pages in length, short and to the point. It gets at everything from how to find post inspiration to what fonts & colors go together to create a cohesive blog design. This book covers a wide array of topics that every blogger has questioned at some point in their blogging career, once of my favorites being social media. Hayley gives a simple explanation of what is expected in the social media relm of blogging and how to use it to enhance your blog and your readership. I found that section quite interesting, actually! I read this book in about a day and walked away feeling so inspired to create & write. The best part about this book? And as a bonus, this e-book comes with printable blog and social media worksheets that I’ve already been putting to good use!
4. Photoshop for Bloggers: I was honestly scared to death of Photoshop. I have Photoshop Elements 10 sitting on my computer and it’s literally just been sitting there serving no purpose until I finally decided to do something about that fear. I purchased this e-book and within minutes of receiving it, I was doing all kinds of things on Photoshop. It’s helped me immensely with my blog and I’ve used it for images like these, and these, and these. It completely ripped the fear right from under me with it’s simple, step-by-step, easy to understand language. It even includes step-by-step pictures after each exercise as well. With this book, you can learn things like making your own blog button, adding different effects to your pictures and even how to create your own vignette. I promise you I’m not being paid to say this, but this book is a must-have for those of you out there who’ve been too scared to dive into that Photoshop program you’ve left to collect dust on your desktop.
So, what do you think? Will you be reading any of these books?