While doing research in January, I read many books on blogging. Here is a review of some of those books…
The Digital Mom Handbook – by Audrey McClelland and Colleen Padilla
This was a very easy read. I managed to get halfway through in one evening, even with the kids home. There seemed to be more hype added to the beginning of the book than was needed, and I suspect that this was needed because they just needed to make it seem longer.
This book is for absolute beginners. Published in 2011, it talks about Facebook and Twitter as though they were rather new things, and even explains how you can set up a Facebook page.
Centered on “Mom blogs”, this book offered little for those wanting something different, other than how to advertise said blog. It mentions little about the actual content of the blog. There’s even a section about balancing your family life with your sudden successful blogging life, as thought it might be just that… sudden.
Honestly, I feel like this was just a money grab for the authors, offering up just the bare minimum of advice, way too many ‘see how easy it is’ tidbits from other mom bloggers, while keeping the real trade secrets and struggles to themselves. I barely read, only skimmed the second half. Got few ideas, but mostly on marketing myself.
WordPress for Dummies – Lisa Sabin-Wilson
I had high hopes for this book as I’ve read many ‘Dummy’ books, most of which were very helpful. (Does that make me a dummy in multiple subjects or an anti – dummy because I read them?) Touches on hosted and self hosting WordPress as well as the (bare) basics of html coding, but more of as explanation of what the user is seeing on the screen than a ‘how to’ section, and then a large section on themes. Over all decent beginners technical manual. (For those interested in HTML, there’s a Dummies book for that too.)
Blogging for Writers – Robin Houghton For those of you who even have the foggiest idea of how to set up a blog on either Blogger or WordPress, skip to Chapter 5. This is where the actually writing info starts. It offers suggestions on the actual post content itself, style, images and resources. This one centered less on money, and more on just being known as a writer, and offered the most suggestions on how to get your blog out there and seen.
How to Blog a Book – Nina Amir
If you know anything about blogging, skip chapter on one. I can sum it up in two sentences. People get book deals based on their blogs. Anyone can have a blog.
The remainder of the book seemed to be a bit down on the ‘book publishing’ industry. Chapter 9 had some interesting insights into the biz and how little money there is in the actual publishing of a book, and how multiple streams of income will be needed in order to work full-time as a writer. Interesting.
Over all, I found the book repeated itself a lot, going over the same points chapter to chapter.