How do you build a better blog? Being a researcher by nature, when the idea to turn my online journal into a ‘real’ blog was presented to me, I began to seek out some print resources to help me figure out the web world. On date nights with the hubs, I gravitated toward the technology section in Barnes and Noble as we walked off our meals and started accumulating a little blogging library.
These are the resources I turn to again and again for tips and inspiration. I usually have one of these in my bag when we head out for park days and appointments and I can cram in a little mom-time reading. Whenever I have writer’s block, feel burned out, or just need a fresh look at my blog, spending some time with these authors usually does the trick. In my job as a web editor, some of these books have really come in handy as well–especially when an article just isn’t coming together or another writer and I need to do some brainstorming.
7 of My Favorite Blogging Resources
- The Handmade Marketplace, 2nd Edition: How to Sell Your Crafts Locally, Globally, and Online is a must have if you’re planning to sell online, whether through Etsy or another source. The Handmade Marketplace includes techniques to brand your business, establish a client base, sell your products, and cover all aspects of social media.
- Blogging for Bliss: Crafting Your Own Online Journal: A Guide for Crafters, Artists & Creatives of all Kinds features screenshots from popular creative bloggers, an introduction to the tools of the trade, and step-by-step instructions to help you go from blank screen to fully fleshed pages. It also includes how to add banners and graphics, take perfect shots, crop and size photos, establish links, and attract an audience of loyal readers.
- Money-Making Mom: How Every Woman Can Earn More and Make a Difference–“Finance and family blogger Crystal Paine shares real-life stories, practical tips, and hard-won wisdom from the failures and successes that have carved her family’s path to financial freedom.” This book covers much more than blogging, but building an online presence is a big part of Crystal’s success, and she shares specific details and experiences about getting started.
- How To Blog For Profit: Without Selling Your Soul is written to both newbie and experienced bloggers. Ruth Soukup offers advice and tips to help you create a successful blog through stories of her own blog’s growth. She shares how she manages to earn a full time income while remaining true to the things she truly cares about.
- The Golden Rules Of Blogging is designed for bloggers of all levels of experience, featuring 28 blogging ‘golden rules’ and when, why and how to break them.
- Your Family in Pictures: The Parents’ Guide to Photographing Holidays, Family Portraits, and Everyday Life–mom photographer Me Ra Koh teaches you how to bump up your photography game, even if you have little to know photog experience, and take better pictures with whatever camera you happen to have. A must if you include your own pics on your blog.
- Blogging for Creatives: How designers, artists, crafters and writers can blog to make contacts, win business and build success is a field guide for everything you need to know about the blogging, a “non-techie guide to the blogosphere, complete with hundreds of tips, tricks and motivational stories from artistic bloggers who have started from scratch. It covers everything creatives need to know about how to design a beautiful, interesting blog that people will want to return to again and again–such as how to design, publish and host a blog, as well as keeping it fresh, staying motivated and forging connections with others in the field.”
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