Blogging for Creatives is a helpful starting guide to blogging for those into art, crafting and design. Actually, the book is written in a manner that's applicable to general bloggers as well, just that most examples featured are of art and design, and sometimes cooking.
This book has many helpful tips on blogging and getting up to speed. It assumes no prior knowledge and the instructions are always clear and concise. So the book is great for beginners.
Here's the list of chapters:
- Get Started
- Blogging Tools and Technology
- Step-by-Step Setup
- Creating an Eye-catching Blog
- Creating Great Content
- Blogging on the Move
- Promoting Your Blog
- Being Social
- How to turn Blog Visitors into Cash
- PR and Your Blog
- Monitoring Your Blog's Performance
- Let's Blog
The book covers the basic setting up of the three main blogging platforms, namely Google's Blogger, Wordpress and Tumblr. There's a good comparison between the Wordpress blogging software and the Wordpress blog hosting platform that explains the difference well. It's quite important to know the differences because there are certain peculiar limitations to the Wordpress blog hosting.
After setting up, it talks about ideas generating content, marketing and measuring your blog's performance. Those are all essential skills. I've been blogging for several years and have learned from experience much of what's taught in the book. The book does a good job of covering the basics.
I like the many examples of blogs showcased. They are beautiful, inspiring and really shows the potential of blogging.
Highly recommended to beginner bloggers.
If you want more inspiration, I would also recommend the books Blogging Heroes (US | CA | UK | DE | FR | IT | ES | JP | BDUS) and Clear Blogging (US | CA | UK | DE | FR | IT | ES | JP | (Book Depository). These two books are on case studies of successful blogs and provide more in depth blogging philosophy.
Blogging for Creatives: How designers, artists, crafters and writers can blog to make contacts, win business and build success is available at Amazon (US | CA | UK | DE | FR | IT | ES | JP | CN) and Book Depository
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