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Blogging for Creatives Review

 

 

Title: Blogging for Creatives: How designers, artists, crafters, and writers can blog to make contacts, win business, and build success.

By: Robin Houghton

 

I previously posted a review on the book, Blog Inc. – Blogging for passion, profit, and to create community and knew that I wanted to read Blogging for Creatives to compare notes.

 

Right off of the bat, I noticed that Blogging for Creatives is more visually focused than Blog Inc., which is helpful when you (as the reader) want to see what the author is describing and to get multiple examples.

 

Blogging for Creatives covers many topics in well-defined chapters spanning from the design of your blog, connecting with others using social media, using podcasts for content, affiliate programs, and the anatomy of blog posts. I didn’t feel like the chapters or even the topics within each chapter were laid out in an order that made sense to me (like other resources such as Problogger’s Guide to Your First Week of Blogging). For example, the author covers monetizing your blog before covering how to monitor your blog’s traffic and conversion rates. I mean, I feel like I should know what my traffic looks like before I start opening up my website to advertising or an affiliate program. But maybe that’s just me.

 
 Topics include:

  • Tools for mobile blogging
  • Common blog mistakes to avoid
  • Tips for customizing a theme
  • Ways to grow your blog community
  • The power of photos

 

What I did like about this book is that it is easy to skim when compared to Blog Inc. and it does a good job of focusing on creating content and connecting with others before it jumps into monetizing your blog — because not all blogs need to be monetized and not all bloggers are looking to monetize. The blogs that are included in the examples are from different niches, which helps when looking for different ways to implement tactics or design elements.

 

This book is good for:

  • Newer bloggers looking for information on better blogging without clicking through a million blog posts
  • Bloggers looking to start advertising or starting an advertising program
  • Creatives who want help developing relevant content

 

If you are newer to blogging (a year or less), this may be a good book for you to pick up as a reference, but I’m going to suggest that you pair it with another book (or two!) such as 31 Days to a Better Blog or 31 Days to Finding Your Blogging Mojo¬†(only $4.99 right now on Amazon)…and Problogger’s Guide to your First Week of Blogging, which I mentioned earlier.

 

 

Pick up your copy of Blogging for Creatives from Amazon today.

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  • Amanda Aguirre April 16, 2013, 11:16 pm

    It seems interesting but at the same time, I feel like it’s stuff that I may have already read before, either from ProBlogger, Blog, Inc. or a Typepad for Dummies (HA!) book. Did you find anything new or interesting that you haven’t heard/read before, or made you see something in a different light?

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    • Kam April 22, 2013, 4:40 pm

      I think that the biggest difference was the sheer amount of examples. If you’re not impressed with screencaps of examples, I’d say borrow this one from the library for a quick flip-through

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  • Roly April 19, 2013, 3:06 am

    Hi Amanda – greetings from the UK publisher of the book. I’d say that the killer advantages of Robin’s book are:
    - tons of visual examples of great blogs, and interviews with many many successful bloggers – a nice way to learn the craft
    - very clear organisation of info, broken down into easy to learn chunks
    - it covers the motivational side (how to stay interested after the sixth post…) and how to plan your blogging around all that other stuff that gets in the way.

    Anyway you can see some pages here (it’s the UK site, so the cover’s different, but the book is exactly the same)

    http://www.ilex-press.com/books/blogging-for-creatives/

    And the amazon reviews at the link above are good too.

    I hope this convinces you!

    Cheers – Roly

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  • Roly April 19, 2013, 3:09 am

    And I should have said – thanks Kam for the nice review!

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    • Kam April 22, 2013, 4:44 pm

      Of course!

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