As you know, this blog deals with topics relevant to the services I offer through Science Refinery. In addition to announcing deals and other news about the business, I cover things like grammar tips, the importance of editing, and other language miscellany.
I’m considering starting another personal blog about a completely different subject (if and when I do, I’ll do a one-time cross-post here to let you know!), so yesterday I finally got around to reading Learn Blogging From a Pro: Your Blogger Apprenticeship. It’s an eBook that you can get from Amazon here. If you have Amazon Prime and an actual Kindle (rather than the Kindle app that you can install on other devices), you can borrow it from the lending library for free, but if you don’t meet either of those conditions, it’s only $4.99.
Before I continue with my review, I just want to put it out there in the interest of full disclosure that the author, Trisha Bartle, is actually a friend of mine. I did find out about the book from her, but my review is my honest opinion and it’s not written differently just because I know her.
Learn Blogging From a Pro does a great job of walking you through the process of starting a successful blog. It’s especially valuable for the novice, but those who are moderately familiar with blogging can learn a lot of new tips to improve their blog too. It covers everything, from naming your blog and choosing a host, to making the design stand out and reliably rocking the content, to increasing readership and making money off your blog.
I really appreciated that Trisha injected lots of personality into the writing style–it was much more fun to read than other similar instructional manuals, which can be dry and boring. Finally, the resources guide at the end is a very useful collection of links.
I’ll definitely be attempting to put more of the advice from Learn Blogging From a Pro to use on this site (and my potential new blog too, obviously). It’s well worth the $4.99.
So what do you think of the book? Do you have other blogging advice resources to recommend? Let me know in the comments below!