It's always been said in the blogging community that one should blog for themselves and therefore readers will love your content because you're writing for yourself. I saw this book on the Urban Outfitters website on sale and I was intrigued by the premise of a book about blogging. 3 weeks later (don't get me started on the delivery!), this book landed on my doorstep and I started reading it with an open mind.
The book is written by a blogger Joy Cho, writer of Oh Joy!. Immediately, I could already tell it was well written and from the points of view from bloggers who have started where I'm sitting right now. At a desk with only my imagination and words to give to my readers. Each chapter takes you through a blogging journey from choosing a blogging platform, design, name, content and how often to post etc.
Between each chapter, there are interviews with other bloggers and their experience as to how blogging has changed their lives for the better. My favourite interview being from Kate Spade and their creative use of social media to interact with customers.
The book even takes you through how to monetise your blog and growing it further. In all honesty, I would never envisage Parisian Orchid becoming massive and me actually making any money from it. Once a hobby becomes a full time job, I feel you will grow to love it less because it's something of the ordinary.
Have I learnt anything more about blogging from this book? A little I'd say. There's nothing you can't learn through experience and actually doing the blogging. About 3/4 of the book I had already known about through starting my blog, speaking with other bloggers and how to use social media to find like minded people and others who share your interests. But, it was interesting to read other views (especially from blogs over the pond!) and how blogging can change your life. I would say, save your pennies and experience blogging in your own way. There shouldn't be a set of rules as to how to do this, because a mistake made by another blogger could be something you've done that has worked.
Are there any tips and tricks that you've picked up through your own blogging journey?