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Review: ProBlogger’s Guide to Your First Week of Blogging

A little bird told me Problogger has a brand new book about blogging out for brand new bloggers.

ProBlogger’s Guide to Your First Week of Blogging is a practical ebook jam packed with activities for virgin bloggers or keen bloggers who want to start a brand new blog.

Review of ProBlogger’s Guide to Your First Week of Blogging

ProBlogger’s Guide to Your First Week of Blogging is divided into seven chapters which you can follow over seven days with 32 tasks or exercises to get you off to a flying start.

The book doesn’t get into the technical details of setting up a blog. It assumes you’ve already got a hot blog design but need help with creating content and the all important job of finding new readers.

ProBlogger’s Guide to Your First Week of Blogging takes a systematic approach to starting a new blog including:

  • brainstorming techniques.
  • planning and writing blog content.
  • building your social media presence.
  • developing a future-proof strategy.

Review strong points

  • The activities in ProBlogger’s Guide to Your First Week of Blogging are divided up into time slots which makes them seem manageable and can also be used to help you to stick to a time frame. Useful to rein in perfectionists who could easily spend hours or days working on something which Problogger only allocates 10 minutes to.

  • Simple, clear instructions make blogging easily accessible to people who’ve been wanting to blog for ages but weren’t sure how to get started.

  • Things like brain-mapping, which I’ve been avoiding, are laid out in a way that makes me want to give it a go and the hand-written brain maps make the book more human and interesting.

  • Day two’s information on the publishing process with a simple checklist to let new bloggers know what they need to do before they hit publish is invaluable. Definitely a resource worth printing out and sticking over your desk.

  • Darren obviously had fun writing this book (using poodles as his blogging niche example) and I love the fun, upbeat tone.

  • There’s a huge focus on generating ideas and creating content so if this is something that worries you about blogging relax. One read of this book and you’ll never be short of ideas again.

  • Great ideas for interacting on Twitter or Facebook for social media newbies.

Review weak points

  • Some of the time frames in ProBlogger’s Guide to Your First Week of Blogging seem a bit unrealistic. I’m not sure many people could really write a great blog post in 30 minutes. So some new bloggers might get frustrated and consider themselves too slow to be a blogger. Maybe it would be good to introduce a wider frame for some activities like 30 – 180 minutes.

  • Some techie language slips in like “enter the post into your blog’s content management system (or CMS).” I think that means create a draft blog post.

Review of ProBlogger’s Guide to Your First Week of Blogging – About Problogger

This is a fun, informative and accessible book for new bloggers and it’s not hard for me to recommend it to you, especially because it’s written by blogging hero Darren Rowse aka Problogger.

I’ve read both Problogger’s other books.

I’ve spent a day hanging on to his every word at the 2010 Problogger conference in Melbourne.

I heard him talk at BlogWorld in Las Vegas.

I’ve even been to his parties.

Darren Rowse is the real deal. He not only knows blogging inside out but he’s an accomplished teacher and an inspiration for his productivity, business knowledge and integrity.

To find out more about the book or buy it check out the sales page here.

I’m an affiliate for this product and all Problogger’s books but it’s not about the money. I do it because it is my most sincere wish to help you become successful bloggers, because Darren’s books will do that and because I’m sure you’re okay with it.

If you prefer you can head straight to the Problogger site and buy the book without using my affiliate link.

And if you’re not interested in getting this book never fear, just stay tuned here for more blogging tips and motivation very soon.

Happy reading and here’s to our continued blogging joy and success.

ProBlogger’s Guide to your First Week of Blogging

Author: Annabel Candy

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Darren Rowse May 11, 2011 at 9:34 am

thanks for this Annabel – appreciate it!

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Annabel Candy May 11, 2011 at 10:26 am

Hi Darren, well I was so happy you reviewed my book on Problogger and of course I want to return the favor:) Plus I wouldn’t be much of a blogging expert if I didn’t check out YOUR blogging books…

I was excited about reading it anyway and bought my copy asap because we can never have enough hints or tricks up our sleeve.

Sometimes all we bloggers really need is the inspiration or motivation to carry on and do anything at all. You definitely inspire me to be a better blogger and I apprpeciate that:)

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Sara at Saving For Someday May 13, 2011 at 4:22 pm

Annabel,

Thanks for sharing your review, I know it will be very helpful to many as they decide if his book is for them.

I think you should package his book and your book together because I think they compliment each other very well!

And, you’re right that most new bloggers in their first weeks would not be able to chunk out an awesome post in 30 minutes. Nearly 18 months in and I often spend more time than that. Not because I don’t know what to write but often because I spend more time editing.

Both you and Darren and terrific resources. I know your review will help many people find successful blogging a reality.

All my best,
Sara

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Annabel Candy May 19, 2011 at 11:19 am

Hi Sara, I’d love to do that.

There’s a lot of content in Darren’s book about monetizing your blog but I think that’s an optional step two. My blogging book (Successful Blogging in 12 Simple Steps) is geared towards small business owners and writers who don’t have many technical skills so thanks for the recommendation:)

If anyone wants to find out more about my book the link’s here: http://www.successfulblogging.com/successful-blogging-in-12-simple-steps/

And next time I speak to Darren I’ll suggest a package. Because anyone who’s really serious about blogging will want to read both books and that would make it easier for them:)

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Sandra / Always Well Within May 13, 2011 at 4:36 pm

This looks like a terrific resource. I agree, definitely a no-go on that 30 minute post. Thank you for being honest about that. We wouldn’t want anyone’s self-esteem plunging the first week of blogging!

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Annabel Candy May 17, 2011 at 1:19 pm

That would challenge me too but apart from that no complaints:)

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GutsyWriter May 17, 2011 at 12:45 pm

I haven’t read Darren’s book although I agree he’s an amazing blogging expert, but so are you Annabel. I really love your Successful Blogging in 12
Simple Steps and refer to it all the time. You really spell out what we need to know and the next time I make a presentation to writers about building your author platform, I shall mention it. Thanks for that. Sonia.

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Annabel Candy May 19, 2011 at 11:20 am

Hi GutsyWriter, that’s such a brilliant recommendation. Thank you so much. I’m delighted to hear it’s proving useful and giving you bang for your buck;)

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Alfian November 11, 2011 at 2:41 am

Hi Annabel :)

First of all, would just like to say… nice site youve got going here :) I enjoyed reading it.

I was just wondering… if your e-book Successful Blogging in 12
Simple Steps can be used by a non business owner/service prpovider such as myself? I just have a niche in mind and just want to write about it. Can I benefit from this book?

Thanks :)

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Annabel Candy November 11, 2011 at 9:50 am

Hi Alfian,

great to see you here and thanks for the lovely feedback.

I’ve checked your blog out and the answer is a big YES. You’d definitely benefit from reading my book and following the 12 steps to improve your blog.

Please check out the book page which lists the content and testimonials then, if it sounds good to you, feel free to use the discount code “35off” at the check out for a 35% off discount on the ebook or ebook and audiobook package:)

http://www.successfulblogging.com/successful-blogging-in-12-simple-steps/

Good luck with your blogging!

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