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.
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