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Bloggers Boot Camp: Learning How to Build, Write, and Run a Successful Blog 2nd Edition, Kindle Edition
Anyone can build a blog. It’s quite easy. The difficult part is keeping it relevant, technically sound, and popular. Bloggers Boot Camp shows you how to blog for success. It teaches you how to find a niche, find your unique voice, and how to hold a conversation with an audience. It provides information on all the right tools for the blog, and it offers best ways to promote your blog and content for maximum success and a profitable life.
Though rules in creating compelling content haven’t really changed, ways in which the world blogs has since the last edition. The authors have learned a lot about social media since writing the previous edition’s manuscript. They understand and know how social media can make or break a blog. Microblogging is a new trend brought on by the wide utilization of social media. To that same end, networking with other bloggers and content creators on the web is another form of building one’s blog and one’s reputation as a writer.
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Bloggers Boot Camp is packed full of fantastic strategies to help you get your blog off the ground, and keep it moving in the right direction after its launched. While it’s written primarily for those who are interested in full-time blogging, the vast majority of the advice is applicable to anyone interested in blogging.
- David Indish, Red Star Web Development
Charlie White and John Biggs are powerhouses when it comes to running successful blogs. Anyone who wants to build a business, a career, or simply bring millions of readers to their sites needs to read Bloggers Boot Camp. An invaluable reference for anyone!
- Stephen Schleicher, Executive Producer, MajorSpoilers.com
John Biggs’ blogging experience and his understanding of the social media environment is exceptional, and we’ve taken a lot of leads from him in the way we’ve developed our own media approaches for Raspberry Pi over the last few years. It’s great to have his and Charlie’s expertise collected in one place: if a fluency with social media is something you need to develop for your career; if you want to hike up your existing readership; or if you’re confused about what best practice is in what’s fast becoming a business essential, you absolutely need to read this book.
Liz and Eben Upton, Raspberry Pi Foundation
Blogger's Boot Camp isn't just a no-nonsense guide to what works online--write about your passions and know who you are--but a great introduction to the business realities that inform the modern practice of niche-interest journalism written on very short deadlines. From coding nitty-gritty to production protips, blunt truths and advertising, it has everything you need to go right ahead afterward and break every rule they tell you.
Rob Mullins, Raspberry Pi Foundation--This text refers to the hardcover edition.
About the Author
Charlie White is an author and consultant who's been writing articles published in magazines and websites since the early days of the Internet. He's written for Wired and Popular Science magazines, was Senior Editor of Mashable, Senior Associate Editor for gadget site Gizmodo and Deputy Editor of NBC Universal tech site DVICE. He’s written more than 9,000 published articles, totaling more than 3 million words. Before he began writing magazine articles, blog posts and books, Charlie enjoyed a 30-year career as an Emmy award-winning television producer/director, directing five national television series for PBS
John Biggs writes about technology for the 46 million page-view-per-month website TechCrunch. He was former editor of Gawker Media's Gizmodo. He has a Master’s Degree in Business and Economic Journalism from NYU and is currently completing a non-fiction study of Marie Antoinette’s watch (he’s also a watch nut). After spending four years as an IT programmer during the dot-com era, he became a full-time journalist. He’s the author of the book, Black Hat: Misfits, Criminals, and Scammers in the Internet Age.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B00JQFBW20
- Publisher : Routledge; 2 edition (16 April 2014)
- Language : English
- File size : 3228 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 204 pages
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White and Biggs lay everything out in the beginning of the book - "blogging is journalism on a thirty-minute deadline." To have a successful blog takes time, dedication, and good grammar. Of course, there's a lot more to it than that, you'll have to get the book -- just take a look at the Table of Contents to see all the items covered in this book. They even cover things like grammar, ethics, handling angry readers, and even some great tips on how to avoid burnout.
As someone who's started and all but abandoned several blogs, this book has given me a fresh perspective and renewed passion. I can see right away why I failed previously and one of the biggest reasons is dedication and keeping things fresh. Successful blogging takes work. The "Tips and Tricks of the Trade" in the appendix alone is well worth the cost of this book. With this guide I am more optimistic about being able to stay focused and dedicated to my new blog.
Just one more thing - the size of this book is 8.5x11 - like a workbook you'd get for a class. I was a little annoyed at first by the size, but having taken it with me on a few trips now, it stores fine in my laptop bag flat against my MacBook and I don't even think twice about it. I'm obviously not going to always be carrying it around with me, so it's not that big of a deal, but I like referring back to useful guides like this one as I work on various projects. Soon this will be a valued part of my reference library on the easy-to-access shelf in my office.
The book is mostly aimed toward those who want to take blogging seriously and want to gain a loyal following of readers. Various platforms, such as Blogger and Wordpress, make it relatively easy to start blogging - so if you're looking to start a personal blog for private use or for family/friends, then you can probably get by without this book. If, however, you have aspirations of running a popular blog (and possibly even earning some decent money), then the book is going to be helpful to you.
If you already have a blog, you'll find all sorts to tips and tricks to improve it -- blogging tools, how to achieve a professional look, ad integration, best practices for networking with other bloggers, etc.
The main takeaway here is that the most important thing is the content you provide. Having quality, well-written content that is unique and fills a niche is still the best way to get (and keep) readers.
The information in the book can all be found via online resources, but it helps to have it all compiled into this one place - plus, the author's insights are helpful and the book is very well written and easy to follow. Recommended!