From cover to cover, the book contains lots of good information about blogging, like the very basics of how to set up a blog, to how to make your blog and photos more visually appealing, and ways to increase traffic to your blog.
I particularly liked the section on blog etiquette.
Also, one of the things Tara mentions in the book…and I whole-heartedly agree: blog readers want to connect with you so you should consider putting your photo somewhere near the top of your sidebar where it is easy to spot. I know when I visit a new blog, I always look for the blog author’s photo and profile info FIRST, before I even read the post. It does make me feel more connected with the blogger.
Personally, I also like it when the profile gives some indication where the blogger lives. When a blogger doesn’t say where they live, I’m always wondering if they live five minutes from me…or halfway around the world. I can understand not wanting to be too specific by naming the exact city or town, but a state or area of a state or country is better than nothing. I think it’s just another way to enhance and foster a kinship and following with readers who may live in your area.
In the book, Tara has also profiled some of the best bloggers in Blogland.
So, whether you are a seasoned blogger who has been blogging for years, or whether you are contemplating starting a blog, or perhaps you are just an avid blog reader, I think you will enjoy this book.
Since I don’t like a lot of rules connected with giveaways, I am going to make this real simple. If you would like an opportunity to win this book, all you have to do is leave me a comment on this post by midnight (Eastern time) Sunday, October 18, 2009.
Easy enough, right?
You do not have to have a blog to enter this giveaway. However, if you don’t have a blog, just be sure you leave your email address in your comment so I have a way to notify you if you win. If you don’t want your email address to appear in your comment, feel free to email it to me at:
I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 43 years. We have one beautiful and precious daughter, age 33.
After more than 37 years in the workforce, I was fortunate enough to be able to quit my job in 2007 and stay home. As a natural born homebody and "nester," this opportunity to be a full-time homemaker has brought me immeasurable contentment and happiness. I thoroughly enjoy spending each and every day in the cozy comfort of "My Cottage of Bliss."
About the "House in Hooterville": In October 2009, we bought a 30 acre horse farm in a small country town approximately 45 miles from the city where I have lived my whole life. Join me, a city girl through and through, as I try to simultaneously adapt to country life in "Hooterville" and redecorate the 1978 brick ranch-style house on the property into My (new) Cottage of Bliss.