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Book Review: Blogging for Dummies

Book Review

Blogging for Dummies by Susannah Gardner and Shane Birley,

published by Wiley Publishing, Inc., copyright 2010

ISBN:  978-0-470-56556-8

 Blogging for Dummies is another in the series of books for dummies. The series derives their name because the books are designed to teach folks in a simple easy-to-read format about a subject. Blogging for Dummies (BFD) does that. The authors, Susannah Gardner and Shane Birley, use the dummies format to focus on tips and reminders.

I have three blogs that I post to on a regular basis. (or at least I try) Needless to say, I want to create the best content I can for my readers and make it worth their time to visit. Although I use WordPress and Blogger for my blogs, I learned a lot more about the operations and the basics of using these programs. It was an eye-opener to learn that I can actually write blogs and schedule them to appear miraculously on a date I choose. That means when I take my kids to Disney, I can write a post and schedule it to appear when I am not around to post it. Or I can write several posts, save them, and have them ready to go anytime.

Getting readers to visit is a challenge. Just think how many blogs there are in cyberspace now. The competition is fierce. The chapter on Marketing and Promoting Your Blog through RSS, Twitter, Social Networking, and reading your stats offers great advice for the blogger.

Editing photos, inserting them into the post, and adding videos are helpful additions to make a blog more interesting and appealing to the web wanderer. This and how to add graphics from other sources really add to the appearance and interest in a blog.

If you are interested in monetizing your blog, the book has suggestions, as well as ten websites the author finds “interesting and useful.”

The authors claim there are over 100 million different blogs now. I appreciate their suggestions for ones to read and how to make mine stand out from the rest.

Please visit my blogs and let me know how I’m doing!

The Garden for Eatin’ for vegetable gardening tips, book reviews, recipes–whether you are a gardener or not, beginning or experienced

J Q. Rose, Author-My pen name for my March 1 debut novella, Sunshine Boulevard, a mystery/light horror e-book from Muse It Up Publishing

Women Etcetera Blog Go to blogs at the top of the page and scroll to see my latest by Janet Glaser. This is a wonderful, supportive site for women over 50.

Site Meter Tells the Story About My Blog

I just checked my blog, The Garden for Eatin’  .  This has been a fun blog to write because it is like a diary of our garden in pictures, but also a lot of helpful material for vegetable gardeners.

I added site meter to it a few weeks ago to monitor how many people visit the site. Such intereresting info includes of course the number of visitors, page views, location, even a map of the world. It’s an eye-opener. I don’t think the world has found that site, but I know my squidoo sites took awhile to get any readership, so I will not allow myself to be discouraged.

Social Networking, Writer's Article Sites, Blogging: I'm Doing It ALL

“Get a Web Presence.” That’s what I hear from all the people in the know about marketing and promotion. “Do it before your book comes out,” they preach. “Get a following.”

So I am attempting to get a web presence. Witness this blog on wordpress attached to my very own website with my own domain name, Janet Q. Glaser, the Wordwright.  I am also hooked in to My Space, Facebook, and Twitter. I have not contributed much to the My Space blog lately…(I heard that it would be closing at the end of the year) and I closed my Twitter account. I didn’t really want to know what Ashton was doing or any other celebrities. I do dearly love Facebook. I don’t care if it helps or hurts my gathering a following. I just enjoy keeping in touch with my friends and family if only mundane things like they just finished eating a hot fudge sundae, their dog threw up, or peeking at pictures of family gatherings that I couldn’t attend. And, of course, I delight in sharing on my wall information about my life like keeping an appointment for my mammogram or putting up crazy or touching or beautiful photos that I have taken of family, friends, events, and nature.

I have written for ezines, or as they are now known, online magazines, and was accepted to write articles for Demand Studios. I have several lenses on Squidoo which is fun to do too.  For camping and traveling in Florida, Inside Florida, and camping and traveling in West Michigan.  However, I have not made much monetary gain for all the hours I put in at the computer.

Web presence? Oh yes, I’m here! Fun? Well, actually yes. However, I may be gaining more hits on sites, lenses, blogs, etc., but, so far, no book accepted for publication. And isn’t that the reason that I need to be on the web? Maybe I should take a few more hours to get that book sold……