Thursday, February 18, 2010

Top 5 lessons from Blogging for Bliss

After months of dithering over having a blog, I finally jumped into the blogosphere with the encouragement and knowledge I got from Blogging for Bliss by Tara Frey. Here’s what I learned.

1. Just start blogging – now!
By very definition blogs are dynamic. You can always change layouts, features, and design as you refine your focus and find your voice.

2. Photographs and other visual elements are important. Tara teaches you how to:
  • Take better pictures
  • Add tweak images with software
  • Choose fonts
  • Create your own banner or find sources for banners
  • Add sidebar fancies
3. Tara covers all the basics for getting started.
In her book, Tara provides:
  • Advice on choosing a platform along with set-up instructions for leading blog platforms including Blogger and Typepad
  • Suggestions for building traffic for your blog
  • An overview of basic blog elements, technical terminology and blog etiquette
4. Blogging for Bliss introduces you to some great craft blogs. Some of my favourites include:

5. Tara’s book gave me tons of inspiration and encouragement.
Blogging for Bliss is full of beautiful images that made me want to create something equally inspiring. I have high hopes for improvement – it’s a work in progress :)! And at the end of the day, I felt like I had someone in my corner, someone who gave me the confidence to get out into the blog world and have my say.

Thank you Tara!

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