In case you missed it last week, Darren Rowse of ProBlogger fame released yet another book for digital download, The ProBlogger’s Guide to Your First Week of Blogging, which is currently on sale for $9.95. Darren has been blogging for a living for a number of years, and he’s taken his life lessons for this type of business and written them down for all of us–amateur and professional bloggers–in a handy guide.
Initially, I was not interested in this book, because I’ve been blogging for awhile too, so really, what could this book teach me that I don’t already know? It turns out, there was a lot.
The guide isn’t really about what to write or how to write in a blog style; instead, it’s about how to effectively plan your blog. It teaches how to take your topic and plan for consistent content, from planning your posting schedule to picking weekly themes or columns, all of which must be done in the first week of your new blog. If you don’t effectively plan for consistent content, your blog will either not attract the consistent audience you desire or your blog will fizzle out over time. This may seem like an over-generalization, but from my own personal blogging experience and my experience in managing client blogs, it is very, very true.
As you may have guessed, I highly recommend this book for anyone out there who wants a professional blog or who already writes a professional blog. It’s short, so it’s a very quick read and it won’t cut into your blog planning/writing time. It’s also broken up by the day, very much like any of the An Hour a Day books, making your “required” reading for each day of your first week very minimal.
On the flip side, considering how short this book is, I can only recommend purchasing it now, while the price is only $9.95. It’s a half-price sale, and while I find all of the information to be quite valuable, it’s hard to recommend buying 50-page book for more than its current price.
Moral of the story: visit the links provided above and purchase it as soon as possible. You will be amazed to learn of all the planning you haven’t done for your blog, how simple it is to plan all of it, and how successful your little blog can be. Best $10 you can invest for your blog outside of that catchy domain name.