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I wasn’t going to write a book review for the latest blogging book I’ve read, Blogs Change Lives: A practical, inspirational guide to building a blog that could change your life! by Aby Moore. Mainly because I just wanted to enjoy it, use what I’d learned for myself, and not feel pressured to influence others to buy it. Plus, I wasn’t gifted the book for free to do a review.
But I couldn’t help it – it is so good, that I think all bloggers (new, established, those on a break, those who’ve lost their blogging mojo, those who are motivated, those who are running a business; see, all bloggers) should have this on their bookshelf or in the Kindle library.
This review is 100% my own opinion. I paid for the Kindle version of the book, and I was not financially compensated for this post in any way. The views and thoughts in this post are my own.
What I liked (loved!) about this blogging book
I often think I can teach myself anything about blogging by Googling it or searching for a pin or board on Pinterest. And yes, while that may be true, I’m also finding that my time is much more important these days and I don’t want to spend hours searching for information, and not know whether I can trust the authors I come across. Like Aby says, her blogging book is the perfect convenience guide to get going if you’re completely new to blogging or to step up your game if you’ve already started. I can’t speak for long-term successful bloggers as I’m not there yet, but I imagine that it can still be used as a reference tool for for them too.
Aby is a blogger herself and clearly has a lot of experience. At 355 pages long I knew it would contain a decent amount of material to reignite my blogging motivation and give me a little more steer in terms of which direction I wanted to go in with my blog.
I read some chapter titles and thought “this isn’t relevant for me” but Aby has a very good knack of making it relevant for ‘you’ – encouraging you to go for your goals, step outside your comfort zone, and achieve anything with your blog.
One of my favourite and useful elements of this blogging book is that it really helps with the ‘why’ of your blog and this is something I’ve struggled with. I kinda knew who my target audience was, but this book just helped me narrow it down and suddenly it all made sense. I’ve since upgraded my blog, set up a new homepage to be clear on who my audience is, and this ultimately this is making it much easier to plan and write my blog posts.
By the time I finished reading I was considering doing things I’d never even considered or dared to imagine that I’d ever do.
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What I didn’t like about this blogging book
I’ve said this in my other book reviews, but spelling mistakes, grammar errors, and formatting issues annoy me in published books. To me – and this is probably because I do a lot of proofreading in my day job – they stand out like a sore thumb. They interrupt my flow of reading and my escapism. There were quite few errors but even I wouldn’t let that put me off buying this book, if someone else recommended it to me.
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I hesitated in buying this blogging book as the price was a little more expensive that what I’d normally pay for a Kindle book. But it was worth every penny, I’m not lying. I’ve gone from what can I write about next to having over 100 blog post ideas.
It’s inspiring, yet a reality check; is written from a business point of view, but in a common sense easy to understand way; and it encourages you to take ownership of your blog, not follow the crowd. There is so much to learn but it’s broken down in to manageable chunks.
I give this blogging book the full 5 stars – in fact, I’d give it 10 if I could!
About the author
Aby blogs at You Baby Me Mummy.
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