Successful Blogging Tips by #DanaSibilsky – Book Review


Afternoon!

I posted a photo yesterday of Strawberry Scones to my Instagram feed and Facebook yesterday and had quite a few people interested in my recipes. So, if you’re looking for a recipe for Strawberry Scones, check back later today over at Flour Sack Sweets and I should have a post up for that recipe. I love warm scones on Sunday mornings.

Anyway, back to the reason for todays post. I’ve been sort of blogging for the past 5 years. Have you tried blogging? What are your thoughts? I’ve found it’s VERY difficult for me to pinpoint my focus and work on my writing skills. I’m terrible at both. I decided to start reviewing products on this blog because I usually need a reason for posting a blog post, and by completing a review it would fill that requirement. It would also force me to write more often than I had been, and help in honing my writing skills. So far, I feel as if this has been helpful for me. With that being said, I give you my review of #DanaSibilskys book – Successful Blogging Tips.

#DanaSibilsky

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This book is a very quick read – I managed to finish it in all of 45 minutes. This is more of a manual as the very first page starts out with the first topic. There is no lead in. No introduction. I couldn’t tell you who Dana Sibilisky is and why you should read her book. Now, I did go and look at her website and try to figure out who she is as well as did a google search. Still not exactly sure. I’m guessing she’s a psychiatric doctor who’s also an artist and an entrepreneur. However, given the lack of an introduction, or even an introduction on the back cover of the book I wouldn’t be able to tell you anything in regards to her qualifications for writing this book. I could be living in a deep dark hole though and maybe you already know who she is and the preface for writing a book outlining tips for blogging success.

As far as the book goes, it outlines developing a focus for your blog, a unique voice, writing skill refinement, choosing hosting and platform, building an audience, brand development and promotion, social media usage, and monitizing your blog. All helpful topics, and useful for someone who is just starting out with a blog and needs a quick outline of items to check off in regards to getting started. If you’ve been blogging for awhile, none of this would be new to you and the majority of it can be found on the web with simple searches, and for free. You can even find similar information by other bloggers such as Ruth Soukup. Additionally, there are no page numbers nor is there a table of contents. I’m not sure what the advantage of not having a table of contents might be, especially since there are several blank pages at the end of the book. However, no page numbers? This seems like a terrible over site. And, the structure of the book isn’t very strong. I would have expected some kind of introduction or lead up, then the bulletin points, and then a conclusion or closure. This is basically an extensive list, with some text. Again, this may be helpful for a total novice, but if you have any blogging history, this will be a bit mundane.

In conclusion, if you’re a novice blogger, without any clue as to how to blog, then this book will probably be helpful. If you have some idea about blogging, do a little google search and you can obtain this information in a matter of minutes. If you are interested in purchasing this book, you can find it at Amazon.

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