So this blogging thing we do here? It’s so real, y’all.
Today, I finished reading Blog Inc.: Blogging for Passion, Profit, and to Create Community, an amazing guide on how to create and build a blog and what being a blogger entails. Joy Cho, who blogs at Oh Joy!, shares her extensive knowledge on everything from designing a blog, to building community, to starting a blogging business and more. Also, we hear from 15 other bloggers and business owners through interviews, which are scattered throughout the book.
Overall, Blog Inc. gives a comprehensive overview of how blogging has grown to be an essential voice in our culture and a wonderful tool to expand businesses, creativity, passion, and life.
If you’re a seasoned blogger or just starting out, you would learn something new from reading Blog, Inc.–no matter where you are in your blogging journey. Here’s some of the things I starred while reading and some notes I took:
Lessons from Blog Inc.
>We blog for so many different reasons. For passion. Community. To share talents. To market products. Blogging is so much bigger than a personal diary, a hobby or a tutorial online.
>Your blog should be authentic. What does your blog sound like? Feel like? Taste like? You should go with your natural tone. Show the real you.
> Even if you found a niche for your blog, you should still share your personal experiences that no one can replicate to connect with our readers on a more personal level. This is unique content at your fingertips!
> Keep a “blogging” space— Keep your creative workspace for your blog in a different part of your office or home. That way, you can stay organized and have a space for your blogging inspiration.
> A blog is a good way to develop a style–whether that is a fashion style or artistic style.
> Sometimes the more natural posts or artwork or design are better than the more thought-out. Sometimes, it’s better to let go of thinking, and just do.
I’ve gained insight and felt inspired by reading this book, the first blogging book I’ve read. I can’t wait to read more books to help spur creativity in the blog and design worlds. If you all have any suggestions, I would love to hear about them!
Have you read Blog Inc.? What did you think about it?