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Create Your Own Blog: 6 Easy Projects to Start Blogging Like a Pro (2nd Edition) Paperback – May 8 2012
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About the Author
Tris Hussey started blogging on a whim and then found himself as Canada’s first professional blogger. Tris has worked for several blogging and media startups and has taught new media at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Tris teaches blogging, WordPress, and podcasting through the University of British Columbia. In addition, Tris finds time to speak, guest lecture, and contribute to the social media community in and around Vancouver. When not doing all this, Tris manages the marketing and social media for Simply.ca.
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I found Hussey's book hooky because I wanted to better understand the world of blogging. The first chapter on the history of blogging gives you a great chronological overview of this rapidly changing field. Previously, I was not perfectly clear on the difference between a blog and a website. Now I know a blog's main purpose is for one to make daily posts; a website is a store of information about a specific subject or company etc... By the way, Hussey teaches you both how to develop a blog and a website using Wordpress. And, it appears for the most part between extremely simple to readily doable. I also thought Google Blogger was the best blogging engine (it is not. Wordpress is). I also had no idea about web hosting, domain, and other technical aspects. I also was unclear on the economics of blogging including its costs, and its potential income. I was unaware of all the related information gathering tools that bloggers use that seems very useful whether you are a blogger or not (Evernote, Instapaper, Delicious, etc...). Hussey's book educated me a whole lot on all the above.
I strongly recommend this book whether you are considering starting a blog, you are already blogging, or like me if you just want to better understand what the world of blogging is about.
Hussey is eminently qualified to write this book. He is a true techie with much expertise in science, technology, and computers. He learned HTML and developed websites going back to 1995. He started blogging in 2004, and quickly became a very successful professional blogger. Hussey writes in clear plain English that all of us can understand without a degree in computer programming.
The book is very well organized with a coherent table of content, detailed index, and many text boxes highlighting key concepts and tricks to facilitate your blogging experience. Hussey offers an abundance of technical tricks to get you started blogging. He also shares plenty of qualitative advice regarding writing effectively within the blogging world. This is a different style of writing for most of us.
Beyond that, if you are looking to start a blog I will say that there is a lot of great information packed into these pages...though the book doesn't look quite as attractive as other blogging books I've read, it's probably the best I've seen so far when taking content into consideration. Unfortunately, if you're like me and have been blogging for a while, you likely know all of the technical/blog setup stuff as well as most of the major ins and outs of what to post/not to post etc. etc. Those subjects are the meat and potatoes of "Create Your Own Blog" and if you've been blogging for, say, a year or more this is not the book for you.
But on balance this book would be excellent for the beginning blogger. Chapters include how to install and set up your first blog, creating Content, how to build a community around your blog, and creating a multimedia blog.
This book didn't help with that.
But it's not that it's just too basic. None of the things I struggled with in my first days are even remotely addressed. You think they are GOING to be, but they're not. And on the more complicated stuff, the author suddenly jumps ahead several levels and makes assumptions that you know stuff. I found myself saying, "Wait...what?" and going back to see what I'd missed, but I hadn't!
*The book is too repetitive. The author has a few favorite catchphrases that he uses over and over again, and he repeats some info over and over again (that really didn't need repeating).
*The author spends way too much time talking about how to find a topic for your blog. I think most people who are trying to learn how to set up a blog already have something in mind. And his advice isn't particularly helpful, anyway.
*The pictures are too small to be able to read in most cases, so I found them to be totally useless.
*The author no longer works as a blogger. He's a marketing manager. And though he bills himself as "Canada's first professional blogger," I'm a little skeptical. I've been blogging longer than this guy!
*The lack of detail on the difficult things (the easy things receive far TOO MUCH explanation) made this feel like it's more of a "things to think about" kind of book rather than an instruction manual.
*If you want to start a blog using anything but WordPress or Tumblr, this book will be useless to you.
*Many people who want to start a blog want to know how they can make money with it. This book promises it will help you with that, but there is no meaningful information. I don't think it's something the author himself ever really figured out (and that's why he longer even tries).
The bottom line is that this book doesn't offer anything you couldn't get from the (free) help pages of WordPress.