Monday, August 10, 2009
"Blogging for Bliss" by Tara Frey
There's a great new book I read this weekend that I think some of you will be interested in as well! It's called "Blogging for Bliss: Crafting Your Own Online Journal" by Tara Frey, and it appeared at the perfect moment for me. I've been wanting to "freshen" the look and content of my blog, and thanks to this book, I now have a number of resources at my fingertips that will help me do precisely that.
I've read a few blogging magazines and articles that weren't really that helpful, but this book is full of practical information I *know* I am capable of following. There are tips on inserting some simple HTML codes, and the book also lists helpful websites where bloggers can find free resources such as photo frames and fonts. It was all I could do not to stop every page or two and try something out, but I was determined to read the book, think about my likes/dislikes for a few days, and then try out a few of these new techniques.
The author (whom, oddly, I don't think I'd ever heard of) is apparently quite a successful blogger herself, and she appears eager to help the rest of us become more successful as well. She features 50+ popular blogs for inspiration, and I love that most of the bloggers interviewed share their own favorite blogs. While this book focuses on the creative/artsy/crafty types of blogs, I find that much if not most of this information is applicable to us tea bloggers as well. And for anyone wanting to start a blog of your own, this is a great how-to guide, and one I wish I'd had at the beginning. I was feeling I'd gotten a little stale with both my look and my posts, so hopefully I'll soon be on the path to blogger bliss myself!