I’d been looking at Blogging for Creatives online for a while and was unsure whether to buy it. Then I came across it in The Tate Modern bookshop, and couldn’t put it down! I bought it and devoured it on the train back to Bath, while making notes about things to look up online or come back to later.
Aside from being a visually appealing book (it’s very well laid out and attractive), it has great content.
The book starts off with the standard things you need to know about setting up a blog (for the complete beginner), and then moves into more detailed/technical elements for the more advanced blogger. The author, Robin Houghton, discusses the pros and cons of different platforms in turn.
It was reassuring to find that my blog was well set up and I’d followed many of this book’s recommendations by default, although there were one or two things I felt I could tidy up too.
I particularly like the section on ideas for blog posts. I tend to plan my posts in advance and they’re usually based on my current work or upcoming shows. It was good to get ideas for other posts that are faster to write and could engage the reader in a different way.
The one criticism I have about this book is that you really need to read it with access to the internet. There are so many online examples, step-by-step guides and suggestions of other blogs to look at that it’s almost easier to look them up as you go rather than come back to them later. Although, if you’re anything like me, this leads to getting distracted…
Reading this book I saw a visually appealing document, I heard the informal but educational tone and I felt motivated. I wanted to go and work on my blog, immediately!
I paid £12.99 for this book at The Tate Modern bookshop (London).