Blog Blazers by Stephane Grenier ($16.95)
I received Blog Blazers in December and was asked to write a review and share my thoughts with you. (Full disclosure: If you click on the link to buy Blog Blazers from Amazon.com, I will receive a few pennies from the sale.)
Blog Blazers is a compilation of interviews with 40 bloggers. My initial thought was that each interview would be different and based on each blog and blogger, but when I received the book I found that each blogger was asked the same series of questions. This put me off at first, but I soon came around and realized this was an interesting way to organize the book. Yes, everyone answered the same questions, but everyone answered them differently. It was ultimately interesting to read how each blogger interpreted the question and answered it. Of course, there is bound to be an overlap of information and almost every blogger interviewed mentioned Darren Rowse at Problogger.net at some point! (Perhaps they haven’t heard of Blogging Basics 101?)
Some of the questions each blogger was asked include:
- What’s your best tip for writing a successful blog post?
- What are your main avenues for marketing your blog?
- What’s the most common mistake new bloggers make?
In addition, you’ll learn what these successful bloggers consider the best way to make money from your blog and what turns them off when visiting a new blog for the first time.
The book itself can be read in one sitting or in chunks. Each interview serves as its own chapter and is fairly short. While I was reading Blog Blazers, I kept it in the car and read it while I was waiting for the kids at the bus stop or waiting for them to finish an after-school activity. It’s a book that is easily picked up and put down and picked up again–a real plus for a busy life!
What I liked about this book is that, not only is it educational (learning how successful bloggers handle the business side of blogging), it’s also motivational. I’ll be keeping my copy at my desk for those days when I can’t quite seem to find my blogging mojo and need a little push. Reading how others have worked hard to become successful bloggers encourages me to keep working toward my own goals.
The bottom line: I would recommend Blog Blazers. The price is right and it’s an easy read. It’s great for a quick pick-me-up when motivation is nowhere to be found.