I’ve read every book out there on blogging. A few are fab (see this post) and I say Love It! (which in my world means buy it), but some are not so fab (they serve a purpose, true, but they aren’t worth purchasing; just check them out from the library if you’re interested in reading them) and to which I give a label of Leave It!
The first is an interesting premise, and perhaps one more suited to personal blogging than anything, No One Care What You Had for Lunch: 100 Ideas for Your Blog by Margaret Mason.
What I think
Leave it. It’s a cute idea, but kinda gimmicky. The ideas she presents are easily found online for free (just look at twelve blogs today and you’ll see all these ideas). Not sure how to make it a better book either. I would pass.
Another book you should either just check out of the library or skip is The Rough Guide to Blogging by Rough Guides author Jonathan Yang.
What I think
Leave it. Unless you have been living under a rock for the past 18 months, this book will be no help to you and your blogging endeavors. Gone are the days of explaining what a blog is in a book (folks can find that online); now is the time for best practice books (content, design, tech) to appear and really push blogging to the next level. As a matter of fact, I’m working on a book like that right now! Stay tuned!
When I write a Leave It! post, I always want to add a few words. I do not wish to attack the authors or publishers of these books. They are actually well-written, interesting, and timely, back when they came out. Now, I just call upon the authors to revise and reissue, or to write a new book that pertains to the blogging environment we have currently. Survival of the fittest, remember. In the book world, you’ve got to have timely content, or you’ll be left behind.
Have a great weekend!