Could your blog use a bit of a refresh?
One of the best resources I know for established bloggers – those who’ve been blogging for anything upwards of a couple of months — is 31 Days to Build a Better Blog.
This was the first ebook published by ProBlogger (they’ve updated it quite substantially since).
It’s one of the few blogging-related ebooks I find myself dipping back into on a regular basis, and one that’s remained highly useful and relevant since it was first published.
What’s so good about it? I particularly like:
- The clear structure: each “day” (short chapter) follows the same pattern, with a clear explanation of the task, practical tips, a summary of the task itself, plus examples and further reading.
- The focus on taking action. It’s all too easy (for me, at least!) to get inspired and enthused by blogging advice, only to end up doing precisely nothing about it. This is very much a workbook, with a practical action for each day.
- Clear examples from a wide range of bloggers. Sometimes it really helps to see something in action, rather than to simply read about what to do.
- Honest and practical advice – while there are lots of great tips that should help you make fast progress, there’s nothing shady or “get rich quick” about this ebook.
- An extra week’s worth of tasks in the downloadable bonus pack. The ebook itself is 139 pages long, so there’s a lot of great information here.
Although the 31 days started out as a series of free blog posts, Darren’s added a lot of extra content into the ebook, and I feel that $29.99 is a very fair price. This is also a really nicely formatted, easy to read ebook.
The one very minor quibble I have is that it would be great to see a time estimate for each task (some of them are more involved than others). In general, if you’re going to read each chapter thoroughly and carry out the task in full, I’d allow about 60 minutes per day.
Of course, you don’t have to necessarily work through the book in a single month – you might instead choose to do two days from the book each weekend.
Note: If you’ve not yet started your blog, or if you have yet to write your first post, this ebook will probably be a little advanced for you. Stay tuned for news on our Get Blogging course, which is aimed at new and would-be bloggers.
If you’ve got 31 Days to Build a Better Blog, what do you think of it? Let us know in the comments.
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