I love Stephanie Bryant! – just found her blog, want to read all the archives. Search her site for the topics of branding, using facebook, and social marketing.
Copy Blogger and Pro Blogger. I don’t read these sites all the time – only when I’m in a developmental mode. I experience information overload otherwise! These are the best, most trusted sites on the internet for resources and instruction for serious bloggers. I could spend all day there soaking up the quality content. If the stuff they talk about overwhelms you or goes over your head, focus on the little, simple things like how to write better post titles, or I recommend ‘The 8 Habits of Highly Effective Bloggers“.
Blogging With Amy. I read everything she writes, and just filter out all of her wordpress advice because I don’t feel convinced that I need to have a wordpress blog in order to be a successful blogger. If you’re not interested in the hassle and cost of switching over to what many say is the best blogging platform out there, then just focus on all her other advice – how to use facebook, gmail, twitter, becoming an affiliate, how to write an ebook, etc. – practical and easy to understand guidance for making the most of your online presence. She is very accessible, too – if you feel you have a question that she would be equipped to answer (and you can’t find it already addressed on her site) go ask her on her facebook page. She’s very good at responding. I love that she’s a mom and a pastor’s wife, she’s figured this whole thing out, and is generously sharing her expertise with the rest of us.
I’ve learned a lot from Jon Morrow – his personal blogging testimony was awesome to read. He’s the one that inspired me to guest post, and he has an entire website devoted to guest posting. Maybe you don’t want or need to guest post right now – but if you did, I’d soak up his wisdom on the subject. (disclaimer- his brand and writing voice is confrontational – be warned he does use some stronger language in his content)
Sorry for this post here, but I am looking forward to your post about a converted Grey Hound Bus as a camper.
Kateri, I'm convinced that it's not so much time one spends on a blog, but that one is very purposeful in that time. I would love to hear from you and brainstorm about ways you could set up your blog to bring in some income. Looking forward to hearing from you.
I'm so grateful for the response to these posts – I'm glad I have some readers who are actually interested in this stuff 🙂
Great stuff, thanks a ton!
I have an email in my head that one of these days soon, I am going to find the time to sit down and write to you.
I am going to sit down and read all these links. I'm floored by the responses to Amy's post regarding how much money some of the bloggers make. I guess I better start reading nature/gardening blogs and figure out who is making money and how! I'm also impressed by the amount of time the bloggers who are actually making money spend on their blogs. It seems that it really does have to be treated at least as a part time job.
I do have a question–how did you get the ad for Mountain Rose Herbs? I am so reluctant to have ads on my blog, but that is one company that I can whole hearted endorse…I have been buying their products since I was in my early teens and they have never disapointed. I would be interested in putting their ad on my blog if you could give me some idea how to go about it…
If there is a way to make money with my blog that is tasteful and not “in your face” it is some I would like to pursue.
I do appreciate the collection of links. Thanks so much for sharing your research with all of us.