Summer is coming and it will soon be time to hit the beach, the pool, and the lake with a bag full of goodies, sunscreen, and books. Lots and lots of books. I’ve got my summer stack all ready to go. But what books can you read this summer that will help you improve your blog?
I’ve got a few suggestions.
When it comes to blogging or business books the choices are virtually endless. But there are some you should move to the top of your list and tackle this summer. When fall hits, the highest traffic time of the year, you’ll be ready to go.
So, before I hit you with the list we should probably talk about what makes a good book or at least a good book for blogging.
There are a lot of books about blogging out there but not all of them are good. Some have great info but little instruction. Some have a lot of instructions but lack explanation as to why you should do what they suggest. A mix of the two is ideal.
Look for books that teach, inform, explain, and give instructions on how to do what they suggest. Bloggers are builders and tinkerers. You need to be able to implement immediately, not have to go search for someone who can do it for you for a hefty fee.
So, without further adieu let’s talk books you need in your beach bag this summer. Remember, some of these are affiliate links and I sincerely appreciate your support. There’s no add-on cost for you which is way cool, right?
I have yet to find a book that lays out all the steps in easy bite-size pieces like this book. Sure, I wrote it but c’mon I’m still scoping out the competition. For a new or expanding blogger this book still rates way up there in terms of practicality, explanation, and ease-of-use.
The steps I recommend are foundational. A strong foundation will help you build a blog that can stand the test of time. It will also help you weather the latest fads and the algorithm change of the week. You just can’t go wrong with this one.
I am not a repeat reader. Once I finish a book I usually move on. However, this book is one I come back to again and again and again. It’s timeless and the read that keeps me on track. Life gets busy and I can easily become frazzled. This book brings me back to center every single time. It’s the core of my success strategy and vital to my sanity.
As a small blogger who has to keep a whole host of plates spinning all on my own this book keeps me focused on what’s important. When writing, laundry, dinner, social media, and carpool all beckon I know exactly how to respond. Don’t you want to feel like that?
Stephen King is a legend. Whether you like his genre of writing or not he is a master at his craft. This book is amazingly insightful for anyone who wants to improve their writing skills.
I was blown away by King’s simple style. More than once he threw a punch that caught me off guard and sent me reeling but in such a good way. One of the bonuses of this book is learning King’s story. He’s experienced a lot and it shows in his writing. I’m pretty sure you’ll like this one.
In blogging you hear a lot about putting your readers first, about serving your audience, and giving followers quality content. It all sounds great but how do you actually do that?
This book has tremendous ideas. It is touted as a marketing book but the “think outside the box” mentality it espouses is perfect for bloggers. If this book doesn’t make your brain overflow with ideas you should probably go see your doctor. Seriously, this one opens the door on what’s possible when it comes to serving others with your blog.
The Art of Non-Conformity: Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want, and Change the World
So this is one I’m just getting into right now. Have you read it? It seems to me you are either a Chris Guillebeau fan or your aren’t. My jury is still out on this, but I love the premise. I’ll have to do a follow up to let you know what I thought when I’m completely done, right?
Strategies Worth Sharing
This is my one recommendation for a social media book. Brittany Ann, from Equipping Godly Women, grew her Facebook page from 2000 to 100K in just five months. And she did it recently. Because this book has been so recently published I feel very good about recommending it.
Books on specific social media are difficult because things change so rapidly. However, this book is definitely worth the read. While it costs more than some books it’s best to think of this one as a course rather than a book. Strategies Worth Sharing will walk you through the steps you need to take to start growing your audience.
If you have a new or floundering Facebook page this is the book for you.
“Be social! Facebook isn’t a soapbox in a crowded marketplace for you to shout to everyone about your products, promotions or blog posts. It’s a place where friends and family come together to connect. If you can connect with your followers in a genuine, authentic way so that you almost become like one of their friends or a member of their family, that will really set the stage for some tremendous growth.” ~ Brittany Ann, author of Strategies Worth Sharing
You can improve your blog this summer while you are relaxing and vacationing and enjoying everything the season has to offer. If you start now you will be more than ready to hit the ground running in the fall.
Which book do you want to read first?