my honest opinion – i wish they had this at the library because i would not have wasted $16 dollars on it otherwise ($18.08 after tax). i plan to give this over to cathy after i'm done with it. that is, if she wants it – she may not.
i purchased it because i had heard of the author (a popular blogger) and there was a reference to dooce.com – i love healther b. armstrong, who is the author of dooce. she rocks my world in so many ways that if i were to ever meet her, she may end up needing to get a restraining order! :p
now, i'm not saying that it was poorly written or poorly thought out. in fact, i hope that no one thinks i'm dissing this book because it was a good book. it just wasn't for me – this review is more of a personal review only.
i think that for those who are new to the blogging world, it would be very ideal. and perhaps, it's a good reference book for those that are trying to take their blogging abilities to the extreme where they are actually making money from advertisement on their page (like dooce.com – her site, though, is the best site i've ever seen in the way she incorporates advertisement; she is selective of them and they don't stick out like a sore thumb).
the problem with this book – a very minor problem – is that i wish it had the words 'An Introduction to Blogging.' while i'm certainly not proclaiming that i am a world-famous blogger or expert at all, i do have to say that i've been blogging so long that the word 'blogging' wasn't even of existence when i started. in fact, in about two weeks from now, i will have been 'blogging' for 10 years.
most of the ideas in this book i've seen. some i've done (when i use to put way more effort into how i blogged). and the ones that i haven't tried i have seen on other sites. there were a few ideas, however, that were completely new to me. but the few just didn't amount to $16.
do i regret buying it? well – not so much. i like the author and love the fact that i've supported her work in some small way. and i do recommend this book for newbie bloggers. or bloggers that really need help to be creative because they really can't get pass saying anything more then 'i had a really good sandwich for lunch today.' or something to the likes of lunch-descriptions.
and sometimes, i admit that i've written blog posts like that, myself. but come on. if i had some REALLY good vietnamese spring rolls, i just think it's my duty to share this with the world!
don't you think? 🙂