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The IT Girl's Guide to Blogging with Moxie 1st Edition
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I bought this book because I expected to find a guide written in everyday terminology. The book is dubbed as "written by women for women" but it's more like written by high school cheerleaders for themselves.
There is no depth to the topics - most topics just mentioned but not explained in any detail. For instance there is nothing about how to create your own blog banner, just a blip about finding your own personal style.
I found the design of the book to be distracting. The use of cute icons (latte cups & cell phones) and different font styles take away from the actual "meat" of the book and make it hard to follow, kind of like having several people talking to you at once and not hearing any of them.
There are too many unrelated metaphors and cliches that have little to do with the content unless you knew the "inside joke". This is much too girly girl for my taste. Speaking of tastes, rather than drink recipes, lotion recommendations and party ideas, an appendix and resource list would be more useful. I do give credit to the glossary and comprehensive index.
On a positive note, there are several interesting quotes throughout the book. The information could be useful once you sift through all the clutter but Sherlock who has the time!?
marked it up, and used it to make changes to my own blog. I can't tell you how much fun I had reading it - what a blast. And because of this book I'm on my way to starting my own business, thanks to all of the fabulous advice from the Moxie Girls. Their own site is a lot of fun too, and chock full of powerful advice. I'm very grateful to the Moxie Girls for sharing their wisdom and experience.
Boy was I wrong! I'm glad I bought the book. While it is pink, it's actually super user friendly and it breaks down tons of information that although I already had a blog up, I was still foggy on. Stuff like tagging, blogrolls, trackbacks, feeds and copyrights.
What I do is read the book and as I come to something useful and new, I open up my lap top and follow their simple 1-2-3 steps and voila! Now I'm pinging all over the place :)
It really is much more useful than I thought it would be, probably one of the most useful books on the topic I've bought so far.
But I do wish that they had covered some issues that come up for MAC users like myself. There isn't even so much as a word about iweb or mac at all. So a lot of the website building stuff I couldn't use because I built my blog in iweb. But if you're a PC user this book is probably even better for you!
All in all, being a mac girl I wish they could have covered some of the problems I've run into ... like it's practically mind numbing to try to claim your blog on Technorati if you're working in iweb. I haven't been able to yet and they don't even mention stuff like that, but I wish they had. But to be fair, I haven't found any other blogging books to cover iweb either. I guess us mac chicks are just out in the cold till Apple catches up on stuff like tagging and trackbacks.
Other than that, I highly recommend the book. It's pink and it rocks.Read more ›
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If I'm really honest, I nearly didn't pick this up just because of the pink cover, but I try not to, er, judge books by their covers. Read morePublished on March 15, 2014 by Bel
Minimal and basic guide to blogging- nothing you can't find on the internet already although the authors are very likablePublished on December 13, 2013 by nicolemv37
When you are starting to blog there are many questions. You need advice. You wonder if you are doing something right or wrong. You need to know where to start. Read morePublished on October 26, 2011 by Sommer
I just purchased the book; I found it accidently while browsing through the San Diego Hazard Center Barnes and Nobles. Read morePublished on July 24, 2010 by Susan F. McClure
I like this book. I'm fairly new to blogging and already I've been able to utilize some of the ideas in this book. I like the little sidebars of fun things to do too!Published on December 6, 2009 by J. L. Patterson
This was amazing! I learned so much about the world of blogging from this little book. I'm using this as a reference as I go along designing my own blog, and it's been very helpful... Read morePublished on September 18, 2009 by S. OBryant
I'm glad I bought this book - how could I resist the title? I had blogged on and off for a year or two, but wanted to jump in with both feet. Read morePublished on June 15, 2009 by Cathryn Grant