08 August 2016
Okay, maybe it is cheating to use one post to cover several memes especially when the memes fall on different days of the week. I guess that is a little cheesy, too.
Well, for those of you who have missed any of these different memes, let me acclimate you to the different ones.
The first item up for bids, as Bob Barker used to say, is the August Happiness Challenge. Each day during the month of August, bloggers who choose to participate in this fun challenge are asked to share with their readers what makes them happy.
Today, I choose to tell you that reading a good book makes me happy. Anyone who has followed this blog at all knows by now that I am not a huge reader of fiction. However, my child-bride and I have taken on a personal challenge to read all the classics together. Right now we are fighting our way through Frankenstein. In the book, we see how misunderstood the creature is and what a wimp Dr. Frankenstein is for not manning up and doing right by the creature.
Okay, It’s Monday, What are you reading? This week Suzanne and I watched a recording of a webinar that was supposed to be helpful for bloggers wanting to make money from their blog. The book is called How To Make Money Blogging: How I Replaced My Day-Job With My Blog by Bob Lotich.
Good ol’ Bob, bless his little heart, tries to help us all make money from blogging by giving us some “common sense” advice and some real world examples from this blogging experience.
My first impression of this book was that it is like many other books that spend a great deal of the first part of the book selling you on the ideas they are going to tell you about later in the book. Sort of like we Southern Baptists call “Preaching to the choir”. Obviously, we are concerned about making money on our blogs or else we would not have started reading the book in the first place.
Speaking of advertisements and self-promoting, if you would like to read Kindle books, there are a whole passel of them you can get free. You can read these books on your Kindle reading App.
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Okay, the third stop on our journey is Book Beginnings. In this great meme, blog authors are asked to tell you the first sentence or two, the first paragraph or two, or whatever, of the book they are currently reading.
When we open the book to the beginning, we read:
In early 2007 I was talking to a friend of mine about the idea of building websites full of free information to help people. After brainstorming a bit, I got a couple ideas of topics that I was passionate about: Proverbs and Personal Finance.
Good ol’ Bob, our author, is a Christian who thought about creating a blog about Proverbs, a very noble idea, indeed. And, of course, personal finance is one of my favorite subjects so, I like the idea he had.
Now, we go to Friday 56. In Friday 56, we open up the book we are reading to page 56 and quote whatever catches our eye. If we are reading on an e-reader, we can just open up the app and go to 56% of the book. Since I am reading it on my laptop using the free Kindle reader I told you about, here is what it says at 56%.
One of the absolute best ways for new blogs to get traffic is just to comment on other blogs. Commenting with a thoughtful and provocative response will often send a few visitors your way.
The blogging community is generally a very social community and those who are active in the community often reap the rewards of it. But even more important than the few visitors you will pick from it is the relationships that you can develop with the bloggers.
As I am sure all you bloggers will agree, good ol’ Bob has some good, common sense advice for his readers. Later, Bob talks about using our analytics to test to see which ad placements earn us the most money. He even tells us how to set up an A/B test.
In reality, if you are new to blogging, this will be helpful. If this ain’t your first rodeo, it might help remind you of the things you know you should be doing, but for some reason just plain forgot.
And, thankfully, this isn’t another of those books about how to make money blogging that simply tells you “follow the tutorials.”
Well, happy reading. If you have any helpful hints you would like to share with newbie blog writers like this ol’ redneck boy, please do so in the comment box below. Thank you.