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The Book Blogger Platform (Building Blocks to Author Success 6) by [Drozdowich, Barb]
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About the Author

Social Media and Wordpress Consultant Barb Drozdowich has taught in colleges, universities and in the banking industry. More recently, she brings her 15+ years of teaching experience and a deep love of books to help authors develop the social media platform needed to succeed in today’s fast evolving publishing world. She delights in taking technical subjects and making them understandable by the average person. She owns Bakerview Consulting and manages the popular blog, Sugarbeat’s Books, where she talks about Romance novels. She is the author of 9 books, over 25 YouTube videos and an online WordPress course, all focused on helping authors and bloggers. Barb lives in the mountains of British Columbia with her family.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2022 KB
  • Print Length: 126 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Barb Drozdowich (28 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00M88B6JG
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Format: Kindle Edition
The Book Blogger Platform,  Barb Drozdowich
 
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews

Genre:  Computers & Internet, Professional & Technical

 Well, like many people I fell into to blogging by accident a couple of years back. I love to read, added reviews on amazon of books I’d read and started getting authors requesting I read their books. From there I joined a site aimed at reviewers and saw they prefer those with a blog. I didn’t really understand the whole blog thing but had subscribed to a few art and novel blogs and saw that for me wordpress is easier than Blogger to use, so started a Wordpress blog. From there it grew and I now have a product review blog too.
 
 Blogging demands time though, its not a quick and easy route to free stuff, what you get out is determined by what you put in. To start I was confused, so many things to choose, to learn, different styles, themes, colours, fonts...I was guided there by my experience as a reader/user of blogs, but that’s where this book is useful. I’ve changed bits overtime, but I’m still reluctant to make too many changes in case I get it wrong. I still open a new window to make changes, so I can revert back to the old one if I mess up...and I do!
 Barb has a series of YouTube videos – ironic really – linked to the book, and with the help of those I plan to make more radical changes when I’ve time. If you’re just starting its easier I feel to focus on the videos than try to make sense of what the book says. Much of the text is quite complex, and its not exactly riveting reading anyway is it ? These kind of books are always somewhat dry to read. I tend to do them in stages, give time to absorb new info.
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I’ve been toying with the idea of setting up my own book blog for a little while, but have never been sure where to begin, so I was keen to review this book. I wasn’t disappointed. Barb Drozdowich has had her own book blog for some time, so has lots of first hand experience.

It started with the very basics of book blogging and goes through every stage of the process in detail explaining all the options (and there are many) right through to keeping your blog going and becoming part of the wider blogging community.

Each chapter covers a different step of the process and is broken down further into smaller bits. At the back of the book there are several pages of links to YouTube videos which give technical advice on certain aspects of setting up and running a book blog. These are useful for anyone who is more of a visual learner.

As a blogging novice I found the book very useful as it assumes that the reader has no previous knowledge of book blogging and covers all of the most popular blogging platforms. As with most technical books, it makes for very dry reading at times and there is a lot to take in and learn. That said, it is broken down into bite-sized chunks which makes it easier to dip in and out and I know I will refer back to it later when I decide to begin setting up my book blog.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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I was really hoping that The Book Blogger Platform would be a really easy read that would make using WordPress a little bit more easy for me. I won’t lie, I am not the most technologically advanced of people out there. I wanted a jargon free (or at least a book that explained what the jargon meant) book that give me step by step guides on how to spruce up my minimalistic little blog.

I didn’t get that.

Instead, I had another book that bogged me down with words that I don’t understand and to be honest reading about something as technical as how to use a blogging platform is a little dry.

Somewhat ironically, the book comes into its own with the video explanations. Now those I found extremely helpful.

The Book Blogger Platform is not a book for the novice blogger. The technical side of things will inevitably scare you away and lead you into a panic. However, if you are a novice then skip to the YouTube links at the back. They are way more helpful.

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Again, another great reference book for anybody wishing to blog for business purposes or merely a hobby. I would recommend for anybody aspiring to have a successful blog
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 15 Mar. 2016
By Anne Hughes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Very informative and written clearly so a beginner can understand.
4.0 out of 5 stars a great reference but a little dry and hard going at times. 26 May 2016
By Jeannie Zelos - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
The Book Blogger Platform,  Barb Drozdowich
 
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews

Genre:  Computers & Internet, Professional & Technical

 Well, like many people I fell into to blogging by accident a couple of years back. I love to read, added reviews on amazon of books I’d read and started getting authors requesting I read their books. From there I joined a site aimed at reviewers and saw they prefer those with a blog. I didn’t really understand the whole blog thing but had subscribed to a few art and novel blogs and saw that for me wordpress is easier than Blogger to use, so started a Wordpress blog. From there it grew and I now have a product review blog too.
 
 Blogging demands time though, its not a quick and easy route to free stuff, what you get out is determined by what you put in. To start I was confused, so many things to choose, to learn, different styles, themes, colours, fonts...I was guided there by my experience as a reader/user of blogs, but that’s where this book is useful. I’ve changed bits overtime, but I’m still reluctant to make too many changes in case I get it wrong. I still open a new window to make changes, so I can revert back to the old one if I mess up...and I do!
 Barb has a series of YouTube videos – ironic really – linked to the book, and with the help of those I plan to make more radical changes when I’ve time. If you’re just starting its easier I feel to focus on the videos than try to make sense of what the book says. Much of the text is quite complex, and its not exactly riveting reading anyway is it ? These kind of books are always somewhat dry to read. I tend to do them in stages, give time to absorb new info.

 There are things I’ve learned from this book, that I could incorporate, how to get more subscribers, how to encourage comments etc. Blogging really is second to me to reading, and is there to support my addiction to new books! That doesn’t mean I ignore it though or can treat it as inferior. I try to have a new book or product review each day, and its a personal choice what kind of content and how often you blog. Barb helps there – you need to focus on your aims, and mine is to get good books to read, and useful  products to review. For others is about trying to make money from the site, to attract adverts, get commissions from amazon etc. Each demands a different approach, and books like this help you see where to go, what to do.
 I’d love to make money from my blogs – who wouldn’t? That demands even more time though and I feel my life is pretty full as it is, so currently I’m not going that route. In the future though who knows? Books like this do help take away the mythology surrounding how to make money from blogging. 
 
In a way I did feel Barb let personal preference override her advice at times, often there was little to choose but she’d come down on one side without really explaining why. That doesn’t help readers work out how to choose for themselves.
There’s some interesting stats re blogs, but for me and I suspect many bloggers, that side doesn’t really get made the most of. What many really want to know is what makes the most effective blog for a good user experience. I’m not convinced this book really covers that, but it does offer lots of advice on where to go to find out things, and of course the YouTube videos which are excellent.
 
If you’re thinking about starting a blog don’t let the technical side put you off, in this book it sounds quite scary at times! Just start one up and learn as you go, using books like this to guide you but not rule your choices. Its Your blog You choose, having explored different options first. I call it the Suck It and See approach!
It is easier if you get it right to start – I’d like to change the “theme “ of mine but not sure if that's going to involve a lot of work or be a simple job. If I’d chosen more carefully to begin that would have been better, but I was just swamped, overawed with all the choices. Looking at them with a book like this to hand would have helped me weigh up pros and cons.
I have the free wordpress blog but am thinking about changing to the paid one, really just because I like to be in control. I did fall foul of their policies by accident about two month into my venture and my blog was locked, but they were great at advising where I’d gone wrong and soon unlocked it. Having now made over 1600 book reviews I really don’t want to risk that again, but am still not sure what else I need to do if I change, what Wordpress does – such as back ups – that I would need to build in. I suspect that's true of many of us though.
 
Use this book for reference, use the YouTube videos, but don’t get put off by the jargon, the tech side. You can learn as you go – many of us have and TBH I think you never stop learning. Its a great hobby, whether you’re talking about books, products, hobbies or just using it as a kind of daily diary.
 
Stars: Four, a great reference but a little dry and hard going at times.

ARC received from Netgalley and publishers for review purposes.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for Beginners 8 May 2016
By Donna Ledbetter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
As a book blogger (albeit and occasional one), I was really excited to hear about The Book Blogger Platform and to read it. I expected to find advice that would help me build my blog platform and engage a new audience. There was a bit of that, but the book focused mainly on the technical side of setting up a blog.

If you know very little about how to start a Wordpress site or open a basic account on Blogger, you'll find The Book Blogger Platform very useful. However, as a blogger with a few years of experience, I found that it didn't include the information I really wanted, like discussion about how to drive traffic to one's site, how to build a loyal following, or how to monetize a site to the level of a full-time income. These sorts of things don't necessarily occur to a new blogger, and to have it in an introductory book would not be helpful. So, the author's come out with a really great book for beginners.

Advanced bloggers will want to look to other sources for more information about how to take their blogs to the next level.

The book was very good for its purpose, though. I would recommend it to someone just starting out. Tens of thousands of blogs are started every day, so there is definitely a need for the The Book Blogger Platform. For the right reader, it can help ease the growing pains of just getting started.
4.0 out of 5 stars A tremendous job to help book bloggers start or improve their blog 8 Jun. 2016
By Henk-Jan van der Klis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
A book devoted to book blogging reviewed on a book blog sounds like inversion, right? Barb Drozdowich experimented in a first edition of The Book Blogger Platform with technical details, screenshots, but found better ways to convey her insights, practical tips and helpful guidance for novice and advanced book lovers spreading their reviews through a blog.

In this second edition technical details and instructions are pushed to a series of over 20 Youtube videos. The booklet itself concentrates on setting up a weblog through primarily Blogger or WordPress, getting (advanced) review copies for free from Netgalley and Edelweiss, and cross-posting your reviews to e.g. Amazon, Goodreads, and Librarything, as well as social media platforms. Barb is honest about (limited possibilities for) making money from your blog, the amount of time it takes to gather your books, actually reading, writing a review and ensure its publication and spread, backing up your blog's content.

The book can be used as a guideline to set up your blog, as well as a refresher for veteran book bloggers like me. Topics like branding, the use of images and hotlinks, blog tours, as well as your personal review policy, various ways to review and promote books, advertising, and finding fellow book bloggers are addressed. Drozdowich did a tremendous job to have lots of up to date content in her book to help you out, blogging with confidence about your passion: books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Book Blogger Platform 17 Oct. 2014
By Jersey Girl Book Reviews / Jersey Girl Sizzling Book Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
In The Book Blogger Platform, author Barb Drozdowich calls upon her own personal book blogging experience to write a very informative and thorough step-by-step guide to creating, maintaining, and enjoying book blogging.

As a book review blogger since June 2010, I wish I had this awesome guide when I began to think about creating a book blog that would share my passion and love for reading with other bookworms. As I read through each chapter of the guide, I found a lot of valuable information, advice and guidance that is very relevant and useful.

In The Book Blogger Platform, the author takes the reader through every stage of creating a book blog that is more than just a hobby, it is a labor of love. From defining who book bloggers are; to creating a blog using the popular sites of Free Word Press and Blogger; to the intricate details of formatting the perfect blog that will capture your passion; to the trials, tribulations, and satisfaction of creating a successful book blog that will generate worldwide book followers; to social media exposure, working with authors and publicists, and virtual book blog tours; this is a nifty reference manual that provides the perfect guidance and advice for the newbie and experienced book blogger!

It doesn't matter if you are a newbie or an experienced book blogger, The Book Blogger Platform is a must have, it will always be a useful reference guide that you can refer back to from time to time!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review.
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