Today I stopped at lunchtime, sat out in the garden and finished reading Blogs Change Lives by @mamapreneurrevolution / @youbabymemummy Being able to get out at lunchtime is a bonus of working from home occasionally. I wasn’t sure what to expect from a book that promised a step by step guide to building a blogging business, and the emotional and personal story behind it. I’ve read how-to guides on all sorts of media over the years and they’ve ranged from the complex to “you’ve taken my money to churn out these old tropes”. But I’ve hung out in Aby’s Facebook group for a while now and love her Lives and webinars, so on the whole I was hopeful. I was not disappointed! The book is clear, human, and incredibly detailed without making assumptions about knowledge. It covered everything from theme, layout, Writing, planning, monetising, SEO, social media, promotion, and so much more . It’s knocked me for six though in a really good way. There’s lots running through it about mindset and on this Aby shoots straight from the hip. Knowledge and skills aren’t enough, you have to want it - whatever IT is. I wanted to shout amen, because that’s exactly how I feel. I am focussed, organised and believe in the value of clear objectives, but there’s also something else.... sheer will. Now I’m not saying everyone needs or should want to do it all, after all success looks different to everyone. We all have our own motivations, values and goals. But, if you see your blog as more than a hobby, or think it could be, then you need to check this book out.
OMG - I've just finished this book and to say I love it is an understatement!! I cried in the first chapter and smiled with delight in the last chapter - seriously it's brilliant!!!!! It flows fabulously - I love how I can hear Aby's voice all the way through - I loved hearing more about her story - and the info in there is invaluable - it's packed full of content, and just flows from idea to idea in a very logical way!
Seriously seriously seriously - I loved it! I started reading late last night and apart from doing the school run I've only read it all day! And I've even implemented some of the things already 🙂!!!! I REALLY love the way it's broken up with quotes, and action points. So much value in the book - it's literally the one stop shop to blogging! Utterly brilliant!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I loved how it moved from starting the blog through to brand work and niching - it just works perfectly! I LOVED the first chapter - it really resonated with me from the first paragraph and it made me cry because that's exactly how I felt when I finally got the kids home! The interweaving of Aby's story made me feel as though I could do the same and it felt hugely inspirational without being out of my reach.
Too often I've read blogging books which don't sound real - they read like sound bites without giving the bones about what to do - but Blogs Change Lives reads like you speak - it tells it straight, explains exactly why , puts the meat onto the bones, and then Aby's story throughout demonstrates how she implemented it and why. Seriously brilliant! It speaks to the heart in the first chapter, and inspires in the straight blogging chapters - it really fits the title as the reader can see how blogging changed your life and how it could change theirs!!!!!!!
Oh, and I loved the length too! Far too often blogging books are pretty short, quite expensive and I get to the end feeling as though I haven't got any value out of it! But in Blogs Change Lives there were immediate actions to do which made sense and moved through logically. Utterly brilliant - without doubt a one stop shop and the only blogging book you'll ever need!
'Blogs Change Lives' is not just another 'how-to-blog' book of tips, but in addition to sound advice, it's also a story of why those tips work. Aby cleverly weaves her personal story between chapters of solid business strategy - a story of how and why her blogging journey began, how she grew her business successfully, and how she now shares her knowledge and experience with other mamapreneurs to help them be successful too.
'Blogs Change Lives' takes a beginner blogger through the whole process, from understanding your 'why' and 'who', to getting the right look through clever branding, what and how to write, how to market yourself and capitalise on social media, how to find your niche, and so much more.
Even more seasoned bloggers will get so much valuefrom this book; there are ideas on repurposing content, how to grow your email list, how to build your online credibility, and how to diversify your income streams.
Jam-packed with 'Aby's Action Steps' and brilliant motivational quotes, 'Blogs Change Lives' is the only blogging book you'll need to start and grow a successful online blogging business!