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Book Review: Standing Out in a Popular Blogging Niche

Posted by on Thursday, 13 November, 2014

Standing-Out-In-A-Popular-Blogging-NicheI first heard Kimberly Gauthier speak at WordCamp Seattle this year. Unfortunately I was the photographer for the day, so couldn’t stay for all her presentation. Thus, I was eager to read her book, Standing Out in a Popular Blogging Niche. I wasn’t disappointed.

While knowledgeable on the  technical side of WordPress, this book is more strategy and promotion. Kimberly uses her own experiences with Keep the Tail Wagging – her own blog – to take the reader through building their own successful blog. I love that she includes goal setting straight out, and also finding your blog’s voice. Very useful things and ones often overlooked. as I mentioned, Kimberly uses her own experiences and shares her learnings. To show there is no magic number of posts per week, she shares how she started with 5-6, but has dropped it back this year to concentrate on other aspects of the blog. To discuss time management (another overlooked aspect of blogging), she lists her responsibilities.

I think my favorite chapter is the monetization discussion. Let’s be honest, blogs cost time and a little bit of money. And we always feel special when brands send us product. Read this for a reminder to stay true to your brand’s voice and honor your audience. She also gives a detailed account of disclosure requirements to avoid getting a nasty call from the FTC. Oh, and the dealing with conflict discussion is a must-read.

Technical tactics haven’t been totally left out. I’ve just added Tweet Old Posts (not called Revive Old Posts) plug-in to Tap Dancing Spiders, on Kimberly’s inclusion. Check out the bonus tips at the end.

The formatting is a little messy in parts. Most of my Kindle books are eARCs, so I’m not sure if it’s a Kindle thing. It’s just a little off-putting.

Who is Standing Out in a Popular Blogging Niche for?

This book is for anyone starting a blog, or already running one. TDS is now seven years old and I’ve learned from Standing Out in a Popular Blogging Niche. I’ve moved through three different voices, and this book would have helped me focus all those years ago.

Kimberly Gauthier is speaking at our #HootupSEA event next week for Hootsuite. If you’re in Seattle’s U District on Wednesday evening, we’d love to see you at the free event, So you want to be a Blogger.

Design Seeds – making magic colors

Posted by on Monday, 18 February, 2013

Have you ever wondered which colors complement to make your new website or design project beautiful?

Design Seeds has 356 pages of color palettes to help. Choose a theme and receive a choice of palettes. Photos are used to display the colors in “real life.”

Aquatic Tones - Design Seeds

Aquatic Tones

So there’s no excuse for poor color choices. Unless, of course, you get captivated by the pages of beautiful palettes and don’t return to your work.

Professional versus personal

Posted by on Friday, 27 August, 2010

Finding the balance between professional and personal in a blog is always tricky. Communicators don’t want details of my trips or what my friends are up to. Some of my friends really don’t care about the business opportunities Foursquare presents. I respect that.

So if you want to hear my communications ramblings, stick around. If you want to know what else I get up to, here over to all of the above.

New profile, some changes and a blogging cat

Posted by on Tuesday, 27 January, 2009

Blogging-CatWhat do you think of the new profile? It’s very pretty. I was going to have a custom design but it was taking too long and I realised it doesn’t really matter. As long as it is easy to read, the content is more important. Original branding can come later. So thanks to Militaru for the design. I would link to their site, but it is just a page of Google ads.

The changes promised in the title are also a result of me realising how limited time is. I have a month until uni goes back and about a trillion in progress projects.

So, I have given up on reading Traders, Guns and Money by Satyajit Das and moved on to The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell. I’m apprehensive because it does seem to be the trendy book of the month, but we’ll see. I still have Sat Das speaking at one of my events. I’d let you know how it goes but the organisation I work for isn’t the most social media friendly and there’s a gag order on my blog. So stay tuned for the review on The Tipping Point.

And the blogging cat. My housemate and I have been having a bit of fun with her new kitten. We can call her a Gen Z kitten as there isn’t a name for 2009 children yet, so as a Gen Zer she needed to be online. The cat that is, my housemate’s blog is already on the blog roll. So check out Elphaba Widget’s blog and see how adorable she is.