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It’s been almost a full month since I launched my blog. Hooray! I can’t tell you how much I’ve been loving this blogging adventure so far! My blog is off to a great start, and I have my blogging education to thank for that! In this post I will explain how I’m learning how to blog (hint: it’s working!)
My Blogging Education: I’m learning from the best, and it’s working!
When I decided to start blogging, I knew I wanted to learn as much as I possibly could about how to blog. There’s no shortage of blogging resources out there! I wanted to make sure I was investing in resources that were truly worth the cost. I did I ton of research and I want to share what I’ve found with you in hopes that it may save you some time and frustration. Here is exactly how I’ve started my blogging education.
Where to start?
I wanted to give my blog a strong start. But I had no idea what I was doing. So, I turned to some of the best bloggers out there and I’ve been soaking up their knowledge like a sponge.
The first book I read about blogging was How to Blog for Profit without Selling your Soul. Ruth Soukup (from Living Well, Spending Less) is one of the most successful, best known bloggers out there.
How to Blog for Profit without Selling your Soul gave me a strong understanding of blogging basics. I learned about the terms and buzzwords that I had been hearing and reading about and didn’t fully understand.
After reading How to Blog for Profit without Selling your Soul, I had a basic understanding of how this whole blogging thing worked. I had a vision of where I wanted my blog to go and I had an idea of how to get there.
I kept learning
The first course I took
I found a course by Bob Lotich, an awesome professional blogger (at Seedtime.com). It was Pro-Blogging Secrets, and it was amazing!
I was so excited to take the Pro-Blogging Secrets course. It is a series of videos and resources that cover the spectrum of all blogging areas. It covers blogging basics, gaining traffic, monetization, and the business of blogging. I learned so much from this course.
Pro-Blogging Secrets also came with an awesome Facebook support group. This was an amazing opportunity to ask questions and exchange ideas with other bloggers.
My second course
Next, I purchased Building a Framework: The Ultimate Blogging Handbook by Abby Lawson. Abby Lawson is a super successful blogger at Just a Girl and her Blog. This comprehensive program walked me through the process of laying a strong foundation for my blog.
Abby holds nothing back in Building a Framework. She even shares the mistakes she made when she started her blog. I was so thankful to learn from her mistakes right from the start with my blog, Happy Humble Home.
The program covers everything from creating content and building relationships to growing your blog and monetizing. I loved that it included Blog Binder printables that kept me organized as I followed the program.
Building a Framework also includes premium packages that include step-by-step video tutorials, which taught me so much about the technical aspects of blogging that I couldn’t figure out on my own.
In my opinion, the most valuable part of the program is that it includes a Facebook Mastermind group that you’re able to join once you purchase the program. Just like the group included in Pro-Blogging Secrets, this has been so helpful to me! I’m able to ask questions and talk to other bloggers about things that my non-blogging friends just don’t understand.
I cannot recommend Building a Framework highly enough. Check it out here
What I’m going to do next
I was lucky enough to purchase the Genius Blogger’s Toolkit when it was available and that came with so many amazing ebooks and e-courses that I’m going to have my hands full for quite a while.
I’m not sure if this will be available again until next year. I will keep you posted if I hear anything!
I’m so excited to learn more about blogging and see where it takes me next. It has been an amazing adventure so far!
Great recommendations on Blogging courses and ebooks. So far I read Ruth Sukup,s blog for profit without selling your soul. In the future I definitely have put building a framework ebook on my wish list.
Congrats on your first month of blogging. Looks like you have learned a lot and the amazing thing I see is that you don’t suffer from overwhelm which is pretty common this early in the game. I follow Ruth and most of the books you mentioned. It is going to take a while to get through the toolkit for sure. Best of luck and thanks for joining TADA! Thursdays.
Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom says
I have this toolkit and I can see it’s the BEST investment I’ve made in my blog! I’ve already learned so much!
Thanks for sharing (and for linking up to the last #SHINEbloghop).
Wishing you a lovely day.
Thanks for sharing your experience I’m pretty new to it eager to learn everything I can!
I am impressed with all your research right from the word go. I kind of wish I had of done more of that. I have read a lot of blogs to learn from others but haven’t invested in many courses yet. Maybe an idea for me to try in the new year. Gosh there is so much to learn about Blogging! It can all take up a lot of time. That is my struggle, finding the balance.
You’ve done well. i certainly have been one of the “learn by doing” folks, and sometimes I wish I’d been smarter and done more prep before embarking.
Carole @ Garden Up Green says
Love Ruth’s book so much that I took her course which is fantastic. She only opens enrollment a couple times a year and last year after blogging for a couple years I decided to go for it. The best part you can go back over it anytime to refresh the brain because there’s a lot of information to absorb.
Victoria @DazzleWhileFrazzled says
I just “survived” my first year of blogging and I agree that education is vital. I don’t think we’ll ever know it all as the online world keeps changing just as we figure something out! Visiting from Thursday Favorite Things party.
Imperfect Disciples says
We’ve used Building a Framework, but I think we need to go through it again and try to work each of the chapters into our routine a little better. 🙂 It’s tough to see the money you need to pay for some of these things when you’re starting out and not making any money, but if you can find the right resources, they are worth far more than their cost.
These are awesome resources. I need to catch up with some of these. Thank you so much for sharing!!
Lisa J O'Driscoll says
Ruth’s book was one of the first ones I read when I started blogging and I loved it. It taught me so much! It sounds like you’re off to a really good start and getting some great info!
Kati @ Wanderlusting By Design says
I too am just getting started (or… re-started!) and I am going to dive into some of these links. Thanks for sharing and good luck!
Blogging is alot of fun. Its work, but you make so many connections with women who share the same interests and goals. Congratulations on your new blog.
I didn’t know about the genius bloggers toolkit! Need to check that out!