I just finished reading “Blogging a reference for the rest of us” by Susanahh Gardner and Shane Birley. The book is a reference guide for blogging. As the owner of a blog directory and several popular blogs I am well read on this topic and read every book that comes out about blogging. In my opinion this is one of the best books for beginners and intermediate bloggers. It is not great for professional bloggers but that should be obvious because it is part of the “dummies” series.
What I like most about the book was how thorough it was, they covered every single topic about blogging that I can think of. I also like the fact that it was written in 2008, so the information is very current and they cover all the latest technology like RSS feeds and social networking. They also devote an entire images to photos, this is important because when I first started blogging this was one area where I needed help.
The best part of the book is where they talk about monetizing your blog or in other words how to make money from your blog. A lot of books out there cover the basics but very few dive into all the techniques you can employ to make a few bucks for your efforts. I also like the illustrations and the screen shots, this makes it very easy to follow along and absorb the information that is presented.
In closing I would highly recommend this book to the beginner and intermediate bloggers. To all you pro bloggers, you might want to take a pass on this one.