Creative Blogging: Your First Steps to a Successful Blog

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Creative Blogging shows you how to start blogging for the very first time to express your creativity, reach out and be heard—and even how to make money with your blog!

You'll start at the right place: The beginning! Learn answers to the most important and popular questions: What is a blog? Do I need a blog? How do I get started? What do I blog about? How do I blog? Creative Blogging then takes you through the how-to aspects of blogging, so you can quickly learn the terminology ...

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Overview

Creative Blogging shows you how to start blogging for the very first time to express your creativity, reach out and be heard—and even how to make money with your blog!

You'll start at the right place: The beginning! Learn answers to the most important and popular questions: What is a blog? Do I need a blog? How do I get started? What do I blog about? How do I blog? Creative Blogging then takes you through the how-to aspects of blogging, so you can quickly learn the terminology and get started. You'll then be able to choose the right blogging tool for you!

Soon, you'll be prepared to unleash your creativity! Like a good author, you'll learn how to find information to blog about, and how to express yourself in your blog in the ways that you want. Your creativity is what will make your blog successful, but every artist needs an audience. Creative Blogging reveals how to draw peopleto your site!

You'll also discover how to work with images and video, how to integrate your blog with Twitter and Facebook, and even how to make money with your blog! Let your creativity bring your audience to you and your blog with Creative Blogging.

What you’ll learnThis book is for beginners looking to start a new blog and let their creativity find their audience within the blogosphere. You'll learn the basics of how to blog,how to show your creative self on your blog, and how to find your audience.

  • What a blog is—everything you need to know!
  • How to choose the best blog tool for YOU!
  • How to set up and organize your blog
  • How to be creative in your blog's design and layout
  • How to work with images to create a beautiful blog
  • More advanced blog techniques and strategies
  • Tools to promote your blog, increase visits, and make money!
  • How to connect with popular social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook
  • Where to find help, tools, tips and tricks


Who this book is for

Anyone creative who's never blogged before, but wants to reach an audience, be it for the purpose ofbusiness or pleasure.

Table of Contents

  1. Where to Begin
  2. Blog Layout and Design
  3. Let’s Blog
  4. More Than Just Text
  5. Advanced Blog Design
  6. Setting up a Custom Domain
  7. Increasing Traffic & Visitor Tracking
  8. Social Network Integration
  9. Setting Up Shop
  10. HTML/CSS Basics
  11. Blogging Tips


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781430234289
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 4/1/2011
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 812,251
  • Product dimensions: 7.36 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Heather Wright-Porto holds a master's degree in computer information systems and has had her own computer consulting company, Premier Computer Solutions, since 1995. She has trained clients on Microsoft Office, as well as Photoshop, Illustrator, Quark, and other graphic design applications, in addition to developing databases (using Microsoft Access, Microsoft SQL Server, and Oracle), programming in Visual Basic, and creating websites (using ColdFusion, HTML, and JavaScript). She also worked at New York University's School of Medicine as a senior database developer for more than nine years. In November 2009, her focus shifted to expanding and building her Blogs by Heather business (BlogsByHeather.com). In July 2010, she published her first book, Beginning Google Blogger, and in the fall of 2010 began writing her second, Creative Blogging.

Heather enjoys writing and sharing her blogging knowledge and experience with her readers. She hopes to continue writing technical books and maybe will even write a children's book someday. Her days are also filled with raising her young family, Luke and Michaela.

As a creative outlet and for her love of art, she became a Stampin Up! Demonstrator in October 2006. She is what is considered a "hobby" demonstrator, but enjoys making and selling cards at local shops, holding child and adult craft programs at local libraries, as well as workshops at her home with customers, friends and family.

Heather is easygoing, but very ambitious and detailed-oriented (how does that combination work?). She gets great enjoyment in helping others and more so in making people smile. She is blessed and fortunate to have the life she has, and to be surrounded by a loving family and wonderful people.

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