This guide includes class materials and further resources to use when planning your blog.
Blog on : the essential guide to building dynamic weblogs by Todd Stauffer
Blogging for dummies by Susannah Gardner and Shane Birley
Blogwild! : a guide for small business blogging by Andy Wibbels
Create your own photo blog by Catherine Jamieson
Head first WordPress by Jeff Siarto
Teach yourself visually WordPress by Janet Majure
WordPress for dummies by Lisa Sabin-Wilson
WordPress : the missing manual by Matthew MacDonald
…and more to come!
Blogroll: A Brief List of Blogging Resources
This list is not exhaustive. I found many resources during my research for this course, and thought these may be helpful to you as you plan your blog and further explore the world of blogging after our class meeting.
Blogging Basics has been featured by news sites and top blog lists. In this post, the author compares several blogging platforms in a pros & cons format, including the pricing of different platforms (ranging from free to $9/month). http://www.bloggingbasics101.com/choosing-a-blogging-platform-quick-reference/
Cookie and Kate is geared toward more advanced bloggers, but this overview on blog photography highlights the importance of a good image. http://cookieandkate.com/food-photography-tips-for-food-bloggers/
The Blog Stylist compiles resources for bloggers, notifies readers of blogging conferences and events, and offers tips for better blogging. http://theblogstylist.com/
Wordstream is an online advertising company, but you can find good articles on these kinds of sites, including this one, on planning and writing a blog post. The article covers planning, research, titles, post mechanics, writing, and editing. http://www.wordstream.com/blog/ws/2015/02/09/how-to-write-a-blog-post
This Writer’s Digest articles on the dos and don’ts of blogging. It’s a concise overview with good advice, expanding some of what we discussed in class. http://www.writersdigest.com/online-editor/the-12-dos-and-donts-of-writing-a-blog
These sites are geared toward entrepreneurs and bloggers who want to monetize their work, but the authors include some good, simple articles on blogging basics, such as these, on developing your About and Bio pages.
Paid Blog Courses
I have not taken any of these courses; please do not take this list as an endorsement of any particular program, but these in-depth options might be useful to you if you’d like to create a business or generate income using your blog. They are a bit pricey – depending on your budget – so this list is for serious bloggers only!
Blog Academy offers an extensive series of classes online or in person, particularly geared toward business owners or those who want to make a career of their blogs. http://www.theblogcademy.com/
Blogging Your Way provides individual e-courses taught by bloggers and industry experts. https://bloggingyourway.com/
A Beautiful Mess offers classes on many topics, including elements of blogging such as design, photos, and making a living at blogging. http://shop.abeautifulmess.com/shop/classes
This course if offered by Writer’s Digest, focused primarily on writers who want to build an online presence. https://www.writersonlineworkshops.com/courses/blogging-101