So last week, I hosted a blogging workshop at Three’s Discovery Store in Islington. It was amazing fun, with some really lovely people, and for the first time I wondered if some of the stuff that I have to say would actually be worth writing in a blog post – a sort of fun blogging 101. So if you’ve got a few minutes and you’re at all interested, here are a few of my thoughts and my top tips for creative blogging.
So this week, my little corner of the internet is celebrating its eighth birthday. Eight whole years of talking waffle! I was telling someone recently (in the manner of a very old lady) that when I started out, I knew most of the other ‘mummy bloggers’ out there. There weren’t very many and we all felt like friends, commenting on each other’s blog posts and actually meeting up in real life occasionally too! Read more
I am pretty blessed. I have a great bunch of friends. I’m rather proud that my friends are all clever, funny, incredible supportive and all very successful. Take Erica, for example. I first met Erica on my first ever blogging trip – we’re both members of the ‘Disney 7’. We all bonded over mojitos and have stayed firm friends. At the time it was such a big deal that a company were sending bloggers away on a trip that it was even mentioned in The Times.
Now, blogging is a much more popular pastime, but starting a blog can be hard. Occasionally I get emails from people asking how to get started. The conversation normally goes something like this:
Me: ‘Okay, well, y’know WordPress, right?’
Wannabe blogger: ‘No’
Me: ‘Erm oh. Well, you kind of need to… erm… Well, there’s a dashboard, see, and you can upload posts and then, erm…’
And there you have it: ‘how to blog’ by English Mum. It’d be a pretty crap book.
Luckily, then, the aforementioned lovely Erica has come to our rescue. Now a hugely successful ‘Mumpreneur’ who runs courses helping other mums start their own businesses and is the joint owner of ACE Inspire which provides remote courses and produces eBooks on business blogging, social media and online marketing, she still writes Littlemummy.com (when she has time!). Erica has come to our rescue and written a fabulous book: Blogging – The Essential Guide with her business partner, Antonia Chitty.
I think it says a great deal that even though I’ve been writing this blog for six years, I still learned loads of new things. For a complete beginner, this book is a blogging bible, with chapters on creating your blog, ideas for blog posts, loads of hints about community, sensible words about plagiarism and disclosure, etc. But more than this, there are some really clever sections on things like podcasting and eBooks.
So if you’ve ever thought about starting your own blog (I’m a pretty good advert for blogging, I reckon – it’s taken me around the world and given me a million and one brilliant opportunities), you should definitely buy this book. And if you’re already blogging, it’s invaluable for fresh ideas, as a great reference tool and for some really good, down to earth advice.
Blogging – The Essential Guide by Antonia Chitty & Erica Douglas is out now.
Dear Mr Avis
It’s me, English Mum.
Remember me? I’m the one who reversed over a bollard in the ‘bloggerbus’ you gave me when my friends came over?
Yup, that one.
Thank you very much for sponsoring me to attend Cybermummy 2011. I had such a great time. I met loads of people that I talk to on Twitter, I listened to Erica talk about monetising and working with brands…
I listened to Taralara talking about her amazing gallery:
I met my lovely chums from Disney, and loads of new people from HP and Ubisoft, Three and Cuticura… I sipped Sancerre with my buddy Helen from the Knackered Mother’s Wine Club, and the lovely chaps at Naked Wines…
And at the end of the day, I went with my mates and had amazing tapas and a few cocktails…
I might have accidentally forgotten to pick up the lovely Fiat 500 you were giving me for the week.
In my defence, I’d driven straight off the midnight ferry and hadn’t got home until 6am. I was quite tired, and still had a whole van to unpack and a whole storage locker to fill up. My feet were a bit sore and I was a teeny bit pooped.
I’m really sorry, but I had a fab time anyway, even though forgetting to pick up the car meant that I had to get the tube, and the Central Line was closed, and I had to walk a long way too.
I know what you’re thinking…
Serves me right.
I had a good time though.
Lots of love,
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