If you saw my room growing up than you would know my love for books! I love absorbing knowledge and I have such an appreciation for the written word (probably why I love blogging so much). So I wanted to share some of my favourite blogging books for those of you who are interested in becoming a blogger or even an influencer, as some of these will apply to both.
It’s one of the most common questions I get from people, and I always try my best to help them because I wish someone would have steered me in the right direction and maybe it wouldn’t have taken me this long to actually get this far in my career.
She Means Business by Carrie Green – This was one of the first books I ever picked up about becoming an entrepreneur and starting an online business. Carrie Green is still one of my favourite people to follow on social media, and just like the inspiring stuff she shares on Instagram, she shares a lot of inspiring quotes through out the book. One of my favourite’s from the book is by Betty Reese and she says, “If you think you’re too small to be effective, you’ve never been in bed with a mosquito”. It was a quick read, that shared a lot of good information in regards to figuring out a clear vision for your brand, who your audience is and how to build a community. Highly suggest this book if you’re looking for some motivation to begin, or if you’ve hit a rut and want to remember why you started in the first place.
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert – This was probably the second book I ever bought in accordance to blogging (notice a trend here?). Again this was an inspirational book for “creative living” that was written by one of my favourite authors. Elizabeth Gilbert is the author of Eat Pray Love, and The Signature of All Things. She is a brilliant writer and takes the reader on a journey to find ways to stay motivated whether your writing a book, blog or any other creative endeavour with her real life experience, whit and just really good writing. I often pick up this book when I feel lost in my writing or if I have writers block. My bucket list has always had “write a book” scribbled in it and I always think if Elizabeth Gilbert never gave up, either will I.
Pro Blogger by Darren Rowse and Chris Garrett – Thanks to The Queen herself, a.k.a Lauryn Evarts from The Skinny Confidential who shared a blog post years ago about her recommended reads for bloggers. She raved about Pro Blogger and it did not disappoint! So Pro Blogger sold over 3 million books worldwide because it’s written by successful bloggers for bloggers, and covers everything (in my opinion the biggest thing) from figuring out what niche you will blog about, step by step guide on how to put together a successful blogpost and like so many other essential tips. I’ve highlighted the sh*! out of mine and wrote little notes everywhere, and its become one of my most opened books to date.
Side Hustle: From Idea to Income in 27 Days! by Chris Gullibeau – This wasn’t an author I was familiar with and on one of my excursions to Chapter’s I stumbled upon this book. I immediately related it to Blogging and Influencing, but you can associate it for any business idea you want. I liked how straight forward the author was, this book really helped me decide what idea was viable for the industry I was getting into. It helped me narrow down the direction and create a plan to achieve it. I’m still working on finishing it, mostly because I read half way and got so excited to put my plan into action and didn’t come back to finish it yet. I found out this author also has a Podcast called “Side Hustle School” and I’ve already downloaded all the episodes.
The Millions Dollar Blog by Natasha Courtenay Smith – This is my latest book I bought, and I just started reading it. I’ve highlighted a so much and scribbled little notes on every page so far. I always like books that include interviews from bloggers and answering questions about business and blogging. It gives you an insight on what to expect and for me it gave me the courage to continue writing and sharing my life. There are many things bloggers don’t talk about and this book has been very honest about what to expect. I’ll try and come back to update more on this book once I finish, but I would suggest to buy this one as well since it has a lot of information to support you in your blogging journey.
Blog Inc by Joy Cho – Im sure by now you would have seen the blog “Oh Joy“, or the many products and design collaborations Joy has been apart of. She is an O.G blogger who has an extensive knowledge of web design, creating blog posts that get seen and what the lifestyle of a professional blogger looks like from Joy’s personal experiences and from other success bloggers. Which is probably the best part in my opinion is having a bunch of bloggers put in their honest opinions and advice in regards to blogging. My other favourite parts are the ones that I keep going back to are “Overcoming Blogger’s Block”, “Developing a voice” and “Going Full-Time with Blogging”. Trust me on this, if you’re serious about blogging than this is a book that you NEED to read. I purchased it on my kindle, but I would suggest buying the actual book so you can highlight, take notes and save pages.
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