Simple Blogging: Less Computer Time, More Family Time

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Recently, I purchased a ton of new e-books during the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle Sale. Admittedly, it took me a little while to get started reading some of the books, but the first one I read was Simple Blogging by Rachel Meeks. I read it from start to finish in one day!

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Rachel’s intention for this book is to show the reader how to successfully maintain and grow your blog devoting only a few hours a week to the task, allowing you to spend less time on the computer and more time with your family.

And who couldn’t use more family time?? I know I could.

The book is written so that you don’t necessarily have to read the chapters in order; you can skip around if you choose to do so. Rachel shares with you, the reader, how to discover a purpose for your blog as well as the purpose for how and why you blog. In each chapter, she includes application questions that you can use to help you identify your own purpose and intentions for your blog.

“The reason people will faithfully read a blog is for the voice behind it, and that’s you.”

I think one of the sections I enjoyed most was about how to write faster and remove distractions. I am terrible about sitting down to write a post that’s been in my head all day, only to end up wasting time on Facebook, Twitter, and whatever else I can find to do online. When it takes me 5 hours just to write a fairly simple post, clearly I’m doing something wrong! Finding balance between your family life and keeping up your blog is a key point of Simple Blogging.

The book also discusses design issues, everything from choosing layouts and colors, to decluttering sidebars, and simply making sure your blog is readable! (Hello, white text on black backgrounds!) Rachel goes over ways to write more attention grabbing post titles, commenting, and writing guest posts (something that I have yet to be brave enough to do!)

Something that I have not really had to deal with too often is the email guilt that the book discusses as well…I’m usually able to keep up with my inbox without any trouble (on days that I’m not working, anyway.) But I’m sure a lot of more well known bloggers have run into that issue, and the chapter that Rachel includes is very well laid out.

Near the end of the book, there are multiple pages of various resources to check out, ranging from productivity, monetization, design, social media, and more. I was a little disappointed to find that a few links that I was truly interested in were nonfunctional, as apparently the website in question was no longer in use. But the sheer number of links provided in the resources section more than make up for the few links that didn’t work.

I truly enjoyed reading this book. I found myself highlighting and bookmarking pages and lines constantly, and I hope to be able to incorporate some of Rachel’s advice into my blogging efforts! I wholeheartedly recommend Simple BloggingI think it is a valuable resource for any blog author!

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Stacey

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