Blogging for Bliss
Today’s crafting community is online, connected, and blissfully blogging about their work and ideas. Blogging is hot in this highly creative world—and here is the only how-to book aimed directly at them. Everyone from knitters and beaders to scrapbookers and altered artists will find the practical information and visual inspiration they need to create an artful online journal.Thanks to hundreds of gorgeous screen grabs from the very best blogs, a thorough introduction to the tools of the trade, and instructions that virtually take you by the hand, even beginners will swiftly go from blank screen to colorful, enticing pages. Those who already have a blog, but want to enhance their presence on the Web, will learn how to add banners and graphics, take the perfect shots, crop and size photos, establish links, and attract an audience of eager readers.Best of all, readers will meet some of the Web’s most popular creative bloggers, including Alicia Paulson (Posie Gets Cozy), Gabreial Wyatt (Vintage Indie), Emily Martin (Inside A Black Apple), Lidy Baars (Little French Garden House), Heather Bullard (Vintage Inspired Living), and Serena Thompson and Teri Edwards (The Farm Chicks). 

Blogging for Bliss Details

TitleBlogging for Bliss
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 4th, 2009
PublisherLark Crafts
ISBN-139781600595110
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Language, Writing, Art, Crafts, Business

Blogging for Bliss Review

  • Shala Kerrigan
    January 1, 1970
    Every so often I wind up in conversations about starting a blog, and trying to explain just what I know gets confusing and overwhelming for some people.There are a lot of books about blogging that focus on all sorts of topics, but very few books for the person who wants to start a craft or art blog.A couple of years ago, Tara Frey wrote a great book about the process that should be recommended to everyone who starts a crafts or crafty life style blog. Blogging For Bliss-Crafting Your Own Online Every so often I wind up in conversations about starting a blog, and trying to explain just what I know gets confusing and overwhelming for some people.There are a lot of books about blogging that focus on all sorts of topics, but very few books for the person who wants to start a craft or art blog.A couple of years ago, Tara Frey wrote a great book about the process that should be recommended to everyone who starts a crafts or crafty life style blog. Blogging For Bliss-Crafting Your Own Online Journal: A Guide for Crafters, Artists and Creatives of All KindsThe author puts a lot of the facts of blogging in it, the most popular blog platform programs, hints about how to customize layouts, information about basic html commands. Information about couple ad programs as well as tips on creative, beautiful photography and sizing photos for the web. In short, it's all the information you need to start a blog.Where it shines is in the examples and interviews with some of the best known names in art and craft blogging, finding out about the inspiration that caused them to start blogging, the satisfactions of blogging what you're passionate about and even how they picked the names of their blogs. They also ask these luminaries which blogs they read daily. The information has inspired me to think about changing the layout of my blog and possibly the way I blog. I'll still keep the focus where it's at, but possibly include more entries about day to day life. Make my blog a little more personally mine, as well as a depository for craft ideas, projects and art.The book itself is gorgeous, wonderful examples of photographs and blog layouts. The interviews will tip you off to other craft and art blogs you might be interested in. This is a book that's sure to inspire anyone who is just getting started blogging with very easy to understand information. [I received a complimentary copy of the book to review on my craft blog- Don't Eat the Paste. My reviews are always my honest opinion]
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  • Phoebe
    January 1, 1970
    This book really worked for me. At first I thought it was going to be too rudimentary, since I've been digital-journaling and blogging for over a decade, but it turned out I still had some things to learn (actually, MANY things!) I'm glad I nabbed it from the new books shelf at my local library. I plan to put some of the principals into action, even though I'm not a crafter in the way most of the featured bloggers were. Also, the featured bloggers were not terribly diverse (all women, mostly whi This book really worked for me. At first I thought it was going to be too rudimentary, since I've been digital-journaling and blogging for over a decade, but it turned out I still had some things to learn (actually, MANY things!) I'm glad I nabbed it from the new books shelf at my local library. I plan to put some of the principals into action, even though I'm not a crafter in the way most of the featured bloggers were. Also, the featured bloggers were not terribly diverse (all women, mostly white) -so I hope other books or an updated version of this one can correct for that. All and all, I'd recommend this quick, easy read to anyone just starting out.
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  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    I spent one lazy, rainy day reading this book at Barnes & Noble. It's a really neat book with beautiful images, excellent wording, and wonderful advice. It really inspired my creativity, but I chose not to buy it because it was essentially a guide for something I already knew how to do (starting and maintaining a blog). I did, however, subscribe to a number of new blogs as a result. I especially like how the author provides images of the blogs she mentions, also noting why each blog is uniqu I spent one lazy, rainy day reading this book at Barnes & Noble. It's a really neat book with beautiful images, excellent wording, and wonderful advice. It really inspired my creativity, but I chose not to buy it because it was essentially a guide for something I already knew how to do (starting and maintaining a blog). I did, however, subscribe to a number of new blogs as a result. I especially like how the author provides images of the blogs she mentions, also noting why each blog is unique. It's a great book for the creative person just starting out in the blogosphere. For anyone trying to "blog for bliss," this is the best place to start.
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  • Janette Fuller
    January 1, 1970
    I have found that craft blogs are RED HOT! Even though this book was published several years ago, I found myself pouring over the pages and absorbing as much of the information as I could.I found the information about taking great photos, altering photos, designing banners, using photo-editing software, and adding "sidebar fancies" absolutely fascinating. I also learned how to use Blog Roll to attract more readers to my blog.I enjoyed reading the case studies of 50 creative bloggers who have att I have found that craft blogs are RED HOT! Even though this book was published several years ago, I found myself pouring over the pages and absorbing as much of the information as I could.I found the information about taking great photos, altering photos, designing banners, using photo-editing software, and adding "sidebar fancies" absolutely fascinating. I also learned how to use Blog Roll to attract more readers to my blog.I enjoyed reading the case studies of 50 creative bloggers who have attracted a large following of readers. I checked-out these blogs and most of them are still active. Each of these 50 bloggers also listed their favorite craft blogs so this book really offers a wealth of examples to investigate.I was a little disappointed that the author's blog has been closed down. I could find very little current information about her.I recommend this book to creative bloggers who are looking for inspiration from those who have found bliss and success in the blogosphere. I would love to see an updated edition in the future.
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  • Renee
    January 1, 1970
    I already know how to design web pages, but I was looking for inspiration and I did get it so I feel like my money was not wasted. However I did not enjoy the fact that it was loaded with repeated stuff, like the same ppl`s websites, over and over again. First used as an example to illustrate a point and then later a whole page dedicated to the same site.Lots of eye candy to be sure and if that`s what you need, then this book might be for you. The practical advice on how to build a website using I already know how to design web pages, but I was looking for inspiration and I did get it so I feel like my money was not wasted. However I did not enjoy the fact that it was loaded with repeated stuff, like the same ppl`s websites, over and over again. First used as an example to illustrate a point and then later a whole page dedicated to the same site.Lots of eye candy to be sure and if that`s what you need, then this book might be for you. The practical advice on how to build a website using a platform like Blogger, Type Pad or WordPress however, is very sketchy at best so I would not recommend this book for that.Another reason why I only gave it 2 stars, the author of this book, publicized her own website numerous times but when I typed in her URL, I discovered it was password protected. A fact she neglected to mention. Not very professional IMHO.And that`s all that`s fit to print. If you like artsy pages, try and find this book at your local library and save yourself some $$.Peace.
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  • Kelly Lynn Thomas
    January 1, 1970
    This is a solid introduction for bloggers interested in the craft/hobby/vintage niche. Most of the information relates to how to choose a blog platform and get a blog set up. It really stresses good photography, and includes tons of examples of crafty/vintage blogs with summaries of what makes them a good blog. This book doesn't lay out in bullet points the steps to creating engaging content, but it does hint at them by including so many examples of well-read blogs.Honestly, though, I could have This is a solid introduction for bloggers interested in the craft/hobby/vintage niche. Most of the information relates to how to choose a blog platform and get a blog set up. It really stresses good photography, and includes tons of examples of crafty/vintage blogs with summaries of what makes them a good blog. This book doesn't lay out in bullet points the steps to creating engaging content, but it does hint at them by including so many examples of well-read blogs.Honestly, though, I could have done with a few less blog profiles--it was hard to keep everyone straight and differentiate. I think picking a few blogs (between three and five) and really analyzing them for what makes them great would have helped me out more. The book also doesn't offer any suggestions for maintaining a blog--it's mostly about starting a blog. One more chapter on how to keep blogging through challenges and periods where you are very busy would have been a nice touch.
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  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    I have been playing around with the idea of writing an online journal for sometime now. This book might be the gentle nudge (I need)to start one. Ms. Frey features 50+ blogs to inspire her readers. This book is not just eye-candy though! It is broken down into sections that have clear information on reasons to blog, getting started, tools of the trade, determining level of skill, and (the most fun part) customizing your blog with banners, photos, fancies, art & visuals. Five stars for certai I have been playing around with the idea of writing an online journal for sometime now. This book might be the gentle nudge (I need)to start one. Ms. Frey features 50+ blogs to inspire her readers. This book is not just eye-candy though! It is broken down into sections that have clear information on reasons to blog, getting started, tools of the trade, determining level of skill, and (the most fun part) customizing your blog with banners, photos, fancies, art & visuals. Five stars for certain.
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  • Michele Long
    January 1, 1970
    As far as "how-to" books go, I thought this was a nice change of pace and good for the subject of blogging. While it had less technical advice and more anecdotes, the technical advice was a little more helpful than others with more substance (and by substance I mean pages). The various anecdotes from bloggers provided a nice break from jargon and really helped to hear from those who have been doing it a while. You learn why certain bloggers chose to start and what their experiences have been. It As far as "how-to" books go, I thought this was a nice change of pace and good for the subject of blogging. While it had less technical advice and more anecdotes, the technical advice was a little more helpful than others with more substance (and by substance I mean pages). The various anecdotes from bloggers provided a nice break from jargon and really helped to hear from those who have been doing it a while. You learn why certain bloggers chose to start and what their experiences have been. It's nice to get the different perspectives.
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  • Wallace
    January 1, 1970
    Great for not only getting someone started in blogging, but also for introducing them to some of the main (crafty/creative) blogs out there. This book is for basic and moderate bloggers (if you are advanced in your blogging or are able to create your own website, I imagine you wouldn't have picked up this book anyway). It's visually pleasing, easy to follow, and fun to read.
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  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    I got some helpful tips from this, but bear in mind some of the information is outdated (particularly the section about 'blogspeak': common abbreviations used online).
  • W.B. Abdullah
    January 1, 1970
    I would recommend this book for first-time bloggers who don't have a clue about blogging. I read this after I already started blogging, but I still found it useful in some tips and interviews of other crafty-minded bloggers. It was visually inspiring, showing how important photography can be to the look and feel of a blog. It made me think more about the mood I wanted to convey through the details. Seeing how those who have been blogging blissfully for years have done it definitely made me want I would recommend this book for first-time bloggers who don't have a clue about blogging. I read this after I already started blogging, but I still found it useful in some tips and interviews of other crafty-minded bloggers. It was visually inspiring, showing how important photography can be to the look and feel of a blog. It made me think more about the mood I wanted to convey through the details. Seeing how those who have been blogging blissfully for years have done it definitely made me want to step up my game. This book re-inspired me from my blogger's block. If you're already a blogger, check it out from the library, but if you want to get started blogging, you may want to purchase this one!
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  • Jessietaylortanner
    January 1, 1970
    This is mostly geared towards beginner bloggers and those blogging to enhance or promote their business. Professional bloggers, if you will. Since that is not my aim in blogging, I discounted much of the advice, but that's only because my blog is not necessarily intended to reach a wide audience. So I don't feel compelled to 'market' myself. That said, there is a lot of good basic advice, especially if you are new to the blog world. There are a few basic tutorials for customizing your blog as we This is mostly geared towards beginner bloggers and those blogging to enhance or promote their business. Professional bloggers, if you will. Since that is not my aim in blogging, I discounted much of the advice, but that's only because my blog is not necessarily intended to reach a wide audience. So I don't feel compelled to 'market' myself. That said, there is a lot of good basic advice, especially if you are new to the blog world. There are a few basic tutorials for customizing your blog as well. It also features many popular craft blogs, so you could gain some new inspiration and bookmarks.
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  • Ashleigh
    January 1, 1970
    This book is really clean and pretty, it details the basics of starting a blog and outlines the good and bad points of blogging software and different types of blogs. In between the instructional parts are interviews with bloggers and info on their sites. Its a really nice book although I have found another book since that I probably would have gone for over this one had I known about it as it is more craft orientated which is what I want to blog about eventually. Over all the book is really inf This book is really clean and pretty, it details the basics of starting a blog and outlines the good and bad points of blogging software and different types of blogs. In between the instructional parts are interviews with bloggers and info on their sites. Its a really nice book although I have found another book since that I probably would have gone for over this one had I known about it as it is more craft orientated which is what I want to blog about eventually. Over all the book is really informative and helpful and loaded with nice sites to check out and stuff to get you on your feet in the blogosphere.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    This book was not what I was expecting. I was looking for a book on blogging or blogging for business, but this was just a simple introduction to what blogging is and how to do it. There were very simplistic instructions for starting a blog, uploading a picture, customizing a header, etc. All of this information could be easily found online (and probably more up to-date too. She also writes primarily to crafting bloggers and spends quite a bit of time interviewing and highlighting different crea This book was not what I was expecting. I was looking for a book on blogging or blogging for business, but this was just a simple introduction to what blogging is and how to do it. There were very simplistic instructions for starting a blog, uploading a picture, customizing a header, etc. All of this information could be easily found online (and probably more up to-date too. She also writes primarily to crafting bloggers and spends quite a bit of time interviewing and highlighting different creative bloggers.
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  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    Even though the design & layout of the book is artsy-craftsy, Frey has a lot of great material about why you should blog, as well as what you can make your blog do for you. I had just attended a writing conference with a panel about social media. Reading Frey's book expanded on the points that I had heard there, especially on how to attract readers. A great starter book for beginners & a helpful tool for intermediate bloggers who need a few tips.
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  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    I've been thinking about starting a blog but havn't taken the plunge yet. This seems like it has pretty good information from deciding what service to use to html and photo tips. It also has a pile of information about creative blogs that you can visit for inspiration...so many that its almost overwhelming. I'd like to sit down and just work my way through some of the blogs listed but I only have it checked out from the library and am just not going to have time before the book is due.
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  • MamaCarrie
    January 1, 1970
    I've always been curious about blogging. I have a long Reader queue every day, and wanted to find a way to reclaim my writing talents from 1996. This was a good book to illustrate the basic mechanics of blogging, give some ideas from current crafty bloggers, and mix in a little pep talk. I'm taking it slowly through the book. Once I've been blogging for awhile, I'll concern myself with the last section, on increasing traffic and getting tricksy with the code.
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  • Lissa
    January 1, 1970
    An interesting book for anyone wanting to set up a blog to highlight their crafting or photography endeavors. The book is interesting, well-written and visually appealing, and I enjoyed exploring the blog sites that were highlighted throughout the book. Unfortunately, it's the sort of book that's out of date before it's published; many of the blog sites are no longer valid. And sadly, the author no longer has a blog of her own. Still, I recommend the book.
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  • Wendy
    January 1, 1970
    Somewhat disappointed in this book - I love eye candy. I found this book to be totally lacking that piece. In my mind, if I want to be drawn to "bliss through blogging" I would need to see amazing, brilliant, huge and numerous examples of treats for my eye. Not so with this book. Because of that lack I was not inspired to even spend much time with the words. There was not enough inspiration to even prompt me to look online for the blogs presented.
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  • Relyn
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this book. It was fun to come across blogs I've known and love, but even better to discover new ones. The tips and helps didn't apply very much to me as I have been blogging for a while and learned them the hard way. It would have been terrific to have this when I was first starting out with my blog, though. Basically, if you have a blog or read blogs, you're gonna want to read this book.
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  • Michelle Mach
    January 1, 1970
    An inspiring, helpful read for anyone who has ever thought about starting a blog. I especially liked the first chapter, which explains *why* you might want to blog, a topic that often is overlooked. My full review.
  • Whitney Marshall
    January 1, 1970
    Tara Frey is a professional blogger and business owner with the computer savvy know-how to competently teach anyone on any level. From the basics of blogging to more advanced, Tara teaches techniques that could set your blog a step above the rest, and uses plenty of pictures and pretty colors to hold the attention of any distraction-impaired audience. 5/5
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    I really liked the way the author approached this topic. I like the idea of blogging, but not in the "I need to sell or make money on this blog" trend that seems to over take most of the books I've read on this topic.It had really good resources that I made note of, and will investigate later. Glad I checked this one out.
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  • Amber
    January 1, 1970
    This book goes through the steps to set up a creative blog. It gives you a rundown of a few of the more popular hosts, pros and cons to each, and how to go about getting a readership. This book is fun to look at, but if you are not a novice to the blogging world, you may be disappointed.
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  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    I think this book was a good introduction to blogging. There was a comparison of the 3 major blogging platforms and it covered blogging etiquette. I also enjoyed that the author shared other well known creative blogs and their thoughts about blogging. Now I have some new blogs to read as well.
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  • Kathy
    January 1, 1970
    Perhaps I should have read the entire title before picking up this book. Online Journal is what caught my eye... However if I kept reading I would have see: A Guide for Crafters, Artits and Creatives... That is not me!I skimmed through this book but found very little that applied to me.
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  • Carlie
    January 1, 1970
    Wonderful book. Just what I was hoping it would be. I feel totally inspired to really make my blog what I want it to be and not just limp along existing. I can't wait to peruse the lists of blogs she cites and try out all the tricks and ideas she gives.
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  • Just - The romance reader
    January 1, 1970
    Full of wonderful photos and great tips and ideas to improve your blog if you are an artist or crafter of any kind.I will be using this book to try to turn my craft blog & etsy shop into something not only fun for me but atleast a little profitable.
  • Meryl
    January 1, 1970
    The technical parts of this book are targeted at the extreme newbie, but even people who have been blogging for awhile will enjoy specific blogs that are featured. It's like a "who's who" of crafty blogs.
  • Lori Anderson
    January 1, 1970
    Perfect book for the new blogger.
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