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It's September! The nights are turning a bit more crisp (well, everywhere but here in New Orleans), and the leaves will soon turn. Football season just began, and we're gearing up to do our autumn shopping. Even though most schools (even college!) start in August nowadays (crazy!), September will always the start of the school year for me.
What better way to get geared up for the holidays, sale season, and Fashion Week, then getting assigned your “Back to School” reading! I've reached out to our IFB contributors to find out what books they've found essential while blogging, and tailored your reading list to how long you've been blogging!
New to blogging? Think of this as the essential beginner's reading for bloggers. Just likely you (likely) read Romeo & Juliet before Hamlet, think of these as the tools to teach you the basics and make blogging a bit easier.
- Problogger's Guide to Your First Week Blogging by Darren Rowse. A great resource for those literally in the first weeks of blogging; you can read the IFB review here. Problogger is another amazing resource for your blogging education – bookmark it!
- Social Media for Dummies by Jan Zimmerman. Social media & marketing your blog can be really overwhelming! Jennine shared that she loved this book, and in general, the “For Dummies” series are really well put together. Not ready to invest the cash? See if your library has a copy to borrow!
- The My.Copyblogger Marketing Library. I came across this free series of eBooks recently, and the run the gamut of topics – from building newsletters to how to create compelling content. Copyblogger is a great resource, so bookmark it now!
You've got a year under your belt, but maybe you don't have the balls and confidence that your upperclassmen do. These books are designed to help you focus your blogging, develop your skills, and really focus on learning the craft.
- Fashion 2.0: Blogging Your Way to the Front Row by Yuli Ziv. Not surprisingly, 3 of our IFB contributors recommended this book. Yuli covers fashion blogging from the insider perspective (she's the founder of Style Coalition), and has amazing insight regardless of how long you've been blogging. For more details, you can read our review of it here!
- Problogger's 31 Days to Build a Better Blog by Darren Rowse. Over the years, a number of bloggers have come to us to share how this eBook impacted their sites for the better. For 31 Days, you're given a new task designed to help you focus, grow, and engage your site. I've used it multiple times over my years of blogging, and always find the challenges worthwhile! See the original IFB review for more information.
- The 4 Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris. Tim Ferris has made his living off creating a systematic way to do things– and working is no different. If you're one of the bloggers who is balancing a full-time job alongside blogging (and maybe more!), this is a great read to help you process and streamline your blogging.
- Trust Agents: Using the Web to Build Influence, Improve Reputation, and Earn Trust by Chris Brogan. Reader trust is our most valuable asset as a blogger, and two industry leaders share the way they do just that– while building their careers.
At this point, you're prepping. Prepping to go big or go home. You're eager about the opportunities that blogging has given you, but have your sights set on something else. Maybe it's a career in fashion PR, launching a massive website (ala Hello Giggles), or want to jump into consulting work. Consider this the time to learn a bit outside of your comfort zone.
- Ready to Launch: The PR Couture Guide to Fashion PR by Crosby Noricks. Our own Crosby, PR mastermind, shares her tips for making the most of moving into the Fashion PR world. An essential guide for those of you thinking of moving beyond blogging into a career in fashion.
- Problogger's Guide to Blogging for Your Business by Darren Rowse. Maybe at this point, you're working with brands freelance or full-time, or you've decided to offer some kind of service with your site – a store, styling consultations, or products. Our buds at Problogger share how to do just that– blog for your business.
- The Freelancer's Bible by Sara Horowitz. Jess swears by The Freelancer's Bible, which provides all the insight you need to writing for more than just your site! From how to find clients and how to set your fees, Horowitz's book covers all the essentials.
- Writing for the Fashion Business by Kristen Swanson. Julia recommended this book; as a lady who has been running her blog with multiple posts daily for years (as well as teaching at NYU), I'm gonna trust her opinion! Swanson's textbook is perfect for the blogger looking to move into writing for the fashion industry, whether for a newspaper or magazine, public relations, or online media.
Ahhh, senior year. It didn't matter if I was in high school or college– senior year was the best. It was the time that I had fulfilled my “mandatory credits” and could spend my time doing what I liked, learning what I liked, and really evolving my interests. Whenever I look back on the art I produced and the creativity I explored, they were always my most fruitful periods.
I like to think that maybe blogging is the same– by now we've gotten our understanding of the basics out of the way, and we can now grow, explore, and expand outside of blogging.
- Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg. Another book recommended by many of us – Sandberg's Lean In is essential reading for the blogger who treats her blog as a business and needs to evaluate the way she's interacting with brands, companies, and others in positions of power. It's a thoughtful, striking read, and whether you love it or hate it — you'll definitely learn something about life.
- The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron. And our last book that was recommended by multiple IFB contributors! Maybe you're stuck in a rut; maybe you're looking to explore new creative outlets, or need one outside of blogging. This 12-week workbook helps to push you past road blocks and build your creative confidence.
- The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp. Similar to The Artist's Way, Tharp shares the process of creativity, how to explore it, her own personal failures and triumphs, and the method of making creativity a habit. An inspiring read by an amazing contributor to the world of dance!
If you've had any experience with the books above, or any other has impacted the way you approach blogging, we'd love to hear about it in the comments!
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