I have enjoyed blogging so much on Allison Alexander‘s fabulous site, aMomKnowsBest, that I decided I would try it out it myself! I am a former teacher who absolutely loves reading, so I thought, why not make a blog geared towards reading? So, that’s what I’ve decided to do with my new blog MamaLuvsBooks!
Here is the outline for what I will be blogging about:
Mondays: Kids’ Book Reviews
Tuesdays: Tips and Advice for teaching kids to read
Wednesdays: Wordless Wednesdays (pictures posted related to reading/writing)
Thursdays: What’s Mom Reading? (reviews of parenting books, or just books moms like to read)
Fridays: Discussion Day (questions and answers, and the first Friday of each month will be our “Virtual Book Club”)
* “Virtual Book Club” will be a discussion on Twitter on the first Friday of each month from 8-9pm. We will talk via #hashtags that will be provided before the discussion. The books will be posted a month in advance (maybe sooner) so you will know what to read! It should be fun, and hopefully in the near future I can supply prizes during the discussion!
Now, how to blog……..
I wasn’t quite sure where to start, so I asked around a bit. I heard from most people that Blogger is a good place for a first blog. It’s kind of like a nice safe car for a first time driver. I started with following everything I needed to do in order to set-up the blog through Blogger. It was very step-by-step and easy to follow.
Next, I had to navigate around Blogger to find out how to do certain things; like post blogs, add gadgets (things listed on your sidebar), change the look of the blog (design), make a Twitter, Facebook and StumbleUpon button so people could connect to me there as well, and learn to check stats/views. This took a while to search around, but just play with the menu bar up top and you will learn a lot. The “help” section also answers a lot of questions.
I decided after that to purchase my domain (URL). This way I could make it what I wanted without the “blogspot” being in my URL. It was only $10 for the year to purchase the domain. Totally worth it, I think! It’s much easier for people to remember a shorter URL. Why do you think phone numbers are only 7 digits? Our brains can only hold so much information at one time.
The next things I learned that are important in blogging are to have a Twitter page with a handle set-up (one that relates to your blog), and also a Facebook page set-up to have people follow you. Not everyone has an account to be able to follow your blog through Google Friend Connect (GFC). Having the Facebook page to “Like” gives others the opportunity to follow you.
What I’m learning currently is Twitter etiquette (to make sure I don’t chase any followers away), meeting other bloggers on-line (blog hops are good ways to meet people and promote your blog), and using AdSense and Amazon Associates to possibly earn some money from doing my blog. That is set-up through Blogger as well and can give you money when people click on Ads on your page. I am still working on all of these!
In the meantime, I’m just going to write and have fun! My site was set-up because I LOVE books and reading, and sharing that love and any advice I can give people is my main goal.
If you want to follow my new blog, please check me out at: http://www.mamaluvsbooks.com, or you can find me on Twitter at http://twitter.com/MamaLuvsBooks, or Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MamaLuvsBooks
* I have a 100 Follower Giveaway going for people that “Like” my Facebook page, or follow me on my blog through Google Friend Connect! The winner will get a choice of a book from Usborne Books for Kids!
If you have any questions about setting up a blog, then please comment below and ask. Or if you are a blogger and have advice to share, then I would LOVE to hear it! I’m learning as I go! THANKS!!! And thank you Allison for getting me interested in blogging!!!