There are tons of books on blogging but they are usually geared toward business blogs. When you're a personal blogger, these "resources" can provoke more frustration than answers. Sticky Readers is a personal bloggers must have. Andrews outlines what bloggers must do to create well written blog posts and she does it with her customary sense of humor and wit! Even seasoned bloggers can benefit from her instruction. I particularly like Chapter 16: Quick Reference Check List (Before You Hit Publish) where Andrews neatly recaps the main points of her book. I plan to begin reviewing this list for each blog post I write until I have it memorized. If you're looking to improve your writing (blog posts or otherwise) Sticky Readers is a must have.
Sticky readers indeed!2011/6/19
Have you every laughed out loud (LOL for the kids) while reading a "how to" book? I doubt it. I did while reading Sticky Readers. Writing geeks will have flashbacks to their college classes and newbies to the world of blogging will learn some esoteric stuff without realizing it.
Margaret writes the book as though she is talking to you, guiding you through the wilds of the Internet. Her conversational style eases you into learning. It doesn't get in your face with lists and jargon all over the place. However, what she teaches you is the core of good content. It's the basic rules of writing told in a way that everyone should be able to understand and find entertaining.
Essential to learning, she uses examples of how to create good content. We've all heard about how "content is king", but until now, no blogger or social media maven ever seemed to be able to break it down into concise elements to show us what it should look like.
This is my favorite part from Sticky Readers: "Now, if you want friendly debatable comments then just say you like chocolate and leave the foreign intergalactic policy to other bloggers who can take the heat when Joe Neptune Hater makes a bunch of offensive comments about Andromedan stereotypes, calling anybody who disagrees with him many vulgar space dust names."
Margaret also attempts to dispel the myth about writer's block by reminding writers that inspiration really is what you want. She says that you have it even in the mundane if you just take a moment to notice.
Personally, I think this book is a great read for all writers, not just bloggers. It's a fairly quick read, but great to have around as a source of inspiration when you feel like you have fallen into a writing rut.
Blog Nanny 9112011/7/23
Writer's block? Stuck? No one reading your blog? On the verge of hitting the delete blog key? Feh! says Margaret Andrews. And before you go and trot out the "I don't have anything to write about" excuse be warned, she's not buying it. You have plenty, you're just not paying attention. Sticky Readers: How to Attract a Loyal Blog Audience by Writing More Better is a witty, helpful guide not only for bloggers but for anyone who must hold and sustain an audience's attention for more than a fraction of a second. Like a good friend who wants to get you out of a jam, Margaret's honest and funny guide gets right down to heart of the matter right away. You and uh, your writing. Following her advice will improve your blog content, you'll get unstuck and readers will stick around for more.
Inspiring, educational, and so darn funny!2012/1/2
OK, so how do you write a review of a book you absolutely loved, by a fantastic writer, knowing there is a chance she will read it? I felt like this book was written just for me. If you have ever had that experience, you would forego any qualms about what the author might think and pass it on to someone else who, I am sure, is going to feel Sticky Readers is written just for them.
Margaret Andrews' Sticky Readers, is packed with information and far from boring. I am excited. I learned so much with so little effort. My greatest pleasure was reading everything I personally needed to know. I read the first two pages and knew this book was one of those rare finds one vows to keep forever. When I find a "keeper book", I have a habit of penning my reactions to the author's words while I read. Along with a lot of aha's, I noted how Margaret's suggestions answered my questions and how her advice gave me a can-do attitude. And, she does so with unique, laugh out loud humor.
Excellent resource for how to write a better blog, good for both newbies and seasoned bloggers2011/7/5
Kathleen M. Frederick
I'm almost finished reading this ebook. It's excellent. Very easy to read, hilarious and most importantly, extremely useful. The author took care to cover tips she learned from years of blogging. I loved the chapter on how to beat writer's block. She challenges the reader that there's even such a thing as writers block. You're just not being observant enough. She gives a myriad examples of little things most bloggers would pass up talking about, but shows how with just the right spin, almost anything can make a great blog post.
Other helpful chapters: What tools to carry as a blogger, how to write the all-important opening sentence, how not to bore your readers to death by writing about things that don't have wide enough appeal, and pitfalls to avoid.