My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Over the past 5 months of reading this book – one little bite at a time – I have had a love/hate relationship with it. One minute I am loving this book, the next…not so much. Back in June I ran out and bought this book (translated: spontaneously downloaded to my kindle) after the rave reviews from my mastermind group friends. I dug in with eager anticipation and hunger to learn and grow from the thoughts of this experienced blogger. The whole focus of this book is creating, building, and maintaining your blog and/or social media platform. It’s about getting noticed in a world that is full of voices and is full of step-by-step tips for the beginner and seasoned blogger.
I liked the book for it’s short, blog-post-like-chapters that took some simple and technical issues alike and made them easy to tackle. It was quick and painless to read no matter what topic was being addressed. I also liked the breakdown of sections and chapters and how they stood alone for easy reading, application, and future reference. My dislike came into play with the self-promotion aspects of the book. While I know that there are things that need to be done from a business perspective, I still do not agree with everything that Hyatt says pertaining to a personal blogger. That being said, I still think there is much to be gained by reading this book. He certainly does a fabulous job at explaining how things work and arming you with links and resources to make application of his advice.
Next week I’ll be sharing the top 4 lessons I learned from reading this book. Join me Tuesday through Friday!