Way back in February or March or maybe May, Autumn asked if I would share with you all what I’ve learned at the blogging conferences and seminars I’ve attended in the past year. Being generous and a giver in general, I said, “Of course I will!”
And then I promptly did not do any such thing.
Ohhhhhhh, I’m so sorry. My friends, I have a huge folder that won’t even close anymore, jam-packed with notes and handouts and presentation slides and ideas and rules. And I carry it with me, from home to work and back again, intending every single day (well, you know, most days) to write up a great summary of all the knowledge that has been dumped into my brain in the past several months.
But here we are. And still no post. [Insert big, guilt-ridden sigh here.]
By this point, I’m not even sure if anyone out there wants this information. And I’m not sure typing out my scribbled notes from a conference six months ago would help anyone. But just in case someone is still interested – and honestly, to alleviate my bloggy guilt – I’ve gathered up a bunch of great resources for improving your blog design, content and more.
Mommy Always Wins – Colleen writes great how-to posts for all sorts of bloggy design projects. She’s also helpful, hilarious and oh yeah, starting her own blog design company!
Musings of a Housewife – Jo-Lynne runs her own blog design company, but she shares her secrets every once in a while. Easy step-by-step tutorials that anyone can use.
Michael Hyatt – As CEO of the largest Christian publishing company, Mr. Hyatt is – of course – on my must-read list. But he writes about so much more than books! I have not found anyone else who writes posts that explain social media better, and I highly recommend checking out all his posts about blogging. Two recent posts are 13 Idea Starters for Stuck Bloggers and Focus on Blog Content Before Traffic.
ProBlogger – Darren Rowse is one of the few people out there actually making money by blogging full time. Even if that’s not your thing, he has great posts about how to blog well. Try 9 First Step Goals for New Bloggers, 13 Things I’ve Learned, and Warning: Do You Recognize These 21 Blogging Mistakes?
- CopyBlogger writes about the seven deadly sins of blogging.
- Darcy at Life with my 3 Boybarians is refreshingly honest about 10 Blogging Mistakes.
- Kevin & Amanda share tons of blog design tips, as well as tons and tons of free fonts.
- Sarah at Real Life Blog has a few tips about blog design, too.
- Nathan Bransford, a book agent, goes over the absolute basics of blogs right here.
Okay, what do you think? Am I leaving something out? Do you have any burning blog questions? I don’t know that I have answers to your burning questions, but I’d be happy to help you find them.