by Dr. D ~
By Susan Gunelius (Hoboken,NJ: Wiley Publishing, Inc., 2009, 362 pages)
The coming of this book is long overdue—a definitive manual on using Blogger. This is bound to become the essential book for those using the Blogger program whether one is starting out in the blogosphere or has been around a while. There is something for everyone in this volume—if you now use Blogger or intend to in the future.
The book is particularly helpful for those starting out giving detailed help on how to set up your Blogger blog. The writer also gives excellent advise in how to grow a blog and increase readership. I found some of her suggestions to be helpful even though I use WordPress for most of my blogs and have been around for close to four years now.
Even if you have been using Blogger for some time now I believe that the book is full of good information that would be useful for even intermediate bloggers. Ms. Gunelius give detailed info on where to find new Blogger Templates and the procedure for installing them on a Blogger blog. She also gives able advise for those who would like to make some money and monetize their blogs using not only Google’s AdSense but she has a survey of all the different options available.
She also goes into using all the different Google Gadgets and includes a section how to create and publish podcasts and video on Blogger. At the end of the book is a chapter on the “Ten common Blogger Problems and Possible Solutions”—this section might be worth the price of the book by itself if you have ever experienced any of the problems listed here. Also at the back is a very helpful Glossary which features most of the common internet and blogging terms that can be so confusing to those starting out.
Overall, an excellent book on Blogger but also on blogging itself. The initial price ($24.95 US) might be steep but well worth it in the long run.