How do you draw your community to your blog while growing your network and establishing your expertise?Blog events.They're not just for hobby bloggers--they'll help your business too.And Blog Events provides a framework for setting up your own successful event.You'll cover why blog events are beneficial to you, how to define your event's purpose, what to consider when deciHow do you draw your community to your blog while growing your network and establishing your expertise?Blog events.They're not just for hobby bloggers--they'll help your business too.And Blog Events provides a framework for setting up your own successful event.You'll cover why blog events are beneficial to you, how to define your event's purpose, what to consider when deciding on particulars, tricks for developing an effective marketing plan, how to tackle systems and responsibilities, and how to deal with the wrap-up.Blog Events also has a special bonus section, filled with the secrets of a veteran blog event host--from what makes an event successful to tips that'll help keep your sanity intact. Because you can never be too prepared.Approximately 34 pages....
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blog events the secret to engaging your community growing your network and establishing your expertise Reviews
Disclaimer: I know Amanda as a fellow reader and book blogger in addition to being an author. That said, my review is completely my honest and unbiased opinion of this book.Why I Read this Book: I love learning and if I can learn something based on someone else's own experience, trials, and tribulations, all the better. What I Liked: Blog Events is a great reference guide. When I first read this ebook, I thought it was good information to file away for use at a later time. When I re-read this book during the plotting phase of my Write On review-a-thon event, it proved to be an immensely helpful resource for me. And while I still have kinks to work out with my event, this book gave me a great starting advantage. It’s a quick enough read that I was able to get the information I needed without any fluff added. Plus there’s an added bonus that comes with this ebook: a downloadable PDF that recaps the main points from each section in the book; like a checklist of sorts. I felt prepared, organized, and ready to host my blog event thanks to this book.Amanda not only talks about the reasons to host a blog event, she also talks about what is in it for you and your audience. I also liked the "what we covered" recaps at the end of each section. This book is a great resource to have readily available. There were lots of good tips and tricks, things that make sense but I may not have thought of at first myself. There's a lot to gain from Amanda's own experience, especially considering she has hosted the Bouts of Books read-a-thon 9 times now, with the most recent one having over 700 participants.What I Didn’t Like: I wish the book came with a little mini-Amanda so that I could pick her brain 24/7. A mini-Amanda would look great on my desk.Overall Impression: If you are planning a blog event, this book would be a great resource to have on hand. I think even someone who has previously hosted a blog event can benefit from this book as well. It's always nice to get a different perspective on how to do things. I know I am always looking for a better and/or simpler way to do things.I want to talk about the price of this book. This book is 34 pages long, which isn't really long at all. I've seen reference and 'how to' ebooks priced at $15 and above for 50 pages, which is too rich for my blood. So at $1.99, this book to me is a great deal. Yes, I was lucky enough to pick this book up as a free Kindle book but I would have gladly pay $1.99 for it.
This is my first read for my Blogging Better challenge this year and it was a nice easy start. This was a very short read, which I appreciated, with nice bulleted list summaries at the end of each chapter. A lot of the advice seemed obvious reading it, but I still felt as though this provided a very valuable framework for planning my own blogging events. I also think it would help me keep from forgetting things I know to do and it did include a few things I don't think about enough on my own, such as finding helpers or co-hosts and best practices for writing event descriptions. For the $3 the book is currently listed for, I think this includes enough new advice and useful reminders that it's well worth it.This review was originally posted on Doing Dewey
From the time I joined my first online read-a-thon I dreamed about hosting my own blog event. How hard could it be, right? It's actually a lot harder than you might think, but maybe it doesn't have to be if you go about it the right way. Enter Amanda Shofner with her new little tome Blog Events.Amanda is the co-host of Bout of Books, a 3 times yearly, week long online read-a-thon that engages between 400-500 participants. We just finished up Bout of Books 8.0, so yes, I'm one of those participants. I am reviewing this from the point of view of an event attendee who sees the polished end result, not the behind the scenes and I am always impressed with the professionalism and smoothness with which it seems to run. There are twitter chats, daily challenges and the overall feeling of a festival. I always come away feeling like I'm part of a community and looking forward to the next one, wishing it wasn't so far in the future. I call that successful, which is why when Amanda announced that she had released Blog Events I was eager to read it and find out her secrets.The beauty of this book is that you can apply it to any blog event, big or small, any purpose, hobby or business. While she uses Bout of Books as an example, those examples are easy to adjust to your own needs. Simply, she makes holding a blog event accessible to anyone by breaking it down into manageable parts and providing a checklist of things you need to consider to make your event successful without driving yourself crazy.Some key points I took away from this:*Define your purpose clearly, what are your participants gaining, and what are you gaining? Answering both of these questions is important to help the event stay focused and benefit both sides.*Stay organized and enlist reliable help.*Use your community to spread the word, make it easy for them and they'll do the work for you, generating more traffic through their own excitement over the event.I can see Blog Events becoming a treasured handbook to refer back to again and again before, during and after events. Yes, I'm a fan of Amanda and her Bout of Books co-host Kelly, so you might think I'm biased, but guess what? I'm a fan because of a successful event, so I think Amanda knows whereof she speaks!
Before I started reading this book, I naively thought that it wouldn’t pertain to me. I’ve been a blogger for a while, hosted some events, so what information could this book bring to me that I didn’t already know? However, when I started reading, I realized that I was nodding my head in agreement, writing down notes for things that I didn’t know, and frankly just enjoying the entire layout of the book, from the detailed chapters, to the brief recaps at the end (something I remember loving about textbooks in university). I may have known some of what Amanda was talking about, but it was nice to revisit those points, as well as learn something new in the process. Any blogger knows that ideas can come in an instant. Amanda shows you that with a little bit of planning, that idea can become something that benefits not only your blog, but your readers as well. Instead of immediately writing up a post based on that idea, why not take the time to really flesh it out to make it the best idea you can? Amanda gives readers and bloggers the ENTIRE process one should go through to create an event, from the first sparks of an idea to the wrap up at the conclusion of the event. This book goes through the entire process of running a blog event with critical details bloggers might overlook. I appreciated that it wasn’t dense, was easy to read and understand, and had examples to illustrate certain points. This is definitely a worthwhile read for any blogger who wishes to host his or her own blog events in the future. I obtained a copy of this for free from Amazon.com on August 22, 2013.Read more reviews on my blog, Reading In Winter:
Although short (which isn't a bad thing), this book was packed with so much helpful information! I loved that it was easy to understand and thorough so that I didn't get confused with anything. All the facts were to the point and direct, so there wasn't a loop of words just to get to what was important.The end of each chapter has a recap in point form, which was awesome. There were also links that I could click on with my reader to take me to any important websites which was pretty cool.I'm really glad that I read this, and in all honesty it has me pumped and wanting to host an event on my own! i just need to plan out what I want to do. If you're a blogger and want to host an event or you just want to know more of what goes behind making one, definitely check this book out!
I've been involved with two Bout of Books so from a participant's perspective they were successful events. It's a great fast read filled with some really helpful information. Who better to learn about blog events? I really liked it so I give it four out of five stars.
Amanda offers clear advice on how to organize and manage a blog event from the ground up. Her background in some successful blog events was inspiring to read about and loved the nuggets of actionable information she gave at the end of each chapter!