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Want to break into blogging but don’t know where to start? Dynamic duo Joelle Reeder and Katherine Scoleri of The Moxie GirlsTM
show you how to start your first blog, polish your prose, get involved in blogging communities, make sense of RSS feeds, podcasts, photos and more — all with fun, humor and attitude!
Inside you will find the need-to-know info to get your blog noticed: How to choose the right blogging platform or content management tool, select a web host, dress up your blog, manage blog content and keep your privates private! When you are ready for more, The Moxie Girls will treat you to insider dish on blog etiquette, analyzing blog traffic, blogging for business, creating podcasts and adding bling to your blog with plugins, add-ons and more. Throw in the refreshing cocktails, beauty tips and gossip with the Girls at the end of each chapter and you’ll be Blogging with Moxie in no time. So, what are you waiting for?
The IT Girl’s Guide to Blogging With Moxie is packed with the content you need wrapped in casual, engaging dialog and a cheeky, bite-sized format.
- Bargain-blogging with tools such as WordPress®, TypePad®, and Vox
- Choosing a content management system like Expression Engine or Movable Type
- Managing blog content, using tags and moderating comments
- Selecting a professional designer and choosing from off-the-rack templates
- An introduction to podcasting and videocasting
- Finding, joining and managing blog communities
- Protecting your online identity
- Using a blog to better your business
The IT Girl’ s Guides are the antidote to blah technical references that can poison women’ s enthusiasm for technology topics. Humorous expository text mixed with detailed exercises, real-world examples, relevant stories, and FAQs capitalizes on the initial attraction to draw in even casual readers.
As the first-ever woman-focused technical reference, IT Girl’ s Guides incorporate the latest thinking about how women learn. The emphasis on authentic author voice invites empathy and encourages readers to see themselves in the text. Such self-identification is reinforced and enhanced by the presentation of other women’ s stories, challenges, and successes through engaging chapter elements and representations of real women.
This abundance of personality provides multiple entry points for readers and addresses the audience’ s various approaches to learning. Like the women it aims to serve, the IT Girl’ s Guides series multitasks through the subject matter, covers lots of ground, and avoids the pitfall of boredom.
In three distinct parts, The It Girl's Guide to Blogging helps readers Learn the technology skills needed to create a blog, Live with the technology (maintain their Web sites, bring in advanced features like RSS, add in podcasts and photos, and manage personal versus work-related blogs), and Love their new hobby: designing awe-inspiring pages that grab readers eyes, creating their own branded Web site, and writing and sydicating content readers really want.
Readers are introduced to the technology skills needed to create a blog, including how to include RSS, add podcasts and photos, manage personal versus work-related blogs, and brand their sites with their own stylish customized skins Along with maintaining Web sites and creating awesome designs, readers discover how to write and syndicate content that gets a response in the blogosphere Women make up 510f Internet users and 460f bloggers; the community at blogher.org, a popular site for female bloggers, boasts over 5,600 members
It's a sassy, brassy technology guide written by women for women with a practical twist. Dynamic duo Joelle Reeder and Katherine Scoleri put you on the fast track to creating your own blog, polishing your prose, accessorizing with podcasts and photos—and that's just for starters! You'll find chats with famous female bloggers, tips on how to promote your blog, and loads of information on the geeky basics for beginners, all wrapped in hip dialogue.
Start your own A-list blog with this hip how-to
It's a sassy, brassy technology guide — written by women for women — with a practical twist. Dynamic duo Joelle Reeder and Katherine Scoleri put you on the fast track to creating your own blog, polishing your prose, accessorizing with podcasts and photos — and that's just for starters! You'll find chats with famous female bloggers, tips on how to promote your blog, and loads of information on the geeky basics for beginners — all wrapped in hip dialogue.
Champagne punch, anyone?
Watch for fun, stress-reducing ideas sprinkled throughout the book, such as the best lotions for busily blogging hands, refreshing recipes, and great ideas for cocktails!
- Break into blogging without breaking a nail
Find out what's hot, including mommy, gossip, and knitting blogs
Add a blog to your business website and strut your stuff
Bargain-blog with tools such as WordPress®, TypePad®, LiveJournal, and Vox
Get techy and talk trademarks, avatars, RSS feeds, and much more
Blog in high style with photos, podcasts, and off-the-rack templates
About the Author
Joelle Reeder and Katherine Scoleri are the web design duo and martini mavens known as The Moxie Girls. Together they have designed hundreds of popular blogs and websites and individually have worked with such diverse clients as Yahoo!, Oh! The Oxygen Network, and Sony. Their own blogs as well as their design work have garnered accolades on national radio and in print publications. The Moxie Girls also speak on blogging and design at conferences such as SXSW Interactive.
Table of Contents
PART I: Learn IT.
Chapter 1: Blogging Basics: Break into Blogging without Breaking a Nail.
Chapter 2: Hot Topics: Become Part of the Buzz.12
Chapter 3: Group/Community Blogging: Playing Well with Others.
Chapter 4: Business and Blogging: Putting Your Talents to Use.
PART II: Live IT.
Chapter 5: Blogging Tools: Bargain Blogging Out of the Box.
Chapter 6: Hosting Your Own Website: You Say Who, When, and How Much!
Chapter 7: Dressing Up Your New Blog: Feel Pretty, Oh So Pretty!
Chapter 8: Your Online Identity: Like Finding Your Signature Red Lipstick.
Chapter 9: Comments and Trackbacks: Like Champagne, Conversation Is Best Kept Flowing.
Chapter 10: Tags and Tagging: Your Tag Is Showing.
Chapter 11: RSS, Atom, and XML: Feed Your Blog Addiction.
Chapter 12: Photos and Photoblogging: Be Part of the Paparazzi.
Chapter 13: Podcasts Killed the Radio Star!
PART III: Love IT.
Chapter 14: Privacy and Protection: Be Mysterious!
Chapter 15: Popularity and Etiquette: Be the Belle of the Blogs.
Chapter 16: Traffic: Throw a Blogging Block Party.
Chapter 17: Blog Advertising: Support Your Nonfat Vanilla Latte Habit.
Chapter 18: Blog Frosting: Make Your Blog Sparkle with a Little Bling.
Epilogue: See You in the Blogosphere!