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“Apparently it happens to most of us at some stage. You’re happily travelling through life, getting all the pragmatic stuff done while trying to hold on to one or two dreams when the stars align but then, to everyone’s surprise, including your own, you go to bed very late one night realising that you’ve become……a blogger.” – ‘Bloggers Unplugged, The Canberra Times, 10 April 2010.

Yes, it is true, I have finally realised after reading this recent article by Nigel Featherstone, that this has indeed happened to me too!

It is a strange hobby this blogging business, but appeals to the inner writer/social activist in me, which only emerges late at night when the dust has settled (literally at the moment with kitchen renovations in full swing).

Anyway thought I would share this quote as it tickled my fancy, particularly how things can creep up on you and then take over! A bit like reality television, which I think Nigel also mentioned as a case in point.

Happy blogging to all you other crazy late night writers out there and don’t stay up too late!

Being a novice blogger, I have spent some time trying to find useful resources to help develop my blog further.

Two books I have discovered have been Daniel Scocco’s Make Money Blogging and Tara Frey’s Blogging for Bliss.

‘Make Money Blogging’ has not led me to making money through my blog, but has provided me with helpful tips on improving it’s appearance and functionality. Given that it is available free through Scocco’s website, it is surprisingly comprehensive and thorough and has been a useful reference document, with relevant links and information. If making money isn’t your aim, don’t discount this e-book as there is a lot in it for the non-business minded blogger like myself.

blogging for bliss by Tara Frey

In contrast, ‘Blogging for Bliss’ is a more crafty approach to blogging, looking at lots of case studies of creative blogs and what makes them work. There are a lot more visuals in this one and it is more aimed at crafty, creative types. Quite inspirational, but also some practical information on the basics of setting up and designing a blog.

Both books have been useful, but have quite different focuses. Being able to access Scocco’s book free on the web is an added bonus, whereas Blogging for Bliss cost me $25 AUD at a bookstore.

Do you have any tips on best resources on blogging: books, websites or other?