5 Books About Blogging that You Should be Reading


Sometimes I pretend to be one of those bloggers who doesn’t take it all that seriously. I try not to. But I love blogging. And so, when I’m not blogging I love to read about blogging. I’m constantly striving to be better.

At any given time you can find about 20 samples of blogging or writing related books on my Kindle. Today I wanted to share with you a few that I’ve actually purchased and loved.

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1. Blog, Inc.: Blogging for Passion, Profit, and to Create Community by Joy Deangdeelert Cho

If you’ve been blogging for any amount of time, skip the first chapter. If you’re like me, you didn’t even think about starting a blog and until you started one. Blogs aren’t the kind of thing you read up on before you jump right in.

The book is interspersed with interviews with the biggest bloggers about their own experiences blogging. It was super interesting to read what Love Taza and Emily from Cupcakes and Cashmere had to say about how they got started and the logistics of managing their blogs today.

Blog Inc

The most helpful chapter is probably Chapter 4: Blogging Community Etiquette. This isn’t just basic stuff like, don’t leave a comment like “follow me and I’ll follow you back” with your link (don’t do it, just don’t). It goes further and covers blog conferences, social media, and contributing to the community as a whole.

2. How to Write Great Blog Posts that Engage Readers by Steve Scott

This book is all about the logistics of a great blog post. It’s not just what you write about, it’s how it is written. I loved the chapter called “12 Elements of Engaging Blog Posts.”The author walks you through how to hook the reader, ensure the post flows, and that the formatting is pleasing to readers. A must read.

3. Sticky Readers: How to Attract a Loyal Blog Audience by Writing More Better by Margaret Andrews

This book was my favorite to read because it is written in a casual style and feels like you’re reading a long but super helpful blog post. Some of the advice is common sense if you’ve been blogging for some time but she does a good job of making you aware of the little things you are doing that could be a turn off to readers. My favorite tip? Sell it and Don’t Apologize. Not everyone will like you, and that’s a-okay.

Sticky Readers
4. 101 Blogging Tips: How to Create a Blog That People Will Find, Read, and Share by Tristan Higbee

The first few tips you read from this book, you’ll probably think, “um, duh,” and then you’ll worry you wasted your money to read stuff like “respond to blog comments.” But honestly, some of the tips sound like common sense but when he explains why you should or shouldn’t do something, it really clicks. Once you read this, you’ll find that you notice silly things that you were doing wrong that some of the biggest bloggers are doing wrong too.

5. 100 Shareable Blog Post Ideas: Easy to Write, Easy to Share by Sean Platt

This book is a quick read. The book is divided up into post ideas in a common theme such as “10 Posts that Will Grab Major Attention” and “16 Blog Post Ideas the Other Guys Aren’t Doing.” Keep a notepad handy because when you’re done with this book, you’ll have tons of ideas.

100 Shareable Blog Post Ideas
If you love blogging as much as I do, check out some of the books above and let me know what you think.

Do you have any others books you would suggest? I’m always looking for my next read!

  • I’ve read half this list off of your recommendations already. I will call you soon!!!

  • Blog Inc is awesome. I am lusting over it!

  • I’ve never read Blog Inc mainly because I think I was already aware of most the topics covered since I had experience before starting my blog. However, the points you brought up seem interesting to re-read and I can always enjoy someone else’s point of view!

  • I always love your blog posts. You are a rock star!

  • This post is SO helpful! Thanks for sharing. I’m going to Pin the books and start reading up!

  • Thanks for sharing these reads, if anything I love to hear other perspectives 😉
    xo- Kaara

  • So excited to check out some of these – I love your blog so whatever advice you’ve taken must be working!

  • I need to get that 2nd book, asap. And for the record – you always have very engaging posts!

  • Nice list. I can’t decide if I want to laugh or cringe at “writing more better…”

  • Love this list! I am pretty new to blogging (about 2ish months) and am always so paranoid I am doing things wrong and breaking blogging etiquette. OH GOD AM I DOING IT NOW???

    Definitely going to check out these books and following you on Bloglovin!


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  • here from olive and ivy! as a new blogger this post is super helpful, thanks 🙂

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  • I read (and enjoyed) Blog Inc., but I haven’t read any of the other ones. I’ll have to pick a few up!

  • I love blogging and I love blogging for fun, but I’ve reached the point where I do need to take it a bit more seriously – so thank you for these suggestions!

  • This is a great post for new bloggers! Thanks! I loved the ebook called Blog Wonderful by Dana Fox. That was really helpful for me.

  • I really want to read Blog, Inc. It looks really interesting and informative!

  • Very helpful! How dumb is this–I love to read but until I saw this post I never even thought about browsing for BOOKS on blogging. Thanks woman!

  • Great suggestions! It’s so cool that blogging is so big now that people are actually writing books about it. I even saw a social media degree being offered online – crazy! Thanks for the reviews.

  • This is awesome!! I am buying these on my kindle iediately. I love reading blogs about blogging, so obviously I need to read some books about blogging. Thanks for the recommendations!!

  • This is great! Downloading a few of these immediately!

  • Ohh, some are free with prime and kindle! Thanks for sharing, these look very interesting.

  • great post. I just started reading blog, inc. Now I want to check some of the other ones out too. There’s always more to learn!
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  • These are great suggestions, thanks! I am downloading a few of these tonight!
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  • I have been debating on picking up that first book. i love to read. and i love to blog. maybe i should check it out! looks worth it according to your review 🙂

  • thanks for this list. i just bought all 5 books. it’s my birthday present to myself 😀

  • Thanks for sharing! I’m coming from Olive & Ivy too!

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  • I’ve read ‘Blog Inc.’ as well, and it was a great read. I also read ‘Blogging for Dummies’, but that was really more factual than a fun read.
    I tend to read more ‘Blogging’ posts form blogs, rather than books, but I love reading about how to make blogging better.

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  • I’m just getting started in the “blog game” and this list is SO helpful! I was just about to head to good ole Barnes and Noble and will definitely check these out! Many thanks!

    I’m also a new reader to your blog….it’s very cute. Love Archie!

  • I may or may not head straight to the nearest bookstore to buy all of these books. Thanks for the recommendations! I’m excited to read these.

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  • I had 4 of the five flagged on Amazon. Probably should have read them when I first started my blog, but color me reassured regardless. xo

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  • Blog Inc is waiting for me at the library right now, looks like I’ll have to find the other ones too!

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  • Hi Nadine

    Thank you for sharing this amazing list of blogging books. I shall definitely check them out. The two that have made an extremely positive impression on me as a writer have been:

    a. You Are a Writer: So Start Acting Like One, by Jeff Goins: http://www.amazon.com/You-Writer-Start-Acting-Like-ebook/dp/B007YJEIAS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1396279711&sr=8-1&keywords=you+are+a+writer+so+start+acting+like+one

    b. On Becoming a Writer: What Every Blogger Needs to Know, by Denise Hughes: http://www.amazon.com/Becoming-Writer-Every-Blogger-Needs-ebook/dp/B00BVOV486/ref=sr_1_8?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1396279742&sr=1-8&keywords=what+every+writer+needs+to+know

    Highly recommended and EASY reads 🙂

    Thank you again,

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  • I am absolutely checking these books out tonight! I’ve been looking for some good blogging tips and books, so thanks for the suggestions!
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  • I just bought Blog Inc. & I’m super excited to read it!

  • I love reading in general and now that I started my own blog recently, I will definitely check some of these out! I’ve seen a bunch of courses you can take but I’d rather learn on my own. Thanks for sharing sources that I can pick up and read on my own time.

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  • Mia

    I’m a newbie so I’m excited to look at some of these! Adding to my must read list as well! Thanks for the list!

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