I read. A lot!
Not just blogs. Books, magazines, cartoons, newsletters, I devour them. It’s the maven in me. And, I’ve shared a few reviews here, but I figure, it’s time to start doing it a bit more regularly. So, this is the first of my every other Wednesday drive-by book-review series (with a little effort, I might even be able to keep it going past today).
Because, I’m busy, you’re busy, so rather than listing out the table of contents and picking apart everything that was said, my purpose is more to highlight:
- What the book is about,
- What makes it different, and
- Who needs to read it.
One other thing–I am not going to review books I didn’t like for two reasons.
One, I have a short attention span and can generally find better things to do than finish books that don’t grab me. Can’t write a review on a book half-read. And, two, why would you want to spend your time reading about something I am eventually going to tell you is not worth reading about? Seems a bit counterproductive to me.
Short and sweet. Let’s roll…
On tap today are two books (FYI – the links below are NOT affiliate links):
- Pro Blogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income by Darren Rowse and Chris Garrett
- Upgrade Your Life: The Lifehacker guide to working smarter, faster, better by Gina Trapani
What’s the book about? Blogging for bucks, plain and simple
What makes it different? No doubt, there is a lot of great information about starting, setting up and growing a blog, but what makes this book different from all others is it’s unique focus on blogging for income.
So, for example, when it talks about choosing a topic, the focus is not just on what you love, but on how to find and choose a niche that will allow you to position yourself to not only blog, but make money doing it. When it talks about the types of posts you can write, the focus is not only on what you are passionate about covering, but what readers most want to read and what is most likely to get passed around or go viral.
And, because it’s nearly impossible to monetize a blog, directly or indirectly, without traffic, it talks about marketing, from working relationships to social-media to link-bait. It has one of the most detailed marketing and promotion sections I’ve found in book format.
Who needs to read it? Anyone who is looking to create or grow an existing blog with the intent of eventually deriving income from it.
What’s the book about? Tapping technology to make your life easier.
What makes it different? This is Gina’s second book and what makes it so different than anything else ot there are two things. The information and the format.
Gina is the head-honcho, super-deluxe editor over at Lifehacker.com, a blog that churns out an insane volume of daily tips on everything from controlling your e-mail to getting fit for summer or screen-shotting your Mac (loved that one).
This book condenses down 116 of the most useful tech and productivy-oriented “hacks” into a single, convenient volume. Each item is a quick read, delivers precise instructions and, most importantly, solves a problem that’ll give you back yet another sliver of your life. It’s like a best of Lifehacker desk-reference.
A quick final word on the content. Part of what you are buying here is convenience. Could you visit the website and search for articles on the topics in the book? Sure. But, you’d likely pull up dozens of posts to wade through for each topic. Upgrade Your Life delivers a discrete set of high bang-for-the-buck hacks in a portable, convenient book format. So, I can throw it in my backpack and read it in bursts or keep it on my desktop and use it when needed. To me, the convenience and portability is worth the time and money.
Who needs to read it? Anyone who is interested in getting things done faster, easier and making more time to play.
So, that’s the end of my first set of drive-by book reviews, hope you enjoyed. If you have a book you’d like me to consider for review, please e-mail at jonathan [at] jonathanfields [dot] com. Please do not send me any unsolicited stuff, before talking with me.
So, what do you guys think? Have you read either book? Share your voice…
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