10.04.2011

Book Rhi-View: The Digital Mom Handbook

The Digital Mom Handbook: How to Blog, Vlog, Tweet, and Facebook Your Way to a Dream Career at Home by Audrey Mcclelland and Colleen Padilla
Blogging Resources
Paperback $15.99 (256 pages, HARPER)
Ebook $9.99
From the founders of ClassyMommy.com and MomGenerations.com comes the ultimate guide to helping moms build successful careers at home by doing what they already do online—just better. To work or not to work—it’s the toughest question for most mothers today. But Audrey McClelland and Colleen Padilla have found the coveted “middle ground,” creating successful careers from home via the Internet. They’ve literally Skyped, blogged, vlogged, tweeted, and Facebooked their way to the top—and in this eye-opening book they show other moms how to find success through these seven basic steps: 1. Find your passion. 2. Hang a digital “shingle” and start typing. 3. Find your tribe. 4. Make opportunity knock and learn how to answer that door. 5. Manage the Benjamins. 6. Don’t forget the children! 7. Live happily ever after by living your values.
Book Site: digitalmomhandbook.com

Valuable Information for Moms Who Blog (4 stars)

I know this is quite a bit off-topic from what I blog about but when I had the option of reviewing it I felt like it was something I might want to check out.

Mommy-Blogging—as in blogs by moms about mom topics for moms—is the central focus of the book so at times it can feel a little outside the areas of expertise that moms-who-blog about other topics (ie. couponing, books, photography) might need. But for the most part the info here is actually very helpful to anyone thinking of starting a blog (or doing etsy or starting a TTC forum, etc.) because much of it is universal no matter what your central topic is. Depending on what areas you're needing some insight on you'll find hints at the very least. If you're in need of tips and trick for social media that is one large focus of the book as well as how to make money (or basically don't expect to make millions).

Realistic and pretty straight-forward I was pleased to see that the one are I was concerned would take a back seat didn't... how to balance being a mom to your kids AND still have time for blogging. Every mom is different and the authors have several sections where other moms-who-blog give some information about their experiences.

If you've been considering starting a blog and have no idea how to go about it or where to start this book would truly work for any woman (with kids or not) who wants some girl-friendly advice. Having now been blogging for over three years I can say with confidence that most of the info within this tome is spot on or can be adapted to book bloggers as well. I took away several things I want to put to good use and am really glad I waded through the Mommy-Blogging stuff to see if I couldn't find some kernels of wisdom I could apply to both my book blog and product reviewing blog.

Overall, I think this is a great place for a newbie to gage what they want from their blogging or someone like myself with several years of experience to considering the next level (ie. vlogging). Worth every cent!

Notes: ARC received via NetGalley. Cross-posted to my other blog.

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