I’ve been a fan of John Biggs Gadget Reviews on TechCrunch for sometime and when I heard John was writing Bloggers Boot camp with Charlie White I immediately made a mental note of it because I wanted to be one of the first people to read it. Charlie White much like John Biggs is also a Tech Blogger and also is Senior Editor at Mashable.
I must admit that I’m often skeptical about books that aim to teach the masses how to be a successful blogger because in all honestly a lot of the ideas presented are rehashed from other books but in this case I was amazed by the quality of Bloggers Boot camp.
The visuals and content were up to date and relevant in every aspect. John Biggs and Charlie White do excellent justice in their book by presenting topics that previous blogging books have lacked such as talking about doing reviews of gadgets and how to interact with the PR Firms. Further they discuss things such as disclosure and blogger ethics.
“There are exceptions to this quandary of hanging on to review units. Many times there are updates, bug fixes and modifications applied to products. For example Logitech sent us its Revue Google TV set-top box, which we promptly reviewed. As product development continues, the continually updates its operating system, adds applications to it, and generally improves upon its usability. We want to write about these incremental improvements to this important device, so we’re holding onto the review unit, and Logitech isn’t asking for it back anytime soon.”
One thing that also intrigued me about Bloggers Boot camp is that it also addressed topics such as being a healthy blogger which is something that has surely never been really covered in print or even on a blog to my knowledge.
“Everyone is different, but you won’t be able to stay up all night like you in college for the rest of your life. I’ve notice I get noticeably grouchy and space when I haven’t gotten enough sleep, so I make it a point to get at least 7 hours every night.”
In conclusion I want to point out that the content in Bloggers Boot camp matches up nicely with the title because it really is a “Boot camp” in print with an entire regimen and set of training that will take your blogging to the professional level. I encourage anyone who is looking into being a successful blogger to pickup a copy of this book and don’t just read it but take notes and study it then work towards implementing the ideas and topics into your blogging.
My hat is off to John Biggs and Charlie White for without any doubt writing my new favorite book on blogging. Bloggers Boot camp is published by Focal Press and is 224 pages available in Paperback for sale right now on Amazon for $17.97 or at your local bookstore.