Creative Arts Book of the Week 12/03/15

Blogging for creatives: how designers, artists, crafters and writers can blog to make contacts, win business and build successBlogging for creatives: how designers, artists, crafters and writers can blog to make contacts, win business and build success

With all the graduate employment initiatives from Purple Door and the Innovation Space Portsmouth’s economy seems to be flourishing.

There are more local graduates and undergraduates looking to set up their own business (there were over 500,000 UK small business startups in 2013) so it seems fitting we should be helping our students achieve their goals by purchasing appropriate library resources.

I was recently set the task of building up a Creative Arts employability and enterprise collection so books are gradually making their way from the suppliers to the library.  More books on crowd funding and social enterprise are on their way, also books on generating business from social media sites. All these books can be used by students across faculties who want to start or develop their own business.

Today I am going to review Blogging for creatives  by Robin Houghton which is the first non-techie guide to the blogosphere, complete with tips, tricks and motivational stories from artistic bloggers who have started from scratch. It covers everything that Creative Arts students need to know about how to design a beautiful, interesting blog that people will want to revisit, such as how to design, publish and host a blog, as well as keeping it fresh, staying motivated and forging connections with others in the field. Professional advice is illustrated with examples of successful blogs, broken down into concise types, helping the reader to identify and develop the style of blog they want.  This book is great for beginners and has excellent visual presentations on how blogging works. It’s not just about writing posts and comments.  Blogging can incorporate photos, podcasts and webcasts.  You can link your blog to other social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr.  And it shows you how to create eye-catching blogs using colour and typography. If you would like to borrow this book there are two copies available.

If you are interested in ‘Blogging for Creatives’, you might be interested in this which will be available soon:

Create your own online store in a weekend: using WordPress and other easy tools‘ by Alannah Moore.

Lots more similar new books coming your way so just keep checking the catalogue using appropriate keywords.

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