What I am reading now: The Million Dollar Blog

The Million Dollar Blog: the provocative and motivating book that will put “being a blogger” on your wish list

After all, do not all blogger tell you that blogging is all about passion? It’s not the money, it’s not the freebies, it’s not the fame nor the free travel… but if it makes money we are all happier!

Natasha Courtenay-Smith does a great job at diving deep into the world of blogging and she does it in a very dynamic way, entertaining and never boring.

I picked up the book at the airport on the way back from my summer holiday to Bali (which actually is one of the main hub of the blogging lifestyle). The Million Dollar Blog did something no one else ever managed to do: I wanted to be off that plane as soon as possible to start taking pictures, editing and writing my blog. And I never wish to get off a plane.

Natasha Courtenay-Smith: you really have killed it with this book! It is incredible.

The best quality of the book is that the author keeps it real and relatable.

The Million Dollar Blog does not simply praise award winning blogs and their authors: she place them in a time and a place, by the end of the book you know when and how every single blog mentioned started out, from scratch, like any other blog. This is, in my opinion, what makes it relatable, it shows anyone can do it.

More often than not, in fact, people are drawn to blog, Instagram or Facebook pages, Pinterest images which give a distorted reality of what blogging is actually like: most people (included me) believe that blogging is this fairytale life where to get it right means “dress pretty, take great picture of food from above and spend hours on board planes on route to amazing destinations FOR FREE”. I know this is only the tip of the iceberg.

The Million Dollar Blog is good at keeping it real in the way that is not just telling the story of successful blogs, but it helps you on the way to start your own, which sets the book apart from those boring demotivating technical “how to build a blog” books. You get the idea that everyone has to go through the steps of buying a domain and choosing a hosting, choosing or creating a theme and starting with the first post. Then from there it explains about advertising, branding, social media tools, solving problems… a great book, in all its aspects!

Thank you Natasha!

Once I have finished reading it, I will get back to you with the 10 most important things I have learnt from this book!

Love, Valentina



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