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Off the Shelf Book Review by Contributing Editor Gina Smith: Blogging for Bliss by Tara Frey

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      What’s not to love about Blogging for Bliss by Tara Frey, (Lark Books, 2009, ISBN 978-1-60059-511-0, 156pp., $14.95) ? Not only does it feature our own Vintage Indie blog and creator and founder Gabreial Wyatt (p. 123), but it also features several dozen other eye candy blogs in a handy softcover square.

      Want to know how to start your own blog? It’s all there, whether you want to blog for fun or profit- from promoting your own business to accepting advertising on your blogs. Frey digs into all the major blog programs: Blogger, Typepad, Wordpress.

      She knows whereof she speaks, having had an on-line journal since 2004 and a popular virtual on-line shop, Bella Pink. He blog is known as Typing Out Loud or, . Frey may be familiar to some hard-copy readers, having been featured in Romantic Country Homes magazine and has been a contributing editor for Romantic Homes magazine where, among other things, she highlighted not-to-be-missed blogs.

      Calling blogs “the personal journals of the 21st century,” Frey takes her Bliss book readers on a journey of some of the most notable and widely-read blogs from around the country and around the world.

      I enjoyed the book simply for the introduction to blogs I had not seen before, and for the beautiful showing of blog banners, both new and familiar. If you want to find more favorite places with the same kind of sentiment as Vintage Indie, Bliss will serve as your handbook. Good thing it is softcover; I have it dog-eared already from checking out all the beautiful blogs she profiles. You’ll want to be at your computer while looking at this book! And keep it right there handy for future visits.

      Newbies will appreciate her helpful glossary of e-mystifying terms, like domain mapping, IP address and Icerocket;  links to helpful resources for bloggers, explanation of those cutesy abbreviations like OTOH and TAFN, and HTML, with simple codes for beginning bloggers.

      Bliss will also help you explore the various platforms in depth, choosing a home for your blog, and the all-important style, colors, widgets and fun blog accessories to achieve a personalized and custom look, even if you are not computer savvy.

      A big attraction of Frey’s blog has always been her photography. In her book she discusses how to take--and edit--blog-worthy photos, with a discussion of proper equipment as well as public photo-sharing and storage sites.

      Lastly, if you just want to understand more about the popular no-longer-just-a-phenomenon called blogging, Frey offers blog etiquette tips about comments, spam, and general manners for both bloggers and readers.

      It’s an indispensable little book for what we here at Vintage Indie think is an indispensable form of communication. Try it; you’ll like it. Blogging for Bliss, and blogging, whether as a reader or a writer, add much to the human language.

(All book images are from my personal purchased copy of Blogging for Bliss, Gabreial Wyatt)

- Contributing Editor Gina Smith aka Lilly*s of London*ish and Hunt and Peck started making jewelry about six years ago and has since tied this in with a love of vintage finds, Blythe, crochet and altered art in her etsy shop. Growing up in an antiquing family gives her a background and appreciation for all things vintage, especially dinnerware, jewelry and Americana advertising prints and products

{All contributed content Gina Smith © Lilly*s of London*ish}



Thanks for joining in the party! What fun we are having:) So fun to be in the book with you!!!

Eileen Paulin

Great review! Thanks so much.

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