This is a guest post by Zoe Cohen and Cartez Augustus.
Blogging is a hard road, so reading about successful bloggers have been keeping me motivated. Its funny, since most blogs involve a fair amount of writing, you’d think more successful bloggers would naturally make the transition to writing books. But you might be surprised to hear that writing blog posts don’t always translate to full-length books as well as you might expect. That being said, bloggers are writers at the end of the day, and some of them manage to turn their successful blogs into bestsellers! We’re here to separate the wheat from the chaff for you so you know exactly which books are written by successful bloggers. This blog post features three successful bloggers that I’ve followed for years.
Okay, I admit, this may be cheating a little because although he’s so ubiquitous he’s nearly a household name. Even other successful bloggers look up to Tim! So, I don’t necessarily have just one book to recommend from the author, blogger, investor, podcaster, and serial entrepreneur Tim Ferriss.
You may have heard of him from his podcast “The Tim Ferriss Show,” which as of last year had over 80 million downloads. Or maybe you’ve caught episodes of his short-lived tv show The Tim Ferriss Experiment. However you may know him, you know that he is a serial self-experimenter and relentless pursuer of productivity and results at all costs.
While some may view these (sometimes) reckless and extreme experiments as dangerous or a waste of time, Ferriss views them as opportunities to try out something that might actually work and learn from the results. Through years of self-experimentation, he has discovered which practices are actually useful and which are just common misconceptions. Luckily for the less adventurous and less dedicated reader, he has distilled his findings into short, digestible, to-the-point books that have taken the world by storm.
His first book The 4-Hour Workweek helps readers to break out of the traditional 9-5, grueling work lifestyle and teaches them how to get by working only 4 hours each week. This was the start of a theme with him as he proceeded to publish The 4-Hour Body and The 4-Hour Chef, both books further helping readers to “hack” their lives and reach their goals with minimum effort and maximum efficiency. Though he has gone on to produce more books, these initial three are what he is known for and have garnered him wide acclaim and readership.
As for which to start with, I would recommend thinking about what area of your life you’re most looking to improve and start there. The corresponding book will speak to you more since it will be directly addressing your concerns.
On the other end of the “books written by successful bloggers” spectrum lies Jenny Lawson, the self-proclaimed “Bloggess.” Far from being instructional, her book Let’s Pretend This Never Happened is pure-and-simple (somewhat embellished) memoir – nothing more, nothing less. A journalist, blogger, and author from Wall, Texas, Lawson has an irreverent and darkly humorous style that easily wins over readers and has made her blog (which attracts over half-a-million page views every month) the subject of much praise and acclaim.
Hailed by many as mind-bending funny, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened dips into the treasure trove that is her experiences growing up in rural Texas with an eccentric taxidermist father while plagued with a plethora of psychological conditions including depression, anxiety, and OCD. Poignant and tender, but also decisively hilarious, this book is a great read to take you through the full spectrum of emotions.
The last of my short list of successful bloggers. My favorite blogger and entrepreneur from Australia, Darren Rowse of ProBlogger. Darren Rowse is a blogger, consultant, and entrepreneur. Darren is the founder of several blogs and blog networks, including b5media. I’ve been a big fan of his podcast for years and listening to his episodes gave me the confidence to make a move. Now that I’ve decided to treat blogging as a serious project, I wanted to check out his book. Although I’m only halfway through ProBlogger, I’m enjoying the book. ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income is an easy read but there are many gems in the book. New bloggers can get some guidance and inspiration from reading this book from Darren Rowse.
The most important lesson learned from these books is to focus and not be so general, which is why Blackandise has been through many changes this quarter. Before it was all things tech related but now it is only the best tech (that I have used and care about), blogging tips (as I’ve been helping clients with WordPress for years), and Bitcoin (I’ve been researching Bitcoin since 2013). Also, I decided to get help instead of trying to write everything myself. Thanks, Tim, Jenny, & Darren!