In her book Blog Events Amanda gives some important tips on how to run a successful event, pointing out things you need to consider, and directing you to ask yourself some very important questions on the purpose behind the event, who it is serving, and how is it helping you the event owner? For more of my thoughts, see my previous review here.
The best thing about Blog Events is that it is general enough to fit any event, so while I mention read-a-thons because those are my passion, the principles in the book can be applied to anything you might want to do whether it's a hobby or business blogging event.
I was able to pick this up as a kindle freebie soon after it was published, but having had the pleasure of participating in many of the read-a-thon's co-hosted by Amanda and getting to know her through Twitter and Facebook, I want to give something back by offering up some copies of Blog Events to you aspiring bloggers out there who I know want to hold more read-a-thons for me!
But wait, there's more! Hot off the presses, and I mean so hot it's not even out of the oven as I'm writing this, is Amanda's second book, Blogger's Mindset.
From her website The Path of Least Revision, she describes it this way:
"What makes bloggers give up and step away from their blogs?
Burnout. Feeling overwhelmed or defeated. Over-committing. Jealousy. Life.
Sound familiar? Your blogging experience is shaped by how you approach blogging and how you think about it. The Blogger’s Mindset is about finding your way to the right mindset.
Learn how to build your blogging foundation and keep blogging when the blogging gets tough. Determine your why, who, and focus. Get real about your commitment and the nuts and bolts of blogging. Address your brand and evaluate your approach. Check your attitude. Find out what it takes to stick with it."
I am especially excited about this one because I can't tell you how many times I think to myself, why am I doing this? Who even cares? Does anyone even read it? I can't keep up! I should just quit. So I step away for awhile, and find myself missing it. But then I look at other blogs and think, wow, they're so much better than me, why do I bother? It's just a vicious cycle. Well, the short answer is, because I like it, and I'm very interested in reading Amanda's take on the topic.
Just in case you're wondering who is this Amanda Shofner anyway, and what makes her qualified to tell us these things? Check out her cred here!
Now for the giveaway! Two random winners will receive a US Kindle copy of both Blog Events and Blogger's Mindset, to get you excited and on the path to blogging happiness! This giveaway will run from Oct. 23rd through Nov. 6th. Good Luck!