Title: The Digital Mom Handbook
SubTitle: How to Blog, Vlog, Tweet, and Facebook Your Way to a Dream Career at Home
Author: Audrey McClelland and Colleen Padilla
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pub Date:  8/01/201

If you are looking for a definitive guide to help you start, grow, and monetize your blog, pick up a copy of The Digital Mom Handbook as soon as it comes out on August 1st. This book is awesome, a complete resource of just about anything you may want to know about running a successful blog, from finding your niche to managing the money once it starts coming in. The first chapters explain how to use your passion for a particular subject to hang your virtual shingle and get started on your way to success by connecting with other bloggers in your “tribe.”  The middle of the book is dedicated to explaining how the various monetization methods work, including ad networks, affiliate marketing, and sponsored posts. But it doesn’t stop there, they also launch into a discussion about how you can use the talents you gain from blogging to further market yourself. I found the section on freelance writing particularly helpful, as that is my main job right now, and I’m always looking for more ways to find better paying gigs.

Throughout each chapter, the authors provide a list of resources as well as a bit of “proof” from other successful bloggers. Now, usually I shy away from books that use a lot of “Sally did this, and it turned out great” stories because I really prefer to get right to the point, but The Digital Mom Handbook balances the “true story” bits perfectly so they contain pertinent information without reading like someone’s epic biography.

I also love the section on how to avoid Digital Mom burnout. I know I spend way too much time on the computer. Between my blog and my freelance writing, it gets to the point where I have to tear myself away because I am literally in pain from sitting too long. Seriously, I sat with a heating pad on my back last night even though it was like 100 degrees outside just because I was in so much pain. I am learning how to balance work and life by writing multiple posts and scheduling them out so all I have to do is double-check them and make minor tweaks right before they go live, marathon writing one day so I have time the next to do something fun, and so on. I really appreciate how The Digital Mom Handbook tackles this subject and reminds us to remember our kids. After all, we wouldn’t be Digital Moms without them.

I highly recommend this book to anyone just starting out blogging or even those who have been doing it for years, as there really is a wealth of information for all of us.