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Abby Lawson’s Building a Framework: The Ultimate Blogging Handbook was one of the first blogging resources I purchased. I really enjoy Abby’s blog, Just a Girl and Her Blog and when I saw she had a blogging course/book for sale, I thought I should pick up a copy.
I was super lucky that Building a Framework was included in the first Ultimate Bundle Genius Blogger’s Toolkit that I purchased. Based on the price of Building a Framework the GBTK basically paid for itself.
So, should you consider purchasing Abby’s Building a Framework? Here’s my honest review of this fulsome blogging resource.
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Last year I read the original edition of the e-book and found it really helpful. As it turns out, Abby relaunched Building a Framework to include lots more additional helpful information for the new and intermediate blogger.
Most if not all of the units have both video and text lessons. There are helpful “Tech Tutorials” depending on the service providers you choose to use. For example, if you decide to set your blog up using Siteground (which I use and recommend), Abby gives you a tutorial on how to set it up. How easy is that?
There are over 60 lessons in total including the basics of setting up a theme all the way to setting up and understanding google analytics, creating an email list and how to grow your blog views (we all need this info right?)
Instead of just recommending the e-book, I want to provide you with the top 5 tips I learned from pouring over Building a Framework over the past little while.
Top 5 Helpful Lessons from Building a Framework
Tip 1: The Importance of Choosing a Name
I chose the name The Professional Mom Project before reading Abby’s book. Thinking back on it now, I likely would have looked for a shorter name or perhaps gone with with just my name, at least for the URL. At the start of the e-book Abby talks you through the process of choosing the perfect name for your new blog.
I did know about the importance of using a .com rather than another domain so at least I got that right!
Tip 2: Decide on a Theme Early On
I started with a free blogging theme because I wasn’t sure if I’d enjoy blogging or want to stop after a few months. Upon realizing that I really enjoy blogging, I decided to go for a premium theme. It took me a long time to decide on my current theme (The Market Theme by Restored 316 using The Genesis Framework) but so far it’s been the right choice.
If I did this again, I would probably investigate themes a bit more closely early on as Abby suggests. Abby goes into great detail about choosing a theme, why you should choose a framework along with a child theme (and explains what all of this means). Here’s another example of where the “Tech Tutorials” come in handy. Abby goes through how to set all of this up if you choose the Genesis Framework (which I use as well).
Abby also provides a helpful list of questions to consider when deciding which theme to use.
In retrospect, I should have investigated all of this stuff in a bit more detail and would likely have gone with a premium theme from the start.How can Building a Framework help you be a better #blogger? #bloggingtips Click To Tweet
Tip 3: Which Plugins to Install
Oh my goodness there are so many WordPress plugins out there! (Do you even know what a plugin is?) How is a new blogger supposed to know what they are and which ones are important?
Abby explains what plugins are and provides a helpful list of key plugins that cover all of your bases as a new blogger. Now that the updated version of the e-book is out I have to go through my plugins and determine which new ones I should install based on Abby’s helpful suggestions.
I also had no idea about follow and no follow links until I read Abby’s book. Now I use and a helpful plugin to take care of that for me.
To learn more about some of the WordPress plugins I use (including the no follow plugin), you can see my post on Must Have WordPress Plugins.
Tip 4: Examples of How to Connect with My Email List
I’m not really a self promoter and I don’t like being in my readers’ faces, especially to those people who are awesome and choose to follow my blog (which you should do btw). In Building a Framework, Abby gives helpful step by step examples on what type of emails to send, how often to send them and other key details.
I’ve taken Abby’s advice into account and created a short email welcome sequence and have tried to come up with a few helpful opt in freebies that I hope will appeal (and assist) you, my readers.
Tip 5: Importance of Photography, Props, Lighting Etc
My photography thus far is pretty basic. I use my iPhone and try to do the best I can. I have limited time at home during the day (since I work full time), so when I’m making a recipe, the picture is usually taken at night under my kitchen lights.
The dishes in all of my posts are the ones we use daily, we have a black granite counter top so that’s usually the background and we eat everything I make so I have to take my pictures quickly before everything gets cold! I’m inspired by Abby’s tips to improve my photography with proper lighting, props and backdrops.
Abby does a great job of explaining some technical photography terms and techniques. Upping my photography game is next on my list after getting my email under control.
Building a Framework is such a great blogging guide I could keep going with all of the things I’ve learned so far but to really get the benefit of this resource, you’ll have to pick one up for yourself.
Click on this link to learn more about Abby and Building a Framework: The Ultimate Blogging Handbook.
Have you read Abby’s book? What was your best take away? Please share in the comments below.
For more blogging related tips and resources check out these posts:
- Helpful Blogging Tools and Resources
- My First Year Blogging, What I’ve Learned so Far
- 5 Blogging Mistakes I’ve Made (and you don’t have to)
- 5 Free Apps for Bloggers
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