Blogging is the new black. Or so it seems. But blogging isn't about keeping in with the in-crowd or letting the world know what you had for breakfast. Believe it or not, blogging can be a real force for good in your life.
Blogging helped me find my way out from a particularly dark period in my life and this is my guide on how a blog can save your sanity. Covering the basics on how to start a blog, what to write about, how to get followers plus technical and design tips, 'Blogging for Happiness' looks at how a blog can actually improve your mental health, lift your mood, meet people, clear the air and even earn you some money. My blog has brought me new friends and new skills, but more importantly it has brought me positive mental health. It's fair to say I love my blog and 'Blogging for Happiness' will inspire you to log on, get going and love your very own blog.
Part of the royalties from the sale of this book are donated to The National Autistic Society, the leading UK charity for people with autism (including Asperger syndrome) and their families (www.autism.org.uk).
'Ellen offers a convincing argument for the benefits of blogging for good mental health.' Sara Zmertych, SANE (UK Mental Health Charity) "Interesting personal account of the liberating power of creative expression and a guide to the world of writing online ... A wealth of advice and information here." National Autistic Society, 'Communications' magazine
Introduction What is a blog? Why blog? How a blog can create happiness (and improve mental health) Thinking positively Letting off steam The blogging community Achievement and creativity Knowledge gained Doing good for others How blogging can help in the real world How to blog Where do I start? What should I write? How do I get followers? Technical and design tips Statistics Competitions and awards Remaining anonymous Legal issues (copyright, libel) Blogging dos and don'ts (or 'Blogging etiquette') Using Twitter Making time to blog Blogging for money Advertising Advertorials Affiliates Reviews Business blogging Online 'expert' CV Resources Got a question? Bloggers recommend / quoted Bibliography Useful websites Index