June 26, 2011

Blogging with Moxie

Do you see how pink this book is? What could this possibly mean?

Why, yes – it’s a book written by ladies for other ladies.

This is what the authors say about themselves in the introduction:
The Moxie Girls, Joelle Reeder and Katherine Scoleri, are like vodka and olives - tasty on their own, but even better together.

This book can be very helpful for beginner bloggers. They call it geeky basics for beginners. In my opinion, the book is full of technically significant details, which might even be of interest to slightly more experienced bloggers.

It was very thoughtful of the authors – who, no doubt, want to lighten up the overwhelming life of a blogger – to put up some cocktail recipes at the end of each chapter. Since cocktails are part of my summer diet, I’m enjoying trying the recipes.

Another thing I liked is the authors’ approach in regards to the audience – no pressure whatsoever. Everything is presented easily, lightly, and with a sense of humour. You can take it in while lying next to the pool, or in a hammock. I read it one day while relaxing in a camping chair in High Park.

Here are some excerpts from the book.

A blog about your business can run drier than last night's martini. Not many people, except your mother, perhaps, want to hear you go on and on about what's new at your store or business. Sure, it's okay to mingle those of entries into the content, but the key is to keep it interesting. Variety is the spice of life and all that jazz.

Copyrights and the Internet have a long and troublesome relationship. Unfortunately, it isn't unheard of for someone to copy your content and paste and publish it somewhere else. There isn't much to stop people from doing it, even though it's illegal to do so.
In sense, you're protected by intellectual property copyright laws. But unless someone's stolen copy from your blog and used it to make a profit, there isn't a whole lot you van do. The good news is that your blog is copyrighted, by default, the minute you post it. It's okay to post on your site somewhere - usually in the footer - a copyright notice stating that you reserve all your rights to the work you publish. You can copyright your words, but you can't copyright ideas.

Comments: Give a Little, Get a Little

Let's say you start up a blog and click Publish on your very first post. Look at that! You put something out on the Internet! It's compelling and witty. People will laugh hysterically! You sit and wait for people to swarm and tell you haw hilarious the story you just wrote is. Only there's one problem: No one knows your blog exists.
Comments, first and foremost, are the best place to start getting the word out about you and your blog.Surely, you've read someone else's blog. ( We know, we know. Don't call you Shirley.) Maybe you've read a hundred blogs. That's great, but no one knows you read them unless you post a comment. Reading and not commenting is often referred to as lurking.

And here are some pink photos to continue with the pink theme.


  1. Olga
    An "Airplane the movie" reference! When I do follow, and read, I normally comment whenever possible. Sometimes my mind draws a blank, not often. I am very loyal!

    The Godfather book is very different from the movies. You will enjoy.

  2. Fun post! Interesting one. Things that make you say hmmmm....=)

  3. Розовая тема всегда веселенькая.
    Очень понравился разноцветый магазинчик.

  4. Advice on blogging, cocktails, and then your wonderful pictures. That is what I call a perfect recipe for the starting summer!
    I have felt envy again(of your blog) so I was thinking about getting the book, in case it helps, but then, not being a girl myself, I have shied on it :-)

  5. Good advice, may have to pick that one up...also love the pink pics, my favorite color!

  6. Hello Olga:
    What a lusciously pink post, full of goodies. The blogging book sounds to be a good mix of amusement and strong content...just like the very best cocktails!

  7. pink theme is true, wonderful pics, i like all =).

  8. I wonder how many people actually read books on blogging before they decide to start a blog.

    Pink is not my favourite colour but your piccies are luscious.

  9. love your pinky post!!!The perfect way to start this Monday!!! a big kiss

  10. wow I love the pink! Great pictures.

  11. Love those photos you have such superb taste. Diane

  12. Love the pink themed photos and thanks for the interesting excerpts from the book. :)

    xoxoxo ♡

  13. Love your pretty pink images in there ♥

    That book can really be helpful for women bloggers.

  14. Kuvissasi tarjoilit 'Olga' melkoisen väri-coctailin.
    Ihallen katselin-

    Muuten vain ajattelin sanoa - Suomalainen Vodga ei 'lisukkeita' tarvitse...!

  15. Love the pink pictures, especially the peonies. Wonderful blog!

  16. Seems like an interesting read .... and you are certainly 'in the pink'!

  17. That's great advice - to mix it up. I try to do that, some days better than others.

    Love all the pink!

  18. ciao Olga :)
    finché pervade il senso dell'umorismo .. ben venga anche il libro :)
    bella la foto n°2.

    Felice settimana e grazie del voto :)

  19. Шыкарный розовый!
    А мороженое - мммммммммммммм!
    Книжка - забавная. Она задала тональность) Кстати, никогда не пробовала закусывать водку оливками. Надо попробовать! :)

  20. Hi R. Jacob,
    I try to do the same. Frankly, it's easier to be in touch with the people who comment on your blog.

    Hi Sandy,
    Yes, it's one of those books about blogging where you can find some useful technical details and say "Hmmmm".

    Hi tattina,
    Это у нас такой магазинчик " художественных товаров". Находится в самом бойком месте. Рямом художественный колледж и галерея.

    Hi Pet,
    You should overcome your shyness and read this book :) You can read it in the bathtub.

    Hi 1-2Punch,
    I was a little surprised to see that there isn't a whole lot of pink in my photos :)

  21. Hi Pierre,
    Thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed them.

    Hi Jane and Lance Hattatt,
    What a perfect definition of a perfect cocktail! I always enjoy your sharp wit. You have a way with words.

    Hi TgRs,
    I have to confess that I don't have that many pink pictures, so it was a challenge to gather them.

    Hi Sarah,
    Now you see one of those people in front of you, who has read several books before starting to blog. I'm surprised that it didn't put me off the whole thing.

    Hi Colores,
    I'm glad that my post made a drop into your half-full glass. Now it's one drop fuller!

  22. Hi Spangle,
    Pink is a very cheerful and girly colour. I enjoy it too :)

    Hi Diane,
    The taste of that strawberry gelatto was excellent too :)

    Hi Dianne,
    I'm glad you liked it. (I take a bow and run away.)

    Hi Ann,
    Absolutely right - this book is full of technical details, but the way they explain it works so well.

    Hi Eko,
    Olen varma, että suomalainen vodka on hyvää, lohta, mutta ei oliiveja:)

  23. Hi The French Blonde,
    Thank you for visiting. Believe me, it's not easy to find gorgeous peonies in Toronto :)

    Hi aguja,
    In this post, it is finally appropriate to use the expression "think pink" :)

    Hi Talli,
    You're absolutely right. Some days are better than others. And everything affects our posts.

    Hi chaillrun,
    E 'stato un piacere votare per il tuo blog. Ho la sensazione che abbiamo una cosa in comune - il senso dell'umorismo.

    Hi Ирен,
    действительно, надо попробовать. С холодненькой водочкой, даже если у меня это не самый любимый напиток, может быть интересно.

  24. This is interesting...Very beautiful photos!

  25. What a fun book! I'm kind of curious and may go check it out now. :)

  26. Lovely pink images Olga. And love the idea of cocktails, we could drink them whilst we watch all those films perhaps!

  27. Your photos are amazing!
    I have been such a bad blogger lately. Maybe I should read the book! Thanks for sharing!


  28. Those are some good thoughts about blogging. I love how you bring some visuals and color to your posts. A feast for the eyes and the brain!

  29. Thanks for the blogging wisdom, and the beautiful pink photos, a visual feast.

  30. Shirley this is fabulous blog entry!! :-)

  31. How interesring! Honestly speaking, I have never thought about what blog is. I started my blog hoping to improve my Englsih. Thanks for many useful advices on blogs. But, now I have been out of breath ony in writing my English blog.
    I love your way to show the photos in the same theme. I do love all of your great photos.
    Olga, have a wonderful day.

  32. Hi Amin,
    Thank you for your compliment. I also enjoy your photos :)

    Hi Jennifer Fabulous,
    You can see that the authors had so much fun writing this book. Vodka and olives, huh? :)

    Hi Dolly,
    We'll definitely try the cocktails. Although I imagined you having expertise in Irish beer :)

    Hi tywo,
    Even if you qualify yourself as a bad blogger, for me, you remain a favourite :)

    Hi Lydia,
    The more colour there is in our life, the more fun :)

    Hi Angella,
    I really enjoy reading books about blogging, although I often disagree with the authors. More often than not, it's a lot of fun.

    Hi Charley Appenzellar,
    I'm glad you enjoyed it :)

    Hi snowwhite,
    I don't understand how much further you could improve your English. As for me, I'm not sure why I started blogging. Still trying to figure it out :)

  33. Glad for the pink photos, love the strawberry one. Have a great day.

  34. Interesting - didn´t even know anyone had written a book about this subject (I should have known though)!

    Oh yes - summer is the time to get busy outside so I try to do just that. Talking to the tomatoes and such you know..?! :-D

  35. Hello Olga,
    Very, very beautiful photos!!

  36. Olá, gostei do texto e das belas fotografias....

  37. Great post. I have a couple more pink shots to post this week. Come by if you get the chance.

  38. Dear Olga
    Wow.... so extremely nice your pictures!
    Have a good week and a lot of greetings from Switzerland.
    Hugs Yvonne

  39. Hi lilylovekin,
    Despite the fact that appearances can be deceiving, the strawberry gelato was really good :) Hope you have a great day too.

    Hi tinajo,
    In the summer, there's a feeling that there are so many things to do and outdoor activities that my head is already spinning. I hope you're enjoying every minute of this season.

    Hi Antonio,
    Thank you very much. I'm glad you enjoyed these photos.

    Hi Fernando,
    As you see, we are in the middle of the summer. It would be shameful not to take pictures of all these gorgeous colours :)

    Hi Randy,
    I always enjoy visiting your blog. Looking forward to your pink shots!

    Hi Yvonne,
    Thank you very much :) Finally, even Canada has a little more colour. Have a great week!

  40. Olga thanks a lot for leaving your comment. It was great, great encouragement for me. I was so glad.

  41. Hi snowwhite,
    You are welcome :)