Reading and learning have always been important to me. In college, I studied literature and my nose was always in a book. Since I’ve started blogging, my mode of learning has changed a bit to online research and courses, but sometimes you need a little nudge to get to some important reading that’s a little more formal than a Google search. Especially when it comes to increasing your blogging knowledge.
It seems like I always have a list of things I want to learn more about and understand better. But finding the time can be tricky if you limit yourself to reading a paper book while sitting still (especially when you have little ones), and for that reason I’ve been lax on my personal development lately. And I know I can maximize the time I spend making dinner and driving or folding laundry if I throw in some audiobooks.
So I went to Audble.com and started searching for titles that looked like they would help me increase my blogging knowledge in a few areas this year and I found some really interesting titles like these:
- How to Set Up Photography Lighting in a Home Studio by Amber Richards. I know nothing about lighting, but I really want to learn.
- Digital Photography Guide: from Beginner to Intermediate by Larry Hall. I have such a long way to gorgeous photos so I’m hoping to pick up some great tips in this one.
- How to Write Short: Word Crafts for Fast Times by Roy Peter Clark. People like short and to the point on the web. It’s something I could improve on. :)
- Maximize Your Social: A One-Stop Guide to Building a Social Media Strategy for Marketing and Business Success by Neal Schaffer. An overall strategy sounds good to me!
- Mastering Story, Community, and Influence: How to Use Social Media to Become a Socialeader by Jay Oatway. This sounds like such a good way to blend all the aspects of blogging.
- Crafting Calm: Projects and Practices for Creativity and Contemplation by Maggie Oman Shannon.
- 365 Daily Affirmations for Creativity by Janet Luongo. This book includes 60 creative exercises, which is really why I’m drawn to it.
- The Creative Thinker’s Toolbelt by The Great Courses, Gerard Puccio. There are several lectures here on creative thinking, which I’d love to look into more.