Here is why I recommend it for improving our blogging and writing skills.
- It is simple, clear and easy to navigate.
- It is packed with tips as well as in-depth advice.
- The person behind it, Ali Luke, is really there for you.
- She actually makes money out of blogging and is willing to divulge how she does it.
While the first point is self-explanatory, let me expand a little on the others.
Although young, Ali, who has a Master's in Creative Writing, is a prolific and experienced writer and blogger. In addition to publishing a novel, she has made a career out of guest blogging and written ebooks with catchy titles such as The Blogger's Guide to Irresistible Ebooks and The Blogger's Guide to Freelancing, as well as numerous mini-ebooks which you can access free if you sign up for her newsletter. And, of course, there are her blogs, written in an engaging style, with titles such as Eight Secrets Which Writers Won't Tell You and The Four Essential Stages of Writing. Her tips range from the seemingly trivial, such as choosing the right font size, background and images, though social networking and how to address the reader and keep their attention, to acquiring the habits of a serious writer. And while some of these tips may seem obvious, Ali reminds us that we may not be paying sufficient attention to them.
One thing I value in a website or blog is a personal touch, a sense that there is a person there behind it, someone whose personality shines through and whom we can turn to if we have a question or a request. Aliventures is also about Ali, and you can write directly to her email and receive a well-thought out reply that relates fully to your queries and requests (but don't expect her to respond immediately; she is working only on a part-time basis on the site since she gave birth recently).
Another thing I admire is people who manage to make a living out of blogging, and Ali does just that, singlehandedly. In How I Make My Living as an Online Writer (and How You Could Too), she reveals that her sources of revenue are paid guest blogging (she also provides links to potential freelance blogging opportunities), website advertising, affiliate promotion and coaching. Presumably, she is also making a little from her ebook sales and her novel, too.
In my mail to Ali I requested a guest blog; hopefully she will come through with that sometime in June. Keep a lookout for the post! Through her we might all become consummate writers and bloggers!