iBlog for You!

Last week I shared about iBlog: Everything You Need to Know About Blogging from 30 Top Bloggers. Today, I have the pleasure of giving away this fabulous resource to three blessed winners! (And pssst – there are five copies of A Simple Start in Chalk Pastels up for grabs over at The Curriculum Choice).

blogasministry “I honestly don’t know how you do it. Homeschool, write, maintain sites…” Back in 2008, I started blogging for fun. Mostly to share photos of the children with far-flung family, to document our homeschool and for a writing outlet. Like my friend, Maureen, I’d been a scrapbooker, a photographer. My parents gave me a camera when I was 15, I was a yearbook photographer in high school and college then a wedding photographer for a short time right out of college. Being a graduate of journalism school, blogging was a natural extension, a creative outlet for skills.

A Simple Start in Chalk Pastels on the iPad mini 2 A Simple Start in Chalk Pastels

Well, then about three years ago we started sharing our art times with Nana in tutorial form with you readers. At the same time there were things I needed to learn about WordPress, social media. Later I learned about how to put together an ebook because, you dear reader, asked for it. This blogging venture changed to a hodgepodge of a ministry.

Now You Can Have the How To Manual

You, dear friends, you can skip the trial and error and get the how to manual! If you’ve considered starting a blog or need that extra encouragement in your blogging, iBlog just might meet that need.


All the technical how tos are covered – so you can share your heart, your passion!

Plus, it’s written by 30 top bloggers, each sharing about their area of expertise. The best advice! Explore More at iBlogTheBook.com

What Does iBlog Include?

  1. Building a Vision for Your Blog
  2. Finding Your Niche
  3. Blog Design 101
  4. Designing and Starting Your Blog on WordPress
  5. Designing and Starting Your Blog on Blogger
  6. Disclosure and Privacy Policies
  7. Writing and Using an Elevator Pitch
  8. Blog Planning and Organization
  9. Basic SEO
  10. Stock Image Tips
  11. Blog Photography 101
  12. Streamlining Your Research
  13. Getting Your Blog Off the Ground
  14. Building Your Brand
  15. Building Community through Your Blog
  16. How to Get Traffic to Your Blog
  17. How to Get Subscribers
  18. Guest Posting
  19. Link-Ups, Hops and Other Events
  20. Using Facebook to Grow Your Blog
  21. Facebook Parties
  22. Facebook Hops
  23. Using Twitter to Grow Your Blog
  24. Using Pinterest to Grow Your Blog
  25. Using Freebies to Grow Your Blog
  26. How To Create Your Own Printables
  27. Selling Your Own Products
  28. Using Affiliate Marketing
  29. How to Write a Media Kit
  30. How to Write a Product Review
  31. Working as a Virtual Assistant
  32. Running a Group Blog
  33. Marriage and Blogging
  34. Balancing Motherhood and Blogging
  35. Balancing Homeschooling and Blogging
  36. Using Your Blog as a Ministry
  37. Time Saving Blog Tips
  38. The Power of Attending a Blogging Conference

blogisreflection Most of all, I think blogging can be fun!! This book is for anyone considering starting a blog or blogging already.

“What if building a platform was like hosting a dinner party?” ~ Michael Hyatt

iBlog_Book_Cover_3D_200 Now for the Giveaway – Three Copies of iBlog!

If you’d like to buy iBlog now, and you win one of the copies, your money will be refunded. Advice from 30 top bloggers for just $7.99? What a bargain! Because I wrote two chapters, I will get a portion of any sales when you purchase through my link.
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Which chapter will you read first? (And don’t forget to enter to win one of five copies of A Simple Start in Chalk Pastels!)

About Hodgepodgemom

Tricia faces a daily dose of chaos homeschooling five children. The biggest lesson she’s learned? At the end of the day – when the dishes are put away and the children are tucked in bed – truly what matters is each child’s relationship with the Lord. Raising children is a God-given privilege and, folks, the time is short.


  1. I’ll either read Time Saving Blog Tips or Blogging as a Ministry first. Looks like a great book!

    And I follow through email!
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  2. Jennah S says:

    I will read them in order, I am to OCD to read them out of order.. Plus I am interested in each and every chapter.

  3. I almost always read books from beginning to end, in order.

  4. I will probably read “how to get subscribers” first. :) thanks for a chance to win!

  5. I’d probably start at the beginning.

  6. I will probably read it in order, but might peek at 35 and 36 first.

  7. I would most likely read “Building Your Brand” and “Using Your Blog as a Ministry” first. The ways God intends to use our blogs, to reach and impact our culture, at limitless. I am excited about the possibilities and look forward to studying and showing ourselves approved in the way we approach our blog ministries!

  8. I’m a little OCD. I’ll have to start at the Introduction and read every word in order 😉
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  9. I’d start with the first chapter. My biggest question would be how to balance blogging and all the demands of daily life with 3 little ones!
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  10. What a beautifully crafted post, Tricia. I learn so much from you :-)

  11. Oh! I am most interested in the chapters pertaining to gaining growth as well as photography tips and tools.

  12. I would definitely start with chapter 1. That is exactly what I need to work on!
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  13. Well….I’ve sort of been feeling a nudge in the direction of doing a blog but I’ve held back because I don’t feel I’m at ease as I’d have to be to do one…well I thought this might be a good way to investigate it…I’d have to start at the beginning with Chapter One :0

  14. Hi there, I would read the chapter on design because my blog needs a lot of help! I have the ideas and write, but my blog layout isn’t the most appealing, and I need to learn how to organize posts, etc. Thank you!
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  15. So excited to see if I win this giveaway – if not, I’ll definitely be buying it. What a great idea and blessing this would be and will be for anyone who gets it! Thanks for all you do to encourage and bless us!
    Jenny Whitaker recently posted..Sparkly Green Earrings – HURRY–GET IT NOW–it’s FREE!My Profile

  16. I will read “Building Your Brand” first – I want this blog to be bigger than I am limiting it to – My biggest question is how to take my blog from personal to professional and bring readers to it!
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  17. I need to know how to get traffic to my blog! Hope I win!
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  18. I’ll read Chapter 1 first! My biggest challenge would be time.

  19. I’d probably start with chapter 27 – how to sell your own products…my three daughters and I have fun creating things, but don’t quite know what step to take next. Then…I’d go back to the beginning and read all the chapters in order.

    Thanks for the chance to win a free copy! This book looks amazing!

  20. Hmmm….it’s hard to say. I tend to read books from front to back, but since you suggested it, I might start with the ones on growing your blog. :)

  21. Getting traffic to come to your blog.
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  22. I think chapters 34 and 35 – the eternal balancing question.
    Great giveaway!!!

    P.S. the Bible is readily available in Australia. In fact we were considered a Christian country up until a few years ago ( much like a lot of western countries I believe). I’m not sure what you would consider any of them these days.

  23. I would jump to the chapter on bringing building a community and bringing traffic to your blog.
    Thanks for hosting this giveaway!
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  24. Susie Doty says:

    It is hard to decide but I brought it down to Chapter 25: Using Freebies to Grow Your Blog. I have a blog that needs help and if i can do it free then I will go that way first. I hope you pick me.

  25. Building your brand #14 sounds the most interesting, though I am like a previous commenter and “have” to read in order. 😉
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  26. Thanks for this opportunity! I would want to start with chapter one, Building a Vision for Your Blog. All the chapters look awesome, though!

  27. I forgot to tell you the question I would most like to ask :) I want to know how bloggers make time for everything?!!! Homeschooling, cooking, cleaning, etc., etc.

  28. Well, I usually have to read books in order, but I am very excited about getting to chapers 3 & 4! Thank you for this opportunity.

  29. Felicia says:

    I will start at the beginning. I think it’s important to know where you are going and why. I have thought about blogging for a while now – maybe this will get me started!

  30. Chapter 3 – Blog Design 101 would be a great place to start. I’ve been wanting to start a blog for a long time, but just not sure where to begin.

  31. Is there any other way to buy this book besides through paypal? When I click on it, it takes me to a link and says check out with paypal. I would love to purchase it.

    • Hi Heather – if you click through – it has an option where it says “don’t have PayPal? Buy as a guest now, sign up for PayPal later” Hope that helps!

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