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How Shivya Nath Turned Her Travel Blog into a Book
Author: 
Ben Huberman
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Five years after becoming a digital nomad, travel blogger Shivya Nath just hit another major milestone: last month her book, The Shooting Star (named after her popular blog), was published by Penguin India. We recently caught up with Shivya to chat about her blog-to-book journey, the always-evolving travel -blog scene, and her other recent adventures.

Congratulations on your book! How did The Shooting Star evolve from a blog to its new, physical format?

Thank you; I’m so excited that The Shooting Star is out as a book in the universe now. It was definitely a serendipitous development. Over seven years ago, when I first started travel blogging, I had no idea of the things it was ...Read more

How Shivya Nath Turned Her Travel Blog into a Book
Author: 
Ben Huberman
Category: 

Five years after becoming a digital nomad, travel blogger Shivya Nath just hit another major milestone: last month her book, The Shooting Star (named after her popular blog), was published by Penguin India. We recently caught up with Shivya to chat about her blog-to-book journey, the always-evolving travel -blog scene, and her other recent adventures.

Congratulations on your book! How did The Shooting Star evolve from a blog to its new, physical format?

Thank you; I’m so excited that The Shooting Star is out as a book in the universe now. It was definitely a serendipitous development. Over seven years ago, when I first started travel blogging, I had no idea of the things it was ...Read more

Branding ABCs: Simple But Striking Typographical Logos
Author: 
Michelle Weber
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A logo gives your website an instant pop of professionalism; it’s such a key part of any website that WordPress.com includes a Site Logo tool to make adding one as straightforward as possible.

What if you don’t have the resources to have someone create a logo, or aren’t confident in your design chops? Sometimes a few letters are all you need — all the following sites use their initials for graphic, memorable logos.

Simple Monograms

Monograms aren’t just for polo shirts, and simple doesn’t mean boring or unremarkable. Pick a font that matches your brand’s personality and add a color — there are infinite possibilities, so you can create something elegant, playful, or bold.

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#SixWivesNoHenry: Ann Foster Is Here to Make History Fun
Author: 
Michelle Weber
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Every Wednesday, writer and historian Ann Foster tweets about the women of Tudor history under the hashtag #SixWivesNoHenry. On her eponymous blog, she takes us on in-depth Tudor time travels, picking apart convoluted family trees and 16th-century political intrigue with clarity and wit.

Her love of history is infectious, and her combination of ease and erudition brings her historical subjects to life — some well-known, some seldom written about. But we’ll let her blog speak for itself; here are tantalizing bits from a few of our recent favorites.

As a wedding gift, he lavished her with a castle and gowns and jewels. And she gave him… a giant pair of scissors. He was like, “Wait, what?” ...Read more

Five Ways to Build Your Audience
Author: 
Krista Stevens
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You’ve taken the plunge and started a blog. Are you finding that “build it and they will come” — the tagline from 1989’s Field of Dreams — worked well for the magical baseball field, but not so much for your blog traffic?

Attracting visitors doesn’t require sorcery, just some know-how and dedication. Today, we’ve got five tips for growing your audience, whether you’re blogging for fun or profit.

Blog your passion

“To be interesting, be interested.” — Dale Carnegie

Enthusiasm is contagious — you can’t help but be energized by someone who is deeply interested in something. What subjects do you love to talk about? Ashton Ritchie loves gardening and lawn care. A prolific blogger, ...Read more

A Quick Guide to Using Free High-Quality Photographs on Your Site
Author: 
Cheri Lucas Rowlands
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Displaying professional, high-resolution images across your posts, pages, and headers can elevate the look of your site. But what if you need a specific photo — an adorable pup portrait at the park, for instance — but don’t have one of your own? With the new Free Photo Library, you have access to over 40,000 free images, thanks to Pexels, a library of stock photos. Learn how to make the most of this new feature in your Media Library.

Find a featured image for your latest post

Want more options? We also recommend these sites for free images and patterns.

Here’s the scenario: you’re finalizing the new destination guide to New York City on your travel website. ...Read more

Draw The Line: Bringing Comic Artists Together to Effect Positive Political Change
Author: 
Cheri Lucas Rowlands
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In response to the political climate around the world, Myfanwy Tristram wanted to give voice to people feeling hopeless and powerless. The result? Draw The Line , a project that brought together over 100 comic artists sharing practical ways to take positive action. The site is a toolkit for people who want to make a difference, big or small, and offers resources for engaged organizations and campaigns. Myfanwy tells us how the website came to life, and the crowdfunding effort to make the printed version of Draw The Line a reality.

You originally envisioned Draw The Line to be a small project — a print comic to sell at festivals and conventions. But it evolved into something ...Read more

All About Custom Menus: Quick Tips for Organizing Your Content
Author: 
Cheri Lucas Rowlands
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You’ve worked hard on building your site, so it’s important to organize your content so visitors can easily find it. Are you making the most of your menu? Here are tips for creating effective navigation on your site.

Tip #1: Display pages that are unique to you or your organization

Not sure what to promote in your menu? Direct visitors to your site’s most important evergreen pages, including your About page or business mission statement, an online store, or your Contact page.

Your menu tabs, however, can go beyond these common examples. On the collaborative Sewcialists blog, the group promotes pages that are specific to their sewing community, including the #WhoWeAre series, which compiles posts ...Read more

Create Value Through Your Content: How to Be a Resource for Your Readers
Author: 
Cheri Lucas Rowlands
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Have you built a website for your professional work or your business? Crafting an online presence isn’t just about promoting yourself or your brand — some of the best entrepreneurs and creators make themselves indispensable to visitors by turning their sites into resources. These WordPress.com Business websites demonstrate how to offer value through your content.

Establish your expertise in your industry

Position yourself as a reputable source in your field, whether it’s raised bed gardening, vegetarian cooking, or tiny house construction. At Inspired by Marvin , the blog of the Marvin family of window and door brands, the manufacturer shares home and interior inspiration and design profiles that help establish the brand’s vision. The blog also has a ...Read more

Six Website-Building Tips for Beginners
Author: 
Cheri Lucas Rowlands
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We recently shared how to set up a fixed front page for those of you who want an online presence that’s more like a website, not a blog. Here are six more tweaks that will refine your website and move it closer to your vision.

Add a contact page

If you’re building a website for a business, consulting gigs, or professional work, offer a method for people to contact you. Take a peek at our resource on evergreen page content — which discusses contact pages — then follow these steps to add a contact form to a page.

Explore creative ways to use the contact form.

Here’s an example of a simple, well-designed Contact page on ...Read more