Essential Blogging is an excellent resource for beginner bloggers who want to start out and figure out how to set up their blog (using Blogspot as their hosting software). It does a step by step set up procedure and then starts adding in more and more details for the beginner to “tweak” and enhance their content to get more readers and more interest in what they write (unless you are writing a blog you don’t want anybody to read, very useful advice).
When I first started blogging I think I would have appreciated Essential Blogging a lot more because it talks about changing the default templates from Blogspot and how to use all the variables that blogspot gives you access to. Lots of information on how to customize the default blogroll for the blogspot set up would have helped me a lot as well.
Some information about Movable type work, that I skimmed, since I wasn’t really interested in it.
Review: Overall Essential Blogging is a very useful book for the beginner blogger who wants to get started quickly and wants to learn the ins and outs of blogging and get up and running quickly. If you use blogspot I would also recommend this book (although hopefully there is a newer version that elaborates on the Widgets in the new Blogspot configuration).
I did not buy this book, I borrowed it from the Ottawa Public Library and would not buy it myself, but it was a useful read for me.