When we moved into our new house, I finally found myself with enough room to create a dedicated blogging space. Yes, technically it’s just a small corner of my bedroom but there was something about finally having a desk, a place to display my books, an area to hang artwork and somewhere to escape to that felt incredibly motivating and rewarding. When I sit at my desk (instead of balancing on the edge of my couch with Paw Patrol on a continual loop in the background) I feel like a ‘proper’ blogger. Whatever that means. I honestly feel like the quality of my content has improved and that this is why I have been offered more opportunities recently. As I mentioned in my last book review (The Multi-Hyphen Method by Emma Gannon) I am on a mission to transform The Beautiful Bluebird into a successful full-time career. That’s why I have immersed myself in reading materials which will hopefully help me to learn about building professional relationships with brands, develop my understanding of SEO and make the most of my online presence.
I recently read Little Black Book: A Toolkit For Working Women by Otegha Uwagba. This very compact 115-page toolkit is packed full of practical advice and tips for young women looking to build a successful self-made career. I read this book in literally one night so it’s great if you’re having a temporary creative block or in need of a confidence boost in terms of your worth and/or the direction your career is taking you. The advice can be quite vague, I guess this is to be as inclusive as possible in such a small number of pages, so sometimes I struggled to understand how I could apply it to the blogging industry. However, I found the chapters focusing on maximising productivity and managing your money with regards to being a freelancer incredibly interesting and helpful.
As someone very new to this genre, it was nice to read a streamlined toolkit of advice free from intimidating jargon, repetitive statistics and over-analysis of the corporate world. If you’re looking for a simple collection of tips, inspirational quotes and practical advice that will give you that much-needed kick up the arse, Little Black Book is an affordable and useful little guide to have in your arsenal.
Little Black Book: A Toolkit For Working Women by Otegha Uwagba is currently available at Amazon.co.uk and retails for £3.25.0