Book by Blogging

Posted by Emily Hecker

So, you’re sitting in your pajamas blogging about what happened to you today.

Maybe, you find it satisfying to share your daily trials and triumphs with the world. Maybe, you like the ego boost that comes with seeing the number of views on your blog increase.

What if there was more good news? What if a publisher saw your blog?

Blogs allow you to consume, and share, a variety of information. In a matter of a few lines, you can deliver your firsthand experiences. Put together by a publisher, these blog posts could transform you from online journalist to published author.

Julie Powell sat down at her computer, in 2002, to start her blog: the Julie & Julia Project.  Powell would go on to publish a book and watch her blog be made into a movie. It doesn’t seem too bad to have Amy Adams play you on the big screen.

More people frequent blogs. According to the Pew Research Center, one out of three Internet users read blogs. There is a very good chance that some of those people read your blog.

Lots of publishers are taking a gander at blogs as potential fodder for new books. Mashable found several bloggers who turned their blogs into books. Just think; you could become more than an online author.

Your blog-inspired book could be sitting on a shelf in Barnes and Noble.

By sitting in your pajamas and blogging one day, you could offer the world a whole new perspective.

Do you want your blog to focus on hard news or personal perspective? Having a goal in mind for your blog is a good thing.

Next time you blog, think about where you want it to go. How do you intend to use blogs to enrich your life?

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7 responses to “Book by Blogging

  1. The final sentence of your post caught my attention, especially. Too often, blogs receive “online diary” status, making writers underestimate their value and potential. Your post reassures me that personal blogs play a pivotal, even surprising role in writing professionally.

    Your post also reminds writers to regard every blog post highly by taking care to formulate focused ideas, writing concisely, and proofreading thoroughly.

  2. Jennifer Heartley

    I completely agree with you that blogs can change someone’s perspective. Anything online is visual to more people than you would imagine. It seems as time progresses, high school students put more and more of their personal lives online for the world to see. They only expect their friends to respond, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t other people reading it. That’s why our professors stress so strongly that we be very aware of what we place online. Think before you type, so to speak. As journalists, we are seen online not just personally, but also professionally, and it makes it that much more difficult to decide how to present ourselves in each online form.

    • Jennifer, you are absolutely right about the importance of monitoring your online presence. When people aren’t conscious of who can see their online profiles, they may post something embarrassing or offensive.

      It’s so easy to rant about your horrible boss on your blog in the heat of anger, but that rant could have repurcussions. Has anyone experienced the backlash of an impulsive post or heard about one?

  3. Thanks for the feedback, Taylor. I’m glad that you took my idea a bit further.

    You’re absolutely right. When blogging, you shouldn’t focus solely on your content to catch a publisher’s eye. Atrocious grammar and spelling can quickly lead readers to flee from your blog. If a book deal is on your list of goals for your blog, it’s best not to alienate readers due to poor mechanics.

  4. Emily, this is a very interesting observation. Writing blogs has become an easy way for publishing houses to scout new and interesting talent. It’s like content and market research all in one. Publishers observe which blogs have the most traffic about which subjects, and they can just cherry pick the best ones.

    I think the most important aspects of having a successful blog are having something interesting to say, saying it well, being passionate about what you say, and making it relevant to other people.

    Relevance to other people might be the most important part. If people can’t see themselves in your shoes, then they might not care. That’s how you can use blogs to enrich your life. By the way, that’s a great line.

  5. I enjoyed this blog post, because often people think that whatever they write on their blog is book-worthy. In all reality, you need to have a focus and a purpose for what you are writing your blog about. It would be awesome to have a personal blog be made into a movie, but we have to keep it realistic and make sure we are writing for what truly matters: our readers. And if our readers happen to be a publisher, looking for the next best selling book, then we better accommodate their needs!

  6. Your story/real life scenario is one I think every journalist dreams about wanting. I absolutely love the movie Julie & Julia and how you brought it to real life was golden. I seriously wish I could be this lucky/get someone famous to look at my blog or make me stand out in a peculiar way like she did! This all goes into the fact of life that dreams really can come true!

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