Turning my blog into a book

 

I had a marriage blog called I Love This Husband & Wife Stuff: 365 things I love about being married.  When I got to the 365th thing, I decided to stop.  The blog is still online but I am no longer adding posts.

I wanted some physical record of the blog so I made it into a book on Blog2Print.  It is a personal keepsake.  But I also wanted to make it into a book to sell on Amazon.

I have been working on this book for a few  months.  Whereas writing the blog was mostly fun and exciting, turning the blog into a book is tedious and requires discipline.  I still want to do it but when I sit down to work on it it’s just not fun.  And, I like to have fun!

I guess that’s where commitment and hard work come in.  Just like marriage isn’t always fun, when you want to do something important or good, you have to push though the challenges and difficulties.

There is no substitute for hard work.

Thomas A. Edison

So, that’s where I am now.  I have about 127 pages of text from the blog and I’m about a third of the way through.  Have you converted a blog into a book?  Are you considering it? If you have any tips or encouragement you’d like to share I’d appreciate it.  Thanks.

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2 responses »

  1. Hi Karyl,

    Thx for the pingback.

    You’re right…taking a blog and putting it into book form is quite a bit more tedious than the daily blog posting approach.

    There are two reasons for this…one, you’re looking at “eating the entire elephant” at once during the editing/revision process instead of “bite by bite” as when you posted to your blog on a regular basis.

    The other reason is that you now have to create a flow to your book that isn’t required in blogging. You may be trying to create your book in the same order that you wrote the blog postings, or you may be trying to force a story to fit with another just because you don’t know where else to put it.

    What might work is to create some general categories and then collect the stories/blog postings that best fit into those categories. This way, there is a sense of cohesion that might be missing when trying to put together all your blog postings. Find a good way to link those related stories together, use good segue techniques, at a good intro and conclusion for each section so the reader has that sense of completion when they are finished reading a section.

    Good luck on your project!

    Best regards,

    Kathleen
    KDBWriting.com

    • Thanks for your great comment. I had been thinking of keeping the 365 things format but I am now considering making chapter based upon topics.

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