Thursday, May 5, 2011

Another One Bites the Dust?

Another one of my favorite bloggers just got a book deal. I greet this news with foreboding. On the one hand, when someone produces content that I and a whole lot of other people like I am happy for them to be offered the opportunity to turn their content into cold hard cash. They do good work, and they should have a chance to get paid for it. Google ad revenue only goes so far.

However, in my experience a book deal means that the blog in question suffers. The author, with their time and attention occupied by new book-related things, starts posting a lot less and/or quits posting about whatever it was that made me like their blog in the first place and starts posting about their book: the writing process, the editing process, the publication process, going on book tours, etc. It's natural for them to be excited about these things, but I DON'T CARE. The blog slowly but inevitably turns from a source of happymaking content to just another place to promote their book, and I quit reading it. It makes me sad.

Fortunately, this is a problem my blog will never have.

4 comments:

  1. Hyperbole and a half?

    ~Kellie

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  2. It's possible that a book deal contract means you have to stop posting that kind of content.

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  3. Kellie - Yes! Read it, love it, while you still can. You will especially enjoy The Alot.

    Stephanie - It didn't occur to me that this might be a contractual thing, but if so I'd say the publishers are shooting themselves in the foot. Getting a book out takes time, and the last thing you want to have happen during that time is for the primary fan base to lose interest and move on.

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  4. yes, but that person really deserves a book...he/she is so talented!

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