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.


  1. Hyperbole and a half?


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

  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.

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