Bloggers always have something to say

Blogging is great for source material. While in Boulder to give a talk at CU, I was also invited to talk about seasteading for a luncheon club. Not having prepared any material, I just started with yesterday's post and went from there. (I'd actually thought about doing that one as an audioblog, but didn't feel up to the technological challenges while on the road.)

And its not just speaking, of course, blogs are also good book seeds. Consider Arnold Kling's Learning Economics (based mostly on TCS articles), or today's USA Today article on bloggers getting published. The intro is terrible: "Conventional wisdom would seem to suggest that bloggers — people who post personal stories and fiction on their Internet Web logs — would turn up their noses at the brick-and-mortar world of book publishing." I mean, come on, we're all attention whores. But it then goes on to discuss a number of bloggers who have recently gotten book contracts.

Which makes me muse: will the Catallarchy logo someday adorn a book cover? Who knows what the future may hold...

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Need an agent? A book deal

Need an agent?
A book deal would be very doable for this blog.
The guy who got me blogging, wil wheaton,[www.wilwheaton.net] got a multi-book deal from his blog, notably Just a Geek.
OK, he's famous, but then, so are you. Jyoti Mishra suggested I write a book, on the basis of comments I'd made at wheaton's blog's forum [www.tehsoapbox.net.] Haven't written a book yet, but I started blogging as a way to ease into it. Wheaton and Mishra are both big on diy; wheaton was self-publishing before he was picked up by O'Reily. Today's he's in vegas researching the next book, of poker stories.
Self-publishing can be as simple as shoveling your blog archives onto a cd and selling it via e-bay, cafepress, and places like ThinkGeek.
Being a published author gives you some additional status in certain circles, whether you sell 12 copies or a million.