I discovered two superb posts about how one blogger’s blog became a book. Now, Gina Trapani, author of Lifehacker, didn’t set out to blog a book, but she offers some great information–not unlike the information I’ve offered–on how to blog a book. She also describes the process she went through to take make her blog into a book.
Notice that in the first post, she says she posted 12 times a day every day for 9 months. Wow. That goes along with what my friend pro-blogger Bill Belew says: post 3 times a day until you reach 1,000 posts. Then you’ll see traffic show up at your blog. Traffic didn’t just show up at her blog; an agent did.
In her second post, Trapani tells you how to organize your blog posts into a book if you didn’t do so earlier. She organized over 5,000 blog posts into book format.
I tell you to create a manuscript as you blog your book. However, if you didn’t set out to blog a book–which Trapani did not–her great advice!
In this second post, she also explains the process she went through writing the book and working with her editor at the publishing house. She explains the methods she used to write her book in five months–turn turn those blog posts into a usable manuscript.
Here are Trapani’s posts: