Every since I began this blog I’ve been repeating over and over again that you are blogging a book. And, indeed, you are. What do you end up with, though, once you have a printed book based upon that blogged book? A blook.
That’s right. A blook is printed book that contains or is based on content from a blog.
I thought the word worthy of a post detailing its origins, since you may very well produce a blook.
We can trace the first use of the book to Tony Pierce’s book, published in 2002. He compiled selected posts from his one-year-old blog and turned the collection into a book called Blook, a title suggested by his blog readers during a contest. Jeff Jarvis of BuzzMachine won the contest and subsequently invented the term. Pierce went on to publish two other blooks, How To Blog and Stiff; none of his books appear to still be in print.
Of course, by now—2012—you can find many blooks on the shelves of libraries and bookstores. And many a blogger has landed a book deal. Not only that, more and more bloggers are realizing they are sitting on a ton of content that could be turned into a book. Writers and bloggers alike—just like you—also are becoming aware that they can plan out their content and blog books, a much easier way to complete the first draft of a successful self-published book and or a traditionally published book. Along the way, you might even blog your way to a traditional book deal.
When it’s all said and done, you’ll end up with a blook. Who woulda thought?