I started writing things online occasionally in the late 90’s, and pretty regularly by the 2000’s or whatever we’re calling them. Especially after the Elian Gonzolaz thing. By 2003 I’d written a hell of a lot and I thought it would be a good idea to collect some of those individual blog posts into a book and publish it. I spent weeks digging through random archives from various publishing platforms and finally got a document together that I thought would be good to print. I titled it “A Paperback Blog” because I thought I was being so very clever. Then I started looking around at the options and the costs and got frustrated and gave up. I forgot all about it until a few weeks ago when I found that final collected file.
I thought about it for a while, about the advice I’d gotten from my friend Wil who whole heartedly recommended lulu.com and about this post by Seth Godin that Jason sent me. I thought about the feedback I’d gotten from this post where I contemplated writing a book. After rereading the archive file I decided what the hell, and went ahead and published it as an ebook.
Officially, as of mere minutes ago, you can download it for free from my lulu store. Yes, 6 years after the fact, “A Paperback Blog” is now available in digital only format. Har har har.
This should be exciting, but it’s more like embarrassing. Before you take that plunge I just want it to be perfectly clear this is a collection of things I wrote many years ago that hasn’t been touched since. For the 3 of your who have been reading my blog that whole time these will be familiar but for others they will be new. I haven’t messed with them so ideally the things I wrote back in 2001 still reflect how I thought ant felt back in 2001. No 2009 spin has been put on them so I sound very much like the annoying 20-something I was when I wrote them. Trust me, this is both a good and bad thing.
Mostly this is a test run, I wanted to see how easy it was to do this and the biggest problems I had were with Word. I’ve got a few other writing projects that I’m hoping will lead down this path as well and I’ll keep you posted as those progress. In the meantime, enjoy the old stuff.
Link once again: A Paperback Blog