It’s been 3 weeks since I launched my first ever book. Yes BOOK! I’m not sure if other bloggers feel this way but the jump from blog to book was especially hard for me. I don’t consider myself a writer let alone an author, even though I do now "write" for a living. In my mind blogging is completely different than writing and traditional media outlets. My blogs are creative expressions, full of pictures, videos, thoughts, quotes, questions, and comments. Frankly, they are also full of mistakes, misspellings, and I’m sure in the eyes of an editor, are grammatical nightmares–but that’s ok. They aren’t "finished."
They will never be finished.
The great thing about blogs are their endless lifespan. They are never completed unless the blogger chooses to stop. They are living, breathing, creative expressions meant to start dialogue and discussion. At least in my mind they are. Although, I do agree with Michael Conniff, there really is no true definition of a blog.
A book, however, is finished before it is released. It has a certain number of pages. It can not be easily updated. It can not be edited quickly when mistakes are found or new information presents itself.
Books also require a publisher or printer at the very least. They need tangible resources where blogs only truly require the time and energy of the blogger.
Don’t get me wrong I’m NOT anti-book but as a content creator they scare the crap out of me especially from a development and publishing stand point. I am very comfortable in the blog-o-sphere. I have complete creative control. I understand the medium. It just feels natural.
Yet I took the leap and wrote a book. Why?
It seemed like the next logical step. For all the time and energy I spend on the blogs the fact that I don’t have anything tangible frightens me. I have nothing to hold. Nothing to sell. My thoughts are out there in a digital home that is very fragile and in a sense, temporary. That’s scary too.
I’m not sure where I’m going with this except to start a discussion about blogs and how they compare to books. What is it about this medium that makes writing less scary and publishing so simplistic? Is blogging killing publishing? Or is it helping? After all, I would have NEVER written a book if I didn’t first start blogging.