One of the things I dislike about blogging is the volatility of posts: you write your heart out, and in a couple of days it’s disappeared into the aether, too far down for scrolling, rarely to be seen again.
Perhaps this is why Doug Pagitt has decided that blogs are not a good way to conduct discussion and debate. I disagree, but personally need a different format to keep up with what I’ve written. I just don’t find online archives a good way to browse back.
Hence I hearby declare the word created, and announce the arrival of Plogging: Publishing a hard copy of your blog.
I called the book (sic) – “an adverb used in brackets after a copied or quoted word that appears odd or erroneous to show that the word is quoted exactly as it stands in the original” – which sums it up pretty well I think. Mine is a beautifully bound edition of the unexpurgated posts, comments and tags from this blog, July – December 2005.
It’s really easy to do through Lulu – an excellent online publisher, which I think is going to radically change the nature of publishing as we know it.
Hardback edition available [here]
Softback edition available [here]
PDF previews of the first few pages are available there too. I’m personally really excited about having a hard copy of the blog – it runs to 260 pages or so – and being able to browse a book, rather than a screen! Looking through it, it’s amazing to be reminded of the stuff people have contributed… dirt, humour, insight. Doing so makes me want to challenge Doug to think again. Going private on discussion may not do everyone a service.
No I don’t expect any sales. And no I haven’t considered copyright of people’s comments ;p