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FROM BLOGGING TO BOOK CONTRACT

1. WHAT IS A BLOG

Tales From My Tiny Kingdom to show elements

Probably the most well-known mommy-blogger (though she wasn’t a mommy when she started)

Dooce

Variety of bloggers

Some mommy and daddy bloggers – though they write about much more

Rice Daddies MetroDad Rockstar Mommy,
Motherhood Uncensored Girl’s Gone Child
2. HOW I STARTED BLOGGING

The article my friend emailed me that started it all.

Typepad hosted his friend’s blog.

Maybe Oprah would be surfing and laugh about “The Naked Baby Kidnapping Caper” and she’d show it to Stedman, and then Gayle, and next thing you know everyone in America would be tuned in.

Important to practice writing and also to read:

Book Reviews Virtual Book Club Meeting # 7

3. HOW TO START A BLOG – Things To Consider

Host

Simple DesignIndigo Girl

More Design: Waiter Rant A Little Pregnant
Laid Off Dad

Bitch Phd

Title: Funny and Self-explanatory

BusyMom

Breed ‘Em And Weep

Suburban Turmoil

Dad Gone Mad

Catchy but mysterious:

Defective Yeti Boing Boing

Address: Domain name – get yours

Marketing:

blogexplosion

technorati

Top Momma

Miss Doxie Julia

d) Respond to readers – either by email or in comments

George W. and Porter: BFF help from readers much appreciated
4. WRITING ON THE WEB VS WRITING IN REAL LIFE

a) Competing against a lot of blogs

100,000 created each day and Technorati tracks about 57 million, according to this article.

b) Importance of font – Compare Funny Mom with Tiny Kingdom.

c)Interactive- because of comments – Crime & Punishment

d) Can add pictures

What Not To Wear In Bed – one of most popular, but not adaptable to a piece in book

can be lazy Vague Remembrance of Things Past

e) Links

It’s Natural But It’s Rated “R” – “crotchety” a link in subsequent pieces

f) Stats!
5. HOW BLOGGING CAN HELP YOU WRITE ELSEWHERE

a) On The Web

LUCK – iVillage

PURSUE OPPORTUNITIES

Babble

Strollerderby

MetroDad, Sarah and the Goon Squad, The Zero Boss

Plenty of press coverage about it- Time Magazine article

Search “bloggers needed to write

b) Outside The Web

Lindsay of Suburban Turmoil now blogs and writes for The Nashville Scene (This is web site but is also a traditional paper and ink publication)

6. WHERE’S THE MONEY IN A BLOG

It’s hard to find

Porn!

Amalah

Adsense, Google Ads, Federated Media (Dooce) BlogHer (Busymom)

article how to count readers for ad purposes and how best to decide which are the most valuable to advertisers

ProBlogger

Anne Glamore’s Gife Guide To Boy Toys

7. Book Contract

Helps, Can hurt

Gawker article

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