Last Updated on November 28, 2018

Articles by or about authors who have gone from blog to book:

Software platforms that can help you with the process:

  • PressBooks publishing platform
    A publishing platform that is actually built on WordPress (#1 blogging platform in the world and my favorite solution for maintaining a home base.)
  • Blurb
    Promises to “slurp” your blog for import into a platform that will help you turn it into a book.
  • Blog2Print
    This service says it will turn your blog into a professionally printed book – starting at $14.95.

Here’s an excerpt from Leading the Learning Revolution on going from blog to book:

From Blog to Book … and Back

One highly productive way to use a blog is as way to draft a cohesive longer work over time—essentially, to write a book. While most people are daunted by the idea of writing a book, producing smaller amounts of content is usually manageable. A blog gives you an easy way to produce and organize small amounts of content so they can ultimately be organized into a book. At the same time, having a vision for a book can help tremendously in coming up with topics to blog about on a consistent basis.

The trick is to start with a relatively clear roadmap to guide your writing. Whether you already have a blog or are starting a new one, take the time to map out major themes and related subthemes you would like to cover over time. You don’t have to write in the precise order in which you might present content in a book—that level of organization can come later—but your roadmap should help you stay within the general focus of your desired end product. (Even if you have no plans to publish an actual book, this is often a much more productive way to blog than simply throwing up random posts as they occur to you.)

Depending on how prolific you (or your team) are as a writer, it may take anywhere from months to more than a year for the content to add up to a book, but regardless, you wind up with a fairly cohesive body of knowledge that can be a true asset in your efforts to create knowledge and education products. Aside from being shaped into a book, content developed in this way can be packaged into articles, used as the basis for scripting a formal course, or converted into audio recordings.

Books and other products developed from blog posts are very often good vehicles for driving traffic back to your website and directing people to the range of educational products and services you offer.

 

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