Scratch a blogger, any blogger, and most of them will admit a yearning to write a book.
I’m not sure why the thought of writing captures so many people’s imaginations, especially when many published writers complain about how tortuous the process is. Unless you’re Jamie or Nigella, it’s no way to get rich, either.
I started my blog even though I wrote for a living because I wanted to be the boss of something, to have complete editorial control. I don’t know about you, but I’ve found that to be a heavier responsibility than I thought it would be. It’s a bit like expressing a desire to build your own house and then realising you don’t know how to wield a hammer. I recently read about this blog and felt very amateur-ish, not least because it is put together by a chef, a photographer, a stylist and an art director. (Yes, an art director. Don’t you have one for your blog?)
In the meantime, I’ve already ticked something crucial off the list. I’ve turned my blog into a book. No, I haven’t enticed a publisher to throw lots of money in my direction (though, you know, if there are any out there, don’t be shy…). Instead, I’ve done it myself, in a matter of minutes.
I used this service – which turns your blog into a downloadable PDF in about five minutes. It’s really simple and it’s free, though for the sake of good karma and helping the internet keep working, it’s only kind to make a donation for their trouble.
Quite apart from having a ‘book’ under your belt, the best thing about doing this is that you have a handy copy of all your work – text, images and even comments from readers. Because I might not lie awake at night worrying about whether or not I’ll ever get a book deal, but I do occasionally panic that my blog will vanish, never to be seen again.
Now that’s sorted, I’m going to direct my thoughts to a bit of homepage improvement for The Kitchenmaid. No, I’m not about to ask my HR department to start advertising for an art director, but it’s time for a refresh. Any advice on that front (or indeed, any art directors looking for work experience), do let me know…