Yesterday my day started innocently enough – with a hot cup of coffee and my Sunday NY Times. I pulled out my reading glasses (a relatively new necessity bowing to my age) and settled into my chair, hoping to learn just a little bit more about the world and times I live in.
My eyes immediately caught this little nugget on the Style page:
I was intrigued mainly by the fact that this was the first time I could ever remember the NY Times using the word “Blog” in a headline (hey, we’re mainstream!) . I also was interested in the little tease about the book deal.
I read on.
And here’s the punch line – a guy who’s never written a book before and has only been blogging since January just received an advance of $300,000 from a major publisher to write a book based on the blog.
Yep, $300K – that’s not a misprint.
What on earth could this guy be writing about that could attract that kind of money? What original philosophies and profundities are he posting that is stirring the masses?
He’s writing about “Stuff White People Like”.
It’s a clever satire on the “WASP” stereotype, although someone is quoted in the article as calling it prone to “snarkiness“, defined as “contempt before investigation“.
So its kinda edgy – edgy enough to attract plenty of attention (give the blog its due – it supposedly has gotten 1.5 Million hits), and a book deal.
But it’s still a BLOG – a periodic posting of individual musings. It looks like a blog, reads like a blog, it barks like a blog.
Just like my blog. I write a bunch of original things. Sometimes they are even kinda funny (at least I think so). I preach positivity and “half-fullism” and the benefits of great leadership. I’ve also been doing it much longer than this other guy – for over two years now.
I guess the missing ingredient is the “edginess”. I don’t write anything that could be interpreted as offensive. I don’t write about politics or religion.
Is that the “$300,000 difference”?
Well, maybe not. The article said the site “Gawker” got a book deal, but it only sold 1,000 copies. They are edgy, right?
Maybe it’s just plain weirdness that carries the day – I kid you not, there is a blog called “Skull-A-Day” that simply features skull images made from candy, sparklers and other “things”, and THEY GOT A BOOK DEAL.
Bottom line, I suppose it’s no wonder I haven’t been inundated with book deal offers- I have no edge and no weirdness.
But hey, I do have mystery – doesn’t that count? I blog under an assumed name. I’m living a double life. People I’ve known for 25 years don’t even know I blog.
I even have a name for the book – “The Secret Life of Terry Starbucker“.
Sounds intriguing, doesn’t it?
So Random House, give me a look-see!
Lark, Gotham, Crown, Harper, and St. Martin Books, check out the temple of Half-Fullism and lay down a few bucks on me!
Hey, I’m a Blogger Too!!!!!!
Is that a little too strong? Edgy perhaps?
What do you know! I just might be ready for my close up. 🙂