A No-Excuses Guide to Blogging is now available as a free/pay-what-you-want e-book
so that you can work your way through your excuses without having to click through lots of blog posts
Mock-up by Ramon Williamson
The cover I made for Amazon
The PDF looks prettiest if you're reading it on your computer or tablet, and the EPUB/MOBI version is handy for other e-readers. You get all three (and any future updates) if you grab it from http://sachachua.com/no-excuses-blogging
, or you can get the MOBI version from the Kindle store (currently $0.99, but eventually they'll price-match it to $0). The book is under Creative Commons Attribution, so feel free to share it with other people. =)
UPDATE 2014-02-13: Here's a one-page summary!
- Behind the scenes stuff! -
2014-02-13 A No-Excuses Guide to Blogging - Summary of 10 blogging excuses and how to work around them
So this was about 8 hours of packaging after I'd identified the topics and asked an assistant to compile all the blog posts in a Word document. I edited the text to make it fit better in a collection, fiddled with the graphics, added more sketches, tweaked the layout some more, fought with section headers, and eventually created a PDF that I was reasonably happy with. I contacted a bunch of people on Fiverr
about converting the DOCX into EPUB and MOBI. While waiting for a response, I decided to try doing it myself. It took me some time to clean up the messy HTML, but I'm reasonably happy with how the EPUB worked out. I had to tweak the EPUB table of contents in order to get it to pass the validator used by Lulu
, but eventually I got it worked out with Calibre and Sigil. The MOBI was a straight conversion from the EPUB, although I wonder if I can get the background colour to be white...
2014-02-05 Notes on publishing
So that was interesting and useful, and it would be good to do more. Here are some ideas for other "No Excuses"-type guides I might put together. Maybe self-directed learning and delegation, actually, since other people are covering the sketchnoting bit quite well.
2014-02-06 What other excuses can I collect and work around
There's also this list of other book ideas
, Thinking with Emacs
, Tracking Your Time
, Accelerating Your Learning with Sketchnotes
, and this big outline
. Lots to do. Looking forward to figuring out how I can get more of these out the door. =)
In the meantime... tada! http://sach.ac/no-excuses-blogging