"Without his blog, Chicagoan Andy Wibbels never would have written a book," Knight Ridder Correspondent Alex L. Goldfayn reports in an article I read in the May 18, 2006 edition of the Belleville (Illinois) News-Democrat.
According to Goldfayn, "Wibbels, 31, who writes a blog that teaches blogging for small businesses (www.andywibbels.com) was contacted by an editor who had been reading his blog. The editor was from publishing giant Penguin."
"Out of the blue, without an agent, without a book proposal, the editor contacted me and asked if I would like to write a book," he quoted Wibbels as saying.
Noted Goldfayn: "That book came out in April. It's called "Blog Wild! A Guide for Small Business Blogging", and it's a quick, relatively low-tech guide to blogging for small companies. As Amazon.com's best-selling book on blogs, it's performing well, too."
Dan Brown, Online Editor for the London Free Press, has a review of "David Kline and Dan Burstein’s 402-page-long tome, blog! — which isn’t all that good, but it did provoke some thoughts."
Those are Brown's words. I haven't read it so I can't judge the book.
This is the same Kline and maybe the same Burnstein that contributed to The Call here in Chicago in the 1980s. Kline went into Afghanistan during the Soviet occupation when very few American reporters were willing to go. We held a lot of conversations during his days in Chicago. I doubt he would remember them.
River, who started blogging shortly after the U.S. and Britain's invasion of Iraq in 2003, added: "I’ve been walking around in a bit of a daze since I found out. I feel like it’s all happening to someone else and I have to keep reminding myself of it- while filling the water tanks, while cleaning out the kerosene heaters for storage and while changing the newspaper in the parakeets cage (“I hope you know the person cleaning out your cage is a Samuel Johnson nominee…”)"
Conclusion: "The David army envisioned by Mr. Reynolds may well, in the long run, end up beating the Goliaths of big media and big government into submission. In the meantime, let's hope for a more modest goal: that it can make them a little better at doing their jobs."
K K Sruthijith of India's DNA Evolution says "Literary blogs — normally content running interviews with little known authors and reviews - are enjoying a sudden spurt in popularity, thanks to two literary controversies." Read "Bloggers damn the million lies man" to see what controversies he's analyzing.
Something else I learned about Ana Marie Cox after reading Lincoln (Nebraska) Star Journal online editor Steve Smith's January 8, 2005 review of her novel "Dog Days": She is "a graduate of Lincoln Southeast High School."