Feb 082009

While the publishing process still has its mystique, and each publishing house has its own style and approach, the writing process is usually a closed and mysterious too, with its content closely guarded until it’s published (and sold), since people are paying for the content. Things are changing.

naked-conv-bookA book published in 2006 opened it up — Naked Conversations: How Blogs are Changing the Way Businesses Talk with Customers. The authors, Robert Scoble and Shel Israel, posted their book’s content on a blog, and invited feedback on the draft version. Leaning into the power of the wisdom of the crowds, the book was polished in the open, and got published into a hardcover book. And the book still sold well. (How well I can’t say; I don’t have access to those numbers.)

The authors blogged milestones in their publishing process, Publisher’s Proposal 1.0 + Not Quite Fully Transparent + Publisher’s Update + We have our publisher! . And as they wrote, the book‘s (draft) content’s was posted online:
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Sep 272008

Lots of buzz words dominate the conversations I’m hearing: excellence. productivity. purpose. effective. passionate. mission. vision. results.

Frankly, it’s overwhelming to me. The past 2 weeks have been humbling to me, and I’ve had to slow down. And, Craig Groeschel spoke to this powerfully last Sunday. Towards the end of my travel season, some circumstances have indicated to me that I gotta pace myself better and add margin. No need to worry about me — my health is fine.

So, what I’m learning is to not push myself so hard, trying to be frenetically driven, always looking for ways to be more productive, more excellence. It strikes me as being more workaholic. I’m not saying that we shouldn’t do our best, or that we shouldn’t grow and improve ourselves. Not to say we shouldn’t achieve and do great things. What I am saying is there’s more to being human and healthy and sanity.
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May 132006

Got a question from Bruce Reyes-Chow about how to increase blog readership, and thought I’d share with the public too. That’s the beauty of blogging, it’s easy to share information with the public instantly, and search engines help people to find it right here. And, if you’re sharing stuff that lots of people want to read, and you’re the only one with that info, then you’ll get a large audience. First, my executive summary, then more details.

  • Get registered with search engines
  • Blog well and blog often
  • Join the conversation
  • Provide valuable information
  • Share the web address via other media channels

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May 282005

I’m hailing from Vail, Colorado, this Memorial Day weekend, participating in a conversation about faith and culture. It’s called The Vine, a national gathering going on for 6 years now. Something I’d wanted to be a part of for years; this is the first time I’d been able to get it onto my schedule and make the trip. Good conversations, or at least, conversation starters. There’s a wide range of young professionals from many vocations and industries, Christian traditions, and around the country. I’ve had to drink pints of water to slowly get acclimated to the mile-high altitude; and shortness of breath is not conducive to enjoying more conversations.

The Vine has masterfully provided a framework for a variety of voices to be presented and represented in a safe place– every attendee comes as a presenter. The theme this year is Called to Relationships: being the City of God. I’m weighing in with 2 presentations titled, Virtually Incarnational: Relationships over the Internet, and Becoming a Multiracial Church. (These are mere 3 to 5 minutes briefs; manage your expectations accordingly.) The former I’ll type up from my raw notes from my Treo 600; the latter are a re-packaging of my previous blog entries on the multiracial church.

As an aside, I had thought of titling this entry, My Roommate was Andy Crouch. But I refrained, for lacking a creative bent to make it into a compelling read. Fictional fabrication and embellishment is not my forte’. For the record, he is a great roommate and an excellent conversationalist.

Feb 162003

Here in metro DC, with over 12″ of the snow on the ground, and maybe 20″ or more before day’s end, it’s a great day to be web surfing and blogging. Of course it’d be even better skiing, but the roads are treacherous, even the interstate.. but we did get out early enough to hop onto the Metro and worship at the train station church, great music, great vision, enthusiastic people who look like they enjoy being there; they’re looking to launch an Arlington branch in September, God speed to them! On the drive back from the metro station, almost didn’t make it into my own street b/c of the snowbanks from the plowing on the main road. But determined to get inside so I could do my blog entry, spun my tires a few extra times, and made it half way up the driveway..

my profound thought of the weekend.. I’m in the middle of no mans land, b/c I do like deep thoughtful and/or personal conversations, perhaps more of a philosophical or psychological bent (which I’d call personal), I don’t do the small talk stuff well with the average joe I meet at social occasions, and then I don’t do well with the high-powered conversations amongst those who talk among academia. The latter group do have the capacity to engage at very thoughtful levels, tho’ usually not personal; and the former don’t readily exhibit the capacity to do neither thoughtful or personal. Occasionally I do find a virtual dialogue on the internet, from those who find my web site or blog, and we have some great exchanges.. and those do thrill my soul. One of those conversations about the meaning of the atonement, now with transcript online. New theological categories may indeed be helpful for how people process God-truths.