Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Another Blog to Book

InventorSpot had a piece on another case where a blog became so popular that literary agents swarmed to represent a book by the blogger based on the blog.

The blogger: Neil Pasricha

The blog: 1000awesomethings.com

The topic: little things we savor

The book: The Book of Awesome

The book’s description: "a high five for humanity and big celebration of life's little moment," The Book of Awesome reminds us that the best things in life are truly free.

At what point did the agents come after Pasricha to compile his book of simple, brilliant things? When the blog hit 13 million page-views.

Anybody getting close to being swarmed?
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27 comments:

  1. Haha, I have approximately 760 page views, in four months, so still some way to go ... but, you know, exponetial growth can be very effective >:)))

    Cold As Heaven

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  2. Har! Not as close as you, Helen.

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  3. I don't think Blogger could *handle* 13 million page views without crashing....

    Elizabeth
    Mystery Writing is Murder

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  4. Gettin there ... only about 12.99 million page views to go! (wink)

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  5. Why yes! I should hit the swarmed status sometime in 2035.

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  6. Swarmed? Not in this lifetime...sigh!
    Karen

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  7. It's hard to even image that many page views.

    Okay, the mean person in me wants to know can a person just sit there all day and go back and forth to their page and it add up or would it show that it was the host doing it?

    Mason
    Thoughts in Progress

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  8. But does his blog get any comments?

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  9. Mason - good question! Although that would be a huge time-suck.
    Gee, glad agents have all the time in the world to read blogs.

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  10. I'm not one of his visitors, so I'm not sure he leaves his own comments (if he does, it's a lot more than I do on mine). Maybe he leaves a comment for every comment he gets. My guess is that someone looked at his visitors and saw how many were unique, how many returns, etc.

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  11. I've got that book - I had no idea it started as a blog!

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  12. I don't think I have 1000 things to say! But I'd settle for one awesome, published one. :)

    Michele
    SouthernCityMysteries

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  13. Well, I'm thinking my blog will be a posthumous success...

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  14. Not bloody likely. I have to agree with Elizabeth, I think Blogger would crash under that kind of weight. (Hugs)Indigo

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  15. Maybe if we came up with a totally new concept, posted every day, used lots of photos, promoted on all the best sites for hours at a time, etc. etc.

    Okay, totally new concept. You first, Helen. :)

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  16. Right now my concept would be really frustrating hotels with lousy Internet service. I leave comments here & at other blogs only to later discover they never posted. I'm now in the bar using my cell. Don't think anyone would buy the book. Needs to be something millions are interested in. Hmmm

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  17. I'm a sucker for stories about folks just doing something fun and then making it big. Good for them!

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  18. I have to say good for him. Blogging is work and he must have good writing or no one would have visited and spread the word for him.
    As far as making a book out of it, isn't that kind of the reverse of making a book into digital matter? Cheers for that.

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  19. Susan, I think what he did was get commenters to leave comments naming their most awesome things, then he compiled the best into a book. Then he had tons of commenters so he got enough fabulous responses and had a built-in readership.

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  20. I haven't checked Stat Counter in weeks, but I'm pretty sure I'm not that far.. :) Wow!

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  21. I haven't checked the stat counter in months, Jemi!

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  22. 13 MILLION page views? wow!

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  23. It is a WOW, Jenn. Hard to imagine.

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  24. wow, almost there.... short of 13 mil imp.. )'

    That is a wonderful thing to happen.

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  25. Yeah... um... no. Not at all.

    I'm pretty happy with my blog traffic right now. I hit almost 3,000 viewers in the past month.

    But three MILLION hits? I've got about two million, nine-hundred and eighty thousand to go...

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