You can blog if you want to and O'reilly would like to tell you how.
May 31, 2002 8:04 AM   Subscribe

You can blog if you want to and O'reilly would like to tell you how. Some have commented how antithetical it is for bloggers to keep a secret, even if a book deal requires them to. Well, these folks would like you to comment and contribute.
posted by piskycritter (4 comments total)
On surface looks good. But the old game: send in this and that and I will get a book and sales out of it. You work; I collect.
posted by Postroad at 8:56 AM on May 31, 2002

Hmm. Maybe it'll be really good! But mostly I think, oh, a print book... about internet tools. Isn't that like drawing about music?

Why don't they just keep the book as a series of PDF files? Like, for free, ahem. Why would "internet pioneers" privilege the form of a book?
posted by RJ Reynolds at 9:54 AM on May 31, 2002

Aimed at a technology-literate O'Reilly audience, Essential Blogging shows how to install and use the major weblog tools: Blogger, Radio Userland, Blosxom, and Movable Type.

A book on installing and using well-documented (okay, maybe not always) tools? Yeah, real technical, that. I was hoping for a book on building a content-management system. It would contain some basic info about HTML, CSS, XML, CGI, Perl, PHP, MySQL (perhaps other database stuff like XML:DB), all in one handy volume. Okay, maybe not.

NB: This post threw quite a few false spelling errors for words that should probably be in mefi's dictionary. Even "mefi's" isn't included! Serves me right for not knowing how to spell.
posted by Eamon at 1:34 PM on May 31, 2002

Disclaimer : A friend of mine is involved with the O'Reilly book.

That said, I don't think this book is aimed at people who already have weblogs, or people who are particularly technical. My impression is that it is intended as a survey and how-to for those new to the addiction.

Also, the call for comments is for short pieces to be included in one chapter of the book - they won't make up the whole thing. All of the chapter for the O'Reilly book are already available for review, online. Can't get much further from 'secrecy' than that...
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 9:09 PM on May 31, 2002

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