It’s YOUR Blog – You Tell Me!

When I first realized The Pollyanna Principles was becoming a reality on paper and not just in my head, I promised to publish the first few chapters here at Creating the Future. Now that the book will be out in the next week or so, I am wondering – how exactly will I do that? This is the first book I have written since starting this blog, so this is all new to me!

Because this blog doesn’t belong to me near as much as it belongs to the people who read it, I thought I would just ask you. Here’s what I’m wondering:

1) How much of the book do you want to see at one time? The equivalent of 2-3 pages of a book? More? Less?
2) Would you prefer that the blog halt its normal posts, posting only those chapters for a week or so, then resuming “regular programming”? Or would you prefer that I break things up, posting a bit of the book, a bit of my normal ramblings, a bit more of the book, etc.?
3) What else? What am I missing re: how you want to read these first chapters?
4) If you have seen other authors successfully publish their first chapters online, would you point me to those good examples?

We are so excited about all of this – not just the publication of The Pollyanna Principles, but our more important goal this year: Having 100 Learning Communities in communities across the continent, supporting each other in putting The Pollyanna Principles into practice. (If you’re interested in having your community be one of those, send me a note here.) This is more fun and excitement than I ever conceived one could have in their “day job” and we are so pleased you all are part of the journey!

Thanks for any and all suggestions, gang. I look forward to introducing you to The Pollyanna Principles right here.

4 Responses to It’s YOUR Blog – You Tell Me!

  1. Hildy,

    Congratulations on the book’s release – I can’t wait to receive my copy!

    Personally, I think that a few well-chosen excerpts of the first chapters will suffice. Think of it as providing a little taste, without giving away the entire candy shop. I would love to read some excerpts, then perhaps followed by some of your thinking behind these sections (or a transcription of your notes), which would undoubtedly be followed by some lively dialogue in the comments section!

    And yes, I’d like it if you kept up the regular postings (especially the Monday rock outs!) in between. Not too much to ask for, no? πŸ˜‰

    Have you considered also a podcast? Some authors record their work and post it online (though I’m not familiar of the technical logistics behind this). It would bring a whole new dimension of communicating with your loyal readers. πŸ™‚


  2. This is all so helpful, Romi – thank you! A podcast is also a thought – hadn’t thought of that at all. So much to consider!!

  3. Hildy, I like the idea of keeping the blog posts more or less the same. For your chapter excerpts, is it possible to create a separate link within the blog. Folks who have only a few moments can simply read your blog. If one has a bit more time, they can clink on the link and read the book excerpts.

    Best wishes,