I have been having a fun time lately going back through the close to 900 posts that I have written on this blog since early 2004. It has been fascinating to remember what I was thinking, where I was on the right track, and where I was on the wrong one. As a personal reflective ePortfolio, it has been more useful, enjoyable, and fulfilling than I ever could have imagined when I started it.
But I am even more amazed at the number of people who have found it worth reading. We’re up to about 3,500 non-robot page views a day. That’s just mind-boggling. It makes a little more sense to me now that I have been joined by great authors who regularly post interesting content to the site. But I am still continually astonished and gratified by the number of people who seem interested in what I have to say and who are so kind to me when I meet them at conferences and other professional gatherings.
All of which brings me to an idea that I’ve been playing with lately. I’m thinking about putting together an eBook that is a retrospective of eight years of e-Literate content. I would create just a few categories, publish the posts for each category in chronological order, and add commentary (both for each post and for each chapter) about what I have learned and what I find interesting about it looking back. These would be my posts only, although if the experiment is successful I would consider working with my featured bloggers on a sequel (assuming they are willing).
I would like to charge for the book, partly because it would be nice to have a non-icky way to defray some of the costs of maintaining e-Literate—I’m up to $99/month in web hosting fees now—but mostly as a way of learning more about how people value the work we do here. I know roughly how many people are interested in the content when it is free, but how many think it is interesting (and hopefully useful) enough to pay for it?
So here are my questions to you:
- Without thinking too hard or paging back through the site archives, are there any e-Literate posts that are particularly memorable to you? If so, which ones are they and why did they stand out in your mind?
- If you would consider reading such a retrospective, what would you be looking to get out of it? Why would you find it interesting?
- Would you be willing to pay a few bucks for an annotated anthology of blog posts that are freely available online?
- Why, in general, do you read e-Literate? what do you get out of it?
Thanks in advance for any perspective you can give me.