I need your help! I’m thinking about putting together another book. It would be a collection of blog posts––some of my favorites and others would be readers’ choice. At this point, it’s just in the should-I-or-shouldn’t-I-do-it stage. And if I decide to, which ones do I choose?
There is precedence for me creating books out of my blog posts: The Crossings Guide began as segments I had created as fillers when I was not home during the first year and a half of writing this blog. And the core of The Cancer Blog is the 16 posts I did while undergoing chemo. I added more chapters but the blog posts were the main part of the book.
This time around, I may use the ones with the most intriguing titles:
#291–My throat was slit (May 2021)
#235–No, it’s not a crime scene (April 2020)
#102–Quickie wedding in Vegas (June 2013)
I may use some of my favorites:
#305–Montana and Mission Possible (October 2021) and #306–Onward to Yellowstone (October 2021) both of these are about my family’s trip of a lifetime.
#298–I am woman, I am strong, I am resilient (June 2021)
And more favorites:
#264–Walking Circles in the Sand (October 2020)
#245–A life of white privilege, who knew! (June 2020)
#217–The ups and downs of a single day (March 2018)
#136–Budgets & old folks require flexibility (April 2014)
#110–Rewards and revelations of research (August 2013)
I also like the ones where I had to do some research:
#360–The case against the death penalty (October 2022)
#321–The why behind my cancer (January 2022)
#271–Remembering Big Basin (September 2020)
#253–Restless Leg Syndrome (August 2020)
And I especially like the ones about unlikely topics:
#300–In praise of my refrigerator magnets (July 2021)
#283–Happiness is a new septic tank (March 2021)
#240–In praise of rest stops (May 2020)
#234–Happiness is toilet paper (April 2020).
The photo essays also meant a lot to me:
#273–Ornaments and memories (January 2021)
#243–Sir Groucho––a photo essay (June 2020)
#241–Rhodies, glorious rhodies (May 2020)
#204–Arrival in Bakersfield (January 2017)
A few were on a more serious note:
#315–Surviving aftermath of Pearl Harbor (December 2021)
#311–Thoughts upon turning 80 (November 2021)
#254–Anyody can be scammed (August 2020)
#190–Travel woes at SFO (January 2016)
And then there are the ones most visited by readers:
#244–Mari’s Books is now Books and More in Yachats (June 2020)
#269–Life and the Good Feet store (December 2020)
#223–Where has the summer gone (November 1918)
And some of the fabulous trips with my sister got a lot of hits too::
#197–A gen-u-ine vacation (July 2016). (A road trip to some of the famous sites of the Northwest that included Port Angeles, Victoria, Seattle, and the San Juans.)
#224–227, November and December 2018). (We flew from Portland, OR, to Portland, ME, rented a car, and took a road trip along the coast of Maine, covered in four blog posts.)
#230–232, March 2020. (We flew to Washington D.C. and spent 16 days exploring all the sights we planned to see and much more, covered in three blog posts.)
I have written 371 posts prior to this one. And I thought maybe 40 or 50 of them might make a good book. Or it could be more or less or no book at all. I would love your input on whether to do it, and if so, how many and which ones.
Each post listed has month and year to find easily in the archives, if you wanted to check out any of them. I would also like to use the photos used in the original postings. This book will not be out any time soon. At best, mid-2024.
I greatly look forward to your input. Thank you!