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Stuff White People Like Book Poll

Does Turning a Blog Into a Book Make Sense?

The fella behind the ubiquitous blog Stuff White People Like has published a book based on the blog. I've been interested in how this might turn out and stumbled across this review of the book in Variety:

Anyone who reads Stuff White People Like without perusing the blog it is based upon first, might well wonder what all the fuss is about. Stripped of the blog's media riffs, hyperlinks and swiped photos — its very blogginess — the tome must rely on the wit and insight of its "research findings," and there's not much of that.

This review taps into something I've been suspecting: that a blog format isn't necessarily all that translatable to books. The Fug Girls have a book out and I have to say, while I love their blog, I'm not sure I'd like it in book form.

What do you think? Are you hesitant to buy a blog in book form? Or do you think the mediums complement each other well?

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jemimajane78 jemimajane78 8 years
I'd PREFER to read the book than the blog! Purely because it's more accessible! And, sure, if it's a good blog - publish away!
ashleykins ashleykins 8 years
Ahh! I love Michael K. But otherwise... blogs are only fun because they're updated and have new stuff everyday.
juicylove juicylove 8 years
the site was entertainign for a bit but it got kinda boring and like.. okay this isnt funny anymore.. how many times can you say the same thing over and over.
bushra bushra 8 years
I plan on reading Petite Anglaise and Wife In The North, the only blog book I have read yet is the Amazing Adventures of Dietgirl, based on, which is well worth a read!
renny renny 8 years
Mimi Smartypants has a book that is hilarious.
Charlie Charlie 8 years
It depends on the blog's content. Some blogs wind up telling stories, which can make for good books if the writing is solid enough and if it's not just a straight ripped collection of blog posts. The key is good writing, I think.
Francesca-Fiore Francesca-Fiore 8 years
Wow, I was going to answer this question about an hour and a half ago, but I've been drawn into reading WaiterRant all morning. I will totally buy that book. Thanks for the link, Bisque! :) I think it really depends on the blog- for example, WaiterRant works because it's relatively timeless. It's not dependent on the immediacy of pop culture to make it interesting. Whereas, as much as I adore the Fug girls, their blog has to be current and immediate, and by the time something were to make it into a book you'd have seen it a million times in US or Life & Style or on dlisted. It would lose most of its appeal. That said, I haven't read the Fug book yet, and maybe they found a way to make it work. I'm not sure about Stuff White People Like- I guess it also depends on how they make the transition.
MisterPinkNoTip MisterPinkNoTip 8 years
The Long Tail book wasn't very good. (Magazine article first, then blog).
Liss1 Liss1 8 years
Kevin Smith did this with his blog. I didn't buy the book but i always read his blog. It is very funny and entertaining.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 8 years
If Michael K from Dlisted wrote a book, I'd be the first in line to buy it.
Bisque Bisque 8 years
For one thing, I'd buy the book of . I know the writer said that he isn't working in the Cafe Machiavelli anymore, but I do reread his blog (my fave entry: ) and wish that I'd get the book soon. :)
chatondeneige chatondeneige 8 years
The Fug Girls' book is actually pretty entertaining. My mom bought it and I read parts of it when I was staying with her. But to be honest, Stuff White People Like, while a great blog, just isn't going to cut it for me.
stefsprl stefsprl 8 years
Some blogs I wouldn't be so sure about, but the woman from Petite Anglaise has a book that recently came out, and I'm excited to read it...I guess it depends on the subject matter.
fashion4ward fashion4ward 8 years
Huh, I'm really intrigued...
angelinemarie angelinemarie 8 years
i love this site! so hilarious
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