First, off thank for all the astoundingly valuable comments, once I shouted and pouted a bit. I am taking a couple of weeks to think through what I've heard and will do a version 5 of the Overview at that time.
But what has been interesting to me is that several people complained that the five sections of the overview was too much to read. "People are too busy now, to read all those words, " I was told. "It may have been fine the first time around, but these days you need to keep it shorter.
This is interesting. The five parts I posted came out to 3750 words. The book will be about 80,000 words. If I follow the pattern of posting interview notes and updates on all sorts of things, as Scoble and I did for Naked Conversations, it means that I will post about 250,000 words on Global Neighborhoods. Some chapters will contain 10,000 words or more.
This was all pretty popular when we did it back in 2005. But perhaps, as one person commented, "The Novelty has worn off."
Maybe. David Weinberger used his blog to some degree on his last book, "Small Pieces Loosely Joined." He didn't to that this time for "All Things Miscellaneous." Taking the blog out of it makes it easier and faster to write a book. Your mistakes get caught by an editor, rather than the general public.
There's just one catch. The blogosphere helped Naked Conversations to write a better book. We could not have done it that well without the collaboration of hundreds of bloggers. This weekend I received the quantity and quality of comments that have already significantly improved Global Neighbourhoods.
This may cost me some points in Technorati ranking. My goal however is to write a book much more than it is to bask in the glory of Technorati measurement. In the Big Media Era of paper publishing, now coming to a close, tabloids usually outsold more esteemed publications. I won't call me esteemed, but I think many of you visitors are.
I think some of you will stay with me. I value you and I hope I provide some useful and interesting material, although I will have little choice but to go long on this book project. For those of you who want it, I will offer either a downloadable version or I'll email a Word version to whoever requests it.
It will be interesting to see how it works now that the novelty has gone.