i just sent off the “Blogging” manuscript!

I just sent in the manuscript for the Blogging book I’m writing for Polity Press! Hooray!

It’s not quite finished yet. Now it’s going to be read by readers, who’ll give me feedback on it within the next five or six weeks. Then I get a last chance to make changes. And with luck, it’ll be published about a year from now.

I’m mostly pretty happy with the book – it’s going to be awesome! There are some rougher patches, but I’m sure they’ll turn out well too with feedback from readers and not least, the luxury of totally ignoring the manuscript for five or six weeks and then returning to it with fresh eyes.

Hooray! And if you’re interested, the table of contents is below the fold. Of course, it could be modified in the final round of editing, but this is what it’s like at this point:

BLOGGING
Table of Contents 2
Acknowledgements 5
Introduction 6
Chapter 1: What is a Blog? 10
– How to Blog 11
– Three Blogs 15
– Personal Blogs: Dooce.com 16
– Filter blogs: Kottke.org 19
– Topic-driven Blogs: Daily Kos 22
– Defining Blogs 24
– A Brief History of weblogs 30
– Who Blogs? 40
Chapter 2: From Bards to Blogs 41
– Orality and Literacy 42
– The Introduction of Print 47
– Print, Blogging and Reading 50
– Printed Precedents of Blogs 51
– The Late Age of Print 54
– A Modern Public Sphere? 57
– Hypertext and Computer Lib 61
– Technological Determinism or Cultural Shaping of Technology? 65
Chapter 3: Blogs, communities and networks 69
– Social Network Theory 71
– Distributed Conversations 74
– Technology for Distributed Communities 77
– Other Social Networks 81
– Publicly Articulated Relationships 90
– Colliding Networks 92
– Emerging Social Networks 96
Chapter 4: Citizen Journalists? 101
– Bloggersí Perception of Themselves 104
– When it Matters Whether a Blogger is a Journalist 106
– Objectivity, Authority and Credibility 110
– First-hand Reports: Blogging from a War Zone 114
– First-hand Reports: Chance witnesses 117
– Bloggers as Independent Journalists and Opinionists 121
– Gatewatching 124
– Symbiosis 127
Chapter 5: Blogs as Narratives 130
– Fragmented narratives 130
– Goal-Oriented Narrative 132
– Ongoing Narration 134
– Blogs as Self-Exploration 140
– Fictions or Hoaxes? Kaycee Nicole and lonelygirl15 142
Chapter 6: Commercial Blogging 148
– The Human Voice 149
– Advertisements on Blogs 152
– Micropatronage 158
– Sponsored Posts and Pay-to-Post 159
– Corporate Blogs 165
– Engaging Bloggers 171
– Corporate blogging gone wrong 175
Chapter 7: The Future of Blogging 181
– Implicit participation 182
– Perils of Personalised Media 183
References 188
Blogs mentioned 195

10. October 2007 by Jill
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