From Blogs to Books

You may have heard of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month, which starts November 1st), but what and when is NaBloPoMo?

Well, National Blog Posting Month is like NaNoWriMo in that it emphasizes discipline. Participants must post on their blog every day for a full month, with no word count requirements or restrictions—the objective is to get into regular writing with a clear end goal in mind.

Every month features a new NaBloPoMo challenge, with different themes. Since November is the most celebrated month for writing, there are prizes and promotions in store if you sign up.

So what are you waiting for? Start clacking on that keyboard and take a ton of pictures, because there is an audience out there just waiting to see what you’ll blog about. If you need motivation, here are a few blogs that hit it big and made the leap to become published books:

Jessica Amason’s This Is Why You’re Fat: Where Dreams Become Heart Attacks

“Nasty foods” are disgustingly delicious, and an absolute guilty pleasure to look at and read about. With everything ranging from two pieces of fried chicken sandwiching a bacon cheeseburger, and yellow buttermilk cake topped with maple syrup butter cream frosting, to several pizzas stacked into a cake, what started as a popular picture blog evolved into a book featuring the world’s most over-the-top-food.

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Claire Belton’s I Am Pusheen the Cat

Move over, Hello Kitty, because Pusheen—the chubby, tubby tabby cat—is in the house. What began as adorable comic strips on Tumblr has now expanded into not only a book, but also tons of merchandise including t-shirts and stuffed animals. Follow Pusheen on her adventures and spoil your eyes with the artist’s beautiful artwork (because let’s face it, nothing beats cute drawings of cats and food).

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Julie Powell’s Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen

Julie/Julia Project was a blog that chronicled Julie Powell’s attempts at cooking all of the recipes in Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Within a short amount of time, the blog quickly gained a huge following, a book deal, and then ultimately a movie adaptation, starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. Talk about every blogger’s dream!

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Visit here for our full list of blogs to books! Let us know what some of your favorite blogs are, or link us to your page—we are always on the lookout for new reading material!

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