I’m a huge fan of self-publishing.
In fact, for the vast majority of new writers I’d recommend it over the traditional publishing experience.
However, it comes with a big fat trap: you can publish anything you want.
With a couple of clicks I could, after writing these words, publish them to Amazon as a $0.99 kindle eBook. It wouldn’t even be difficult.
But should I do that? Probably not. Firstly, a blog post and a book are different things. They have different purposes, styles and content.
Secondly, this might or might not be a topic that’s worthy of (another) book. It could be, but perhaps that’s not the way to go for me personally.
Last, even if 1 and 2 weren’t right, the words here might be rubbish.
While I’m a big believer in removing barriers and just getting on with stuff, that doesn’t mean that I just go ahead and run forward with ill-advised brain spasms (at least, not too often).
Somewhere between the people who spend 10 years writing a book and then never publish it, and those who publish all sorts of rubbish, is the place to be.
For me – I’m generally going to hit publish more often than not.
Because I think that’s more fun.