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How would you structure a book that contained your favorite comments on fluther?

Asked by wundayatta (58625points) December 13th, 2010

If you were writing a book based on your own comments (not anyone else’s), how would you structure it? How would you deal with the shortness of the comments? Would questions be necessary to provide context or would you do that in a different way? Do you have a name for your book?

I think there are a number of advice books out there, although I’ve never read any of them. I’m not big into advice. But some people must be or those books wouldn’t sell. Do you think that the kind of advice found on Fluther would be of interest to a wider audience? Assuming it was a good book, do you think many people would buy it, or only a few random jellies?

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erichw1504's avatar

Title: A Little Slice of Sarcasm

Description: All the knowledge, advice, and honesty you can handle with a boat-load of sarcasm sprinkled in from

Examples include: Yes, I guess if they’re that thirsty, Because it hurts, and 111,111,111×111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321

coffeenut's avatar

My book would be called “The Fluther Experience”
It would be made out of Black Leather, with gold edged paper
It would retail for $149.95

In the first chapter it would have the Fluther guidelines…

Chapter 2–4 would cover “The Fluther Experience” in more detail

Chapters 4–8 would cover….()()() I’m sorry, you’re free preview has ended…Please contact your local Bookstore for availability and purchase options..

Coloma's avatar


A day in the life

Memoirs of a wacky bohemian country chick.


Humor from the middle of nowhere, or, nothing is all THAT serious! ;-)

Kayak8's avatar

I couldn’t get Kindle to buy the idea as IPhone says they already have my collected works.

Fred931's avatar

I HAVE AN IDEA “oh God…”

Imagine, but with Fluther. That way, the question along with the one-liner can be there, or more. That’s what I’d do. White fades between the question at the top and a good comment if it’s further down than a few comments.

seazen's avatar

Mine would need context for the posts, or at least the question. My hundreds of questions could fill a book – but it would be called Zen’s questions on fluther: mostly crappy, sometimes funny; it depends on whether he’s up or down. Subtitled: Where did the years go and why did I waste them asking stupid questions?

ZAGWRITER's avatar

@seazen, “The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity.”
Albert Einstein

I think questioning isn’t a waste of time. Perhaps time spent thinking that we never have to ask questions is a waste of time, maybe? =p

seazen's avatar

@ZAGWRITER I liked that. But trust me: most of my questions were crap.

LuckyGuy's avatar

Page a day reader style. Something that can be read and understood while in the bathroom.
You would not want to put all the same subjects together . That would be boring and repetitive. If they related to the calendar, e,g. holiday, seasons, foods, it would fit nicely and discourage people from devouring it ill at once. A page a day style let’s people digest it and think about the subject it while gong about their day.
My writings are not worthy like someone else’s on this page.

wundayatta's avatar

@worriedguy That’s actually an interesting idea. Don’t sell yourself short.

Jeruba's avatar

Maybe I would gather up the comments that pertain to a given topic and see if I could weave them into a coherent essay. With any luck, my choicest comments over the course of 11,151 responses might add up to a dozen pithy little essays. Not enough for a book, though, I’d say.

wundayatta's avatar

@Jeruba That sounds like more work than I even thought. Not worth it.

Jeruba's avatar

I doubt if more than a few (of mine, anyway) would stand alone. That’s the problem. Either you have to bring along the context or you have to supply a new one. That means either using the work of others, which you ruled out in your question, or creating something that makes sense on its own. Yes, it would take some work, all right. Were you thinking of compiling a book? Some of your posts have been pretty complete little essays in themselves.

wundayatta's avatar

I was thinking about it, but not seriously.

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