We recently got this question from a reader:
“Many people in my life have told me that I should write a book. It seems to be a theme! At first, I thought they were simply being kind but for some reason or another, people actually WANT to hear what I have to say and God has used the things I have written or said to encourage many believers and nonbelievers. If there are people out there who would subscribe and read… I could write for hours on end without coming up for air. All that being said, why start a blog as opposed to writing a book?“
I will start by saying that I only have experience starting blogs and have yet to write a “real” book, but over my years of blogging I have watched a lot of people start blogs on topics they love and I have also watched a lot of people write books on topics they love.
I have seen a lot of self-publishing authors try to sell their books from their website and/or off of Amazon and watched many of them sell very few books and find themselves frustrated at the process. On the other hand I have watched some great writers start blogs, build a devoted following, and then get a publishing deal to write a book. If that weren’t good enough, many times they already have most of the book written within the blog posts on their blog.
Having seen what I have seen over the years, I would say unless you have a book deal lined up, starting a blog and spending time and energy to build a following is a much better idea. For me, now that my main blog has 9,000 subscribers, it would be pretty easy to launch a book – even if it were self-published. In addition to that the blog was able to provide a decent income after just two years. I am pretty confident that if I would have just written a book I wouldn’t have done nearly as well.
Like I always say, there are tons of ways to make money online, and if you want it bad enough you can find a way to make it work.