Having a blog, a voice, having my own media, utterly changed my life. Suddenly my career as a cartoonist wasn’t dependent on other people: “The Gatekeepers”—publishers, editors, Hollywood executives, etc., etc. Suddenly I had direct contact with my audience. They had direct contact with me. I could just do my thing, without having to wait for somebody else to give me the “green light.” I didn’t have to wait around for somebody else to deem me “worthy.”
This was the freedom I spent most of my adult life searching for, the same freedom I believe we’re ALL searching for, in one way or another. Careerwise, blogging gave me everything. Even in the early days, the benefits of blogging were so glaringly obvious to me, I couldn’t understand why more people weren’t doing it. Ten years later, I still can’t. So I decided to write a book about it; maybe I can help other people find this freedom, too.
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About the Author
What People are Saying About This
“Hugh Macleod blah blah blah genius blah blah artist blah blah read this now!”
—–Seth Godin, author of WE ARE ALL WEIRD
“This book is a benevolent kick in the pants. Hugh loves you, so he won’t sit idly by while you drown your muse. Freedom is a gift. Open it. Go romp in the creative grass. And then write Hugh a long, tender thank-you note.”
—–Sunni Brown, leader of the Doodle Revolution and author of GAMESTORMING
“Hugh is once again dead-on right—–about blogging, publishing, thinking, and underwear. Nobody figures it all out and says it better with a few wonderfully terrifying pictures than Hugh. And I know: after all, I’ve written and drawn entire books in my PJs! (Shhh, don’t tell my publisher!)”
—–Dan Roam, author of THE BACK OF THE NAPKIN and BLAH BLAH BLAH
“The Web ninja-guru-maven faction has saturated our lives with books purporting to teach us how to succeed online. This irreverent book from Hugh MacLeod, filled with his trademark cartoons, will knock them off the shelf—for good.”
—–A. V. Flox, editor for BlogHer.com
Maybe I expected too much, but as a fan of Hugh's previous efforts I felt that this collection would have been better suited to his newsletters. As a book it reads like a blog - which isn't necessarily a ding - and it feels disjointed. My main criticism is that, well, it's not his best work. The subject is treacherous to begin with and I don't feel like there was enough new thought in here to justify a book. Skip this one and go reread "Ignore Everybody."
Awhile back I was in the library glancing over their section where they put they're new or up and coming novels when I saw this one. Since I'm a blogger I just thought this book would offer me a few chuckles. Unfortunately this book was not amusing, entertaining or witty as I had hoped it would be. In fact I actually had to force myself to continue reading this itty bitty 128 page book. Throughout the whole book I was waiting for the author to be witty but instead I was met with a mish mash of comics and nonsensical ramblings about the authors life here and there. Plus I was still waiting to see how this book related to blogging at all really. Not once did I ever get a true sense that the author was a blogger until he mentioned it in the text. If he hadn't I would never have known. As for the little comic sketches that he included I thought they were poor drawn but maybe that's his style I don't know but I did not see the point of any of them and thought they added nothing to the book. Overall, I don't really think the book had any purpose really. I mean it was just a bunch of rambling so I never really got the point of it and that in itself was my biggest irritant. I would not recommend this one to anyone but if you do want to read it, borrow it from your library first.