As you guys know, the Underground Blog is always bustling with activity. We may not look like much when there are thousands of blogs on the Internet, but whatever. I know we have an audience, and real people are being helped by real people.
The first secret project was revealed several months ago, and the result of that was the birth of our sister blog, “Welcome to the Other Underground.” If you haven’t seen it, you can go to http://tug.cjb.net
On that site, we have articles on topics that may not be worthy to post here on wordpress.com in fear of another suspension or worse. I cannot risk that anymore, hence the sister blog.
Now what is secret project #2? Right now it has no release date. It was just an idea that has been stirring around in my head for the past couple weeks and now that I am starting to have some more free time (wait, what free time? – see newsletter 2), and it will be a committed effort to get it done, when I feel it is done.
What am I talking about? I am seriously thinking of writing an e-book and when its done to have it released here on the blog for free.
What’s an E-book?
An e-book is basically a book converted to PDF form. It has a title page, table of contents, chapters, sections, etc. Pretty much everything you expect from a book.
What will it be about?
I don’t have exact details yet. In short, I will be taking all the top hitter articles and putting them into the book. The funny part is there has been times when I wanted to learn or remember something, and instead of searching google, I just search the blog for the answer! When you get to that point, I think you have something gold here.
This blog in short is almost like my technical diary of knowledge. But I felt like I needed to go the next step, so here we are at with the e-book idea.
I will most likely have stuff related to console modding, various PC tips, and maybe, just maybe, exclusive underground content that is not on the blog. Perhaps one of the tips from the newsletter will be in the book, you never know. Also, I maybe have specific articles on gaming to play online, as well as life tips? The role model for this is Lifehacker’s “Upgrade Your Life”, and I wanted to do something like that too, but for underground purposes.
Will I accept contributions?
Of course! If you want to do monetary donations, I’m down with that but seriously that is not necessary. If you want to submit an article into the book, by all means you can. Just email me and I will have your name with your article fit into the book.
Right now I have Voltaire on board to be co-author, so we will be collaborating and making sure the content is just right.
The book will most likely be volume 1, and over the course of time as we get more tips, I’ll make a new series. We shall see once I get to that point.
Graphics Designer Needed
The old saying goes “You can’t judge a book by its cover”. True. In creating the new underground E-Book, I want a flashy “book cover”. With that said, if you are a pro in photoshop, or have a friend that is one, let me know.
I don’t have any ideas on what the cover art should look like, but maybe we can throw ideas around and see what sticks.
It’s too early to tell when it will be release. The goal is sometime in 2009, but when exactly I don’t know. It depends on how hard I work at it and how the community contributes. What I do plan to do is have an update maybe once or twice a month, either here on the blog or perhaps the newsletter to internally motivate myself to keep the project alive.
I’m sure with your anxious support, this will not be difficult at all. :-0
If anything, at the end of this project, I will have an offline book in my possession that I can refer to for years to come. It is similar to like school or at work. You write your notes on a bunch of sticky notes, and over time you forget or lose them. By putting everything into one place or document, you have all your important notes at your fingertips.
Sounds interesting? Want in on the fun? Let me know!!!
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