As I mentioned in a post a couple of days ago on the Bruce Eisner Journal I am getting ready put Memes for the Creation of a New Culture, a book I began writing online on this blog, in its new format, as a separate WordPress weblog on bruceeisner.com. at the directory http://bruceeisner.com/new_memes/.
Of course I have been talking about doing this for a long time. If you visited any of the sites the new bruceeisner.com you have looked at that black bar at the top of the page and have seen New Memes Book Coming Soon.
You have to realize that for someone who has been afflicted with writers block for a long time, procrastination is a habit that is hard to break. So I have spent a lot of time working on the framework for the book and not that much time writing it.
Before showing you what the book is going to look like when it goes live, I want to ask again for your help in writing this book. I am most seriously in need of a good proofreader but welcome other roles in the book’s future development.
In order to move the process forward. within a week, I am going to place the entire first chapter which has been written (minus your future additions and comments) plus the first few sections of Chapter 2 which are mostly complete.
I am going to remove fragments and notes that I have currently added to the rest of the chapters and chapter sections and leave them blank for now. They will be place holders with static web address urls for what is still to be completed.
Nobody has published a book online in the way I am trying to, so I am sure that there will be glitches in the framework but its time to kick its tires.
The image at the top of this post is the opening portion of chapter 1. The book will be made up of pages like this instead of long posts like the way this same material was originally presented on Vision thing.
In fact, the book is made up of WordPress pages rather than WordPress posts. They may look the same but have many technical differences. These differences include not having dates on them and their ability to be nested in a hierarchy rather than in a linear sequence. There are some down sides of doing things this way including having to create custom RSS feeds for the book and that they are harder to get seen and spidered by search engines.
The last thing I want to show you is some of the navigation features which I also have described on some informational pages on the site.
This is from the last section of Chapter 1. At the bottom of each section, there are navigation cues. There are different cues on each section, some tell you what came before, others what is next.
In sections at the beginning and end of each chapter there are also links to what is above at the top level of the chapter. For example in Chapter 1, if you click on “Up on Level” you end up here.