Blooks: 13 Blogs that Became Books

A few years ago when my blog was beginning to create a buzz, someone asked me, “Why bother? Where will it take you?” Lady, you’d be surprised. Blogging can open so many doors. I actually wrote a short ebook discussing the places blogging can take you.  Blogging is a marketing tool, an online portfolio and may even lead to much bigger projects, such as a book deal.

The other day as I was watching Julie & Julia, I wondered if there were other movies about bloggers. My research didn’t turn up much and I ended up taking it in a whole new direction. I knew some bloggers had turned their blogs into books, or “blooks,”  but I had no idea how many.  Though I know of at least 30 blooks, here’s a sampling of my favorites:

13 Blogs that Became Books

1. ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income


Darren Rowse and Chris Garrett took the same practical information offered on the popular blog about blogging, and put it into book form.

2. Stuff White People Like: A Definitive Guide to the Unique Taste of Millions

Stuff White People Like

White people like to take stuff and make it into books. One of my favorite blogs became one of my favorite books, a win-win situation.

3. Passive Aggressive Notes: Painfully Polite and Hilariously Hostile Writings

passive aggressive notes

So I won a coveted parking spot at the elementary school at the annual basket auction. However, someone is always parking in my spot and even though it was effective as of September 1, as of February 1 I have never gotten to use my spot — even though there is a big, metal sign on the edge of that spot that reads “basket auction winner.” Since I’m not sure if the people who park in my spot see this ostentatious metal sign, I started leaving notes on the offending windshield informing said parking spot thieves that, no, they didn’t win this parking spot and they need to pay better attention to the signage. I know they were ever so grateful for the reminder.

I stopped sending my little love notes once I began reading Passive Aggressive Notes. I’m afraid I’m going to read it one day and find my own handiwork.

4. I Can Has Cheezburger?: A LOLcat Colleckshun


Now you can take your kittens with captions everywhere you go.

5. Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously

Julie Julia

The blog that became a book that became a movie. The Julie & Julia project was my inspiration for this blog post.

6. Hot Chicks with Douchebags

hot chicks with douchebags

Hey I used to go down the shore every summer. I know what goes on there. Hot chicks with douchebags for sure.

7. Sleeveface


You know, if you told me ten years ago there would be a blog and accompanying book devoted to replacing one’s face with a photo, I would have rolled my eyes. I’ll tell you what, though – it works. Check out the Sleeveface blog and see what I mean.

8. Crazy Aunt Purl’s Drunk, Divorced, and Covered in Cat Hair: The True-Life Misadventures of a 30-Something Who Learned to Knit After He Split

crazy aunt purl

OK. So I have two cats and I crochet, but it’s not near as entertaining as Crazy Aunt Purl, the diary of a thirty-something knitter with four cats.
9. This Is Why You’re Fat: Where Dreams Become Heart Attacks

this is why you're fat

Deep fried and covered in bacon, indeed, this is why you’re fat.

10.The Joys of Engrish

Joys of Engrish

I think the reason Engrish is one of favorite blogs ever is because it reminds me so much of my home town in Queens, NY. I lived in a predominantly Asian neighborhood and signs such as those featured on the blog dominated the area. Fun stuff.

11. PostSecret: Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives


I sent a postcard to Post Secret once. It was never published.

12. Waiter Rant: Thanks for the Tip–Confessions of a Cynical Waiter (P.S.)

waiter rant

After reading Waiter Rant I realized the key to a good meal is how well you kiss your server’s butt.

13. My War: Killing Time in Iraq


Colby Buzzell, blogger for My War, left me touched, humbled and grateful I have people like him fighting for me.


Blooks in the works

These blogs received book deals and we should see a published effort shortly.

There are plenty more out there, and we’ll cover them another time. Have you read any good blooks lately? If so, share in the comments.

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14 responses
  1. Scott Perez-Fox Avatar

    Don’t forget Texts from Last Night. I’m ashamed to say that is now a book as well. Basically anything that runs of user-generated content.

    Honestly, I’d love to turn my blog, twentyhood, into a book. It’s a blog about life as a twentysomething, so not exactly a brand new topic. But I reckon it’s something folks would buy.

    Call me.
    .-= Scott Perez-Fox´s last blog ..Episode 40: Tea and Sympathy =-.

    1. Deb Ng Avatar

      I haven’t stopped by Text from Last Night in a Long Time – but a good recommendation. I like the UGC blogs for when I’m procrastinating.

  2. Danny Bixby Avatar

    “Stuff Christians Like” is another. It’s in pre-order right now, but ranking very well on Amazon.
    .-= Danny Bixby´s last blog ..How Has God Changed You? =-.

    1. Deb Ng Avatar

      Thanks, Danny. I’ll add this one to part 2.

  3. Stacie LCM Avatar

    Anonymous Lawyer (Stories from the trenches, by a fictional hiring partner at a large law firm in a major city)

    This one was a hysterical blog ( that was turned into a hysterical book ( I read both with great pleasure.
    .-= Stacie LCM´s last blog ..stacielcm: I am watching Sense and Sensibility, again. That makes about 10 ten times… this month. =-.

  4. Jill Preston Avatar
    Jill Preston

    This is very cool. Another vista opens.

  5. Anne Wayman Avatar

    Okay, now tell us how to do it… actually wasn’t there a whole site devoted to turning your blog into a book… (time passes) oh my – turn your blog into a book – gets About 369,000,000 results (0.31 seconds) arghhhhhh…. back to traffic building… one of my quests at the moment… thanks Deb.
    .-= Anne Wayman´s last blog ..FREE Roadmap To Blogging =-.

  6. Angela Avatar

    Great list, I will check out some of thse. I believe Postcards from Yo Momma has also become a book.

  7. Maria Popova Avatar

    Always love a good blog-turned-book story – a true testament to the power of smart content curation.

    I’d add Cassette From My Ex and Strange Maps. Oh and Daily Monster.

  8. zenguin Avatar

    Super excited for the BikeSnobNYC book to come out this Spring:,book-info/store,books/products_id,8698/title,Bike-Snob/

    And the “Blog” of “Unnecessary” Quotation Marks, due in the Fall:

  9. Elizabeth Avatar

    This is so true. Course I did a lot of journaling before doing any blogging. I wrote my first book in February of 2008 – Sounds Like A Doll. I’m a Doll Designer and Doll Maker. I now freelance as NY Doll Examiner. All this writing really opened up my imagination and my quest to write forever!! I’m so pleased about my book.

  10. Laura Spencer Avatar

    Fascinating topic Deb!

    I was familiar with a couple of these blogs and several of the books, but was surprised to see that how many blog books there actually are.

    This is a great, unique article. These kind of posts are why I come here. Keep up the good work!

  11. Sue Avatar

    I started this blog recently about growing up on a farm with a large Irish Catholic midwestern family of eight girls and one boy.

  12. R J Dent Avatar

    Secret Diary of a Call-Girl by Belle De Jour
    The Internet is a Playground – David Thorne – David Wong

    These three writers all started as bloggers and got major book deals…

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