I find myself at odds.
This last weekend I spent most of my available time re-writing the 10,000 word How to Play a Character post ... realizing, naturally, that the post on the blog is sort of in the ball park but is in fact an awful lot of shit posing as advice. An awful lot. But this is how writing is. In retrospect, all the works of genius that we think we've written turn out to be just so much crap (if it doesn't, then I don't want to ever read anything you've written), so we rework it, rewrite it, clarify the bumpy parts and do a better job. Good work is sometimes done off the cuff ... but good writing is a lot of good work done over and over again.
The question is, in reworking the How to Play post for the essay book, should I: a) delete the original post from the blog; b) leave the blog as is; or c) update the blog to reflect the book version.
Sorry, I should explain about the essay book, for those who don't know. In the interest of raising additional money for printing costs, I'm taking up Tim Brannan's suggestion of putting together some of the good blog posts from the past into an essay book, obviously updating and improving the writing. This I am doing.
I don't think option (c) above would hurt my sales. I know that many of you out there plan to buy the book just to support me, while many of the people I would be selling the book to have never heard of the blog. It has the beauty of hiding my errors and making me look like a better writer.
(b), however, has the beauty of exposing my errors and proving that not only am I not perfect, no one has to be in order to be a better DM, or a better writer. Plus it offers the opportunity to be genuine. Which I like. Still, people could read the original and think, "Wow, the essay book must be awful," a fair assessment from how bad I think that original blog post is, now that I've looked closely at it.
(a), deleting it completely, is the really cheap option. The business model option, to be honest, the option that Monsanto would do because corporations think along the lines of, if you take it away people are more likely to pay for it. I don't like option (a). At all. I include it because someone is going to suggest it, and because I want to express my awareness that the option exists. I frankly don't think the option is a good one.
The same three options exist, of course, for any other former blog post I'm going to work on. I've identified six I plan to include; I need two more, which I haven't quite decided upon. The Steamy Sex post, though very popular, will not be one of them. I did consider it.
I'll have to decide upon some precedent for all of them.