I've been thinking about nanopublishing for about a year now. But admittedly, I was looking at it more as a participant. That is, I was considering applying to become a blogger for Jason Calacanis's Weblogsinc.com or Torsten Jacobi's Creative-Weblogging.com - or even the the upcoming 9Rules network.
When I interviewed Jason a few months ago, I didn't think about becoming one of those people "who may want to start their own small blogging empires."
But, as I started working on my new site, AboutWeblogs.com a few weeks ago, the thought suddenly struck me: I love online publishing. I've been at it for years on a miniscule scale. I love blogging. I've been at it for years too. So, why not put them together?
It was a 'duh' kind of moment. As in, why didn't I even think of that before?
I guess the thought was just a bit too daunting and I know I'd be forced out of my comfort zone. But then, nothing ventured nothing gained, right?
So, partly for experiment/research, partly as a business venture, and partly for the mere love of it, I started AboutWeblogs.com - the blogging network - from scratch. Well, it's more like a mini-blogging network really --- not an empire.
At this stage, I've got five active bloggers and three still "in the works." There are ten "live" blogs, and maybe 4-5 blogs still coming up. This doesn't include my other 'main' blogs - ShaiCoggins.com (this blog), ChrysalisCreativity.com, FreshWave.TV (video blog) and Shai in 60 Seconds (podcast).
Anyway, I'm just hoping to be able to document my experiences as a nanopublisher operating on a shoestring budget right here. So, stay tuned!
Shai has been managing and blogging here at ShaiCoggins.com for 17 years. Here, she writes about creativity, productivity, and how to recharge for a better, happier lifestyle. She is the author of Today: Life Journal, Colour Bliss: Kaleidoscopes, and a little known children's book. A serial entrepreneur, Shai also currently runs Vervely.com, a boutique digital media agency offering online content, community, and conversion marketing services. Her blogging experience and digital work have been featured in various media, including being listed in Fast Company's "Most Influential Women in Technology" list. Originally from Manila, Shai lived in Singapore and the USA before moving to Australia with her British husband. They have two children, a pet bunny, and a rambunctious rescue Labrador.