How do people feel about a book of BADD posts? It can be done with the full involvement of anyone who posted and wants to be part of a book that brings together a truly great event.
There are two main reasons behind this, and I really don't want to let it fizzle out. The main one is that I know I for one would pick up a book more often than search around the web specifically for BADD posts. That's impairment specific to me, and kind of ironic given that much of my support network is online. But I also have this feeling that a book would prove a valuable asset to anyone interested in, researching or working in the disability arena. It could be a personal or professional interest, or both.
The second reason really is impairment specific. I would dearly like to read BADD posts in bed, and feel I cannot be alone (in wanting to read BADD posts in bed that is, not being alone in bed you understand, which actually I very much prefer - more room and an absence of irritating presences, like crumbs and...oh, you know, other irritating presences).
So, to recap. I think embarking on a book is a big but shared excitement and anyone who feels they can help could offer to help with proofreading and editing. A small team would be great as we could work out how many posts are involved and perhaps in the first instance divide them up. Then we'd bring them all together again and see what we've got. There's 164 comments over at Diary of a Goldfish, which gives a fair idea of the scale of BADD this year.
Update: Crucial information I left out: The vehicle for producing the book would be lulu.com which is a self-publishing site where you buy books at the cost of production plus postage. We'd submit posts once we'd got them all together and ready, and the book would be produced very quickly. That's the easy bit.
So I wonder whether Goldfish, when she is less wiped out than at present, would be willing to invite people to say "I'm in" over at hers. I don't feel I can do it here as I'm only really here to waffle on about how enthused I feel about getting a book off the ground. And I'm happy to keep waffling because I really want to help get this going. And Goldfish, if you remain wiped out for quite some time, all that's needed is just the initial "Who's Interested?" question asking. We can take it from there and a job shared is a job halved after all. Though I'm hoping more than two will be able to look through some posts. Five or ten would be great!
But the first thing to establish is who is interested. Then how many entries we're looking at. Then who is able to help organise the content. End of waffle.