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My project had been: how sustainable can a" normal" family be in a suburban northern environment.

It's a long on going project since I refuse to be too abnormal about it and get special help.  I have considered writing about it: book, video, blog, whatever. But I see a lot of people doing the "hey! I did some permaculture! Look at this!" And I don't want to waste my time if I'm going to be just another one of those.  I know no one is doing exactly what I'm doing and I know I can be a good writer.  I'm not just poking around in a garden.  I'm poking around in the home.  Going for minimal inputs and out puts. Zone 5-6, 0.22 acres.  I keep tossing the idea of publishing my experiences on it around,  and then thought brilliantly that more brains on this idea might poke it in one direction our the other. Your thoughts? Publish our no? If so,  what medium? Thanks!
 
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I think it's a great idea.

You could document your adventures as you go along, with a blog/vlog/combo.  At the same time, write a book with more details.  The blog/vlog/combo could help generate interest so that when you approach a publisher, they can see you already have an audience who are keen to buy your book.  

You can also monetize your blog/vlog/combo.  If you don't want to go the way of the ugly google adds about teeth whitening and new jeeps, you could set up as a permies affiliate and with Amazon, and only market what you think applies to your adventures.

This seems to be a topic that people are increasingly interested in.
 
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From what I can tell from my own experience, such a project is a labor of love.  I've written a lot here on permies and I had/have a neglected "blog" as well as a youtube channel with a few videos on it.  My experience has been that I get way more feedback here on permies than anywhere else.  With that in mind, I'd say that it's good to have a blog or whatever but make sure to promote it all over the place if you want it to get attention.  Most of the traffic to my youtube stuff has come from cross posting links to it, here on permies.  Even still, the threads with those links get way more views than the videos ever will, I suspect.

I encourage you to start a writing/video project and make sure you add links to your stuff on your permies profile and signature.  Post relevant stuff that you create in new threads and maybe consider the benefits of the "thread boost" function at the bottom of every thread.  That can help drive traffic to your site as well. 

We certainly need more people to be documenting everything they're working on, especially in suburban type spaces.  There can't be too many voices in this space, so I say go for it!  And promote the heck out of it so we can all see it.

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Yeah, I noticed getting the word out can sometimes be challenging.  Try garden stuff in mid winter- hah!

Well, reviewing what I've done maybea good exercise for me to gain insight anyway. Any advice/ honesty opinions are appreciated.

Thank you!
 
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I've often thought that I would go through my own posts here on permies and find the best stuff and make that into an ebook or something.  Maybe ... someday.

 
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Go for it :) If you enjoy it anyway then no harm. From what I see, being consistent is very important for people finding/reading your stuff.

I have set myself the goal of writing something every week (and an extra post where possible) for a year. It’s just for fun but I have noticed my stuff getting click throughs from the search engines more. Of course your basic seo is important too.
 
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I wrote this up a couple of years ago as a result of reading through all of my posts about my experience with chickenshttps://permies.com/t/47084/Chicken-story#375383
 
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If it's well written, your pics are awesome then you will find readers. And probably the best is to keep it local. Locals want to know about local things,when to plant were to get....
 
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I suggest doing a Vlog, and supporting it with articles with more detail.
 
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From my previous (unpermacultural) experiences trying to attract readers to blogs targeted at a niche audience, I agree with the other posters here who say - only do it if you like writing. Do not expect to make any money. Blogging  is just like any other writing - lots of people try it out and have fun, but only a very few people can earn decent $ with their words. Do it because you have something you want to say and hope to get into the heads of others. Also, I would add, if you're doing it in the understanding that you enjoy it, it's entertainment for you, then don't feel obligated to stick to a schedule for the rest of your life. Just do it until you don't want to anymore. And enjoy!
 
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