There’s isn’t a single person among us who doesn’t read at least one blog. Most of us read several and even more of us have our own. Blogging is easy, fun, and typically free. It also provides a platform for writers everywhere to express themselves and have their work be read. If you take a look through a modern bookstore, though, you might see a surprising number of books written by people who started out as bloggers. Not every blog achieves such popularity, but as platforms evolve, more and more random people are finding more success than they ever thought possible.
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If you know the name Tucker Max, you likely either want to be him or want to kill him. A blogging pioneer, Max was posting stories of his drunken womanizing exploits on his personal webpage before ‘blogging’ was a term. These stories quickly became popular, prompting Max to compile them into several books, all of which sold very well. His most popular work I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell (a title inspired by a direct quote from Max himself) was made into a 2009 film.
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One of the most recent bestsellers written by a blogger is Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson. Lawson, known as “the bloggess” found success in writing a blog about her irreverent lifestyle. Many readers found this relatable and still do. Her book, which described her life from her childhood in rural Texas to her life as a wife and mother, made so many people laugh that it reached the top of the New York Times Bestseller list. In 2015, she publised Furiously Happy, a second memoir that has also sold very well.
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Any wine enthusiast will be familiar with Gary Vaynerchuk, the man responsible for the popular video blog or ‘vlog’ Wine Library TV. Vaynerchuk began his career as the co-owner of a New Jersey wine shop, but when his blog achieved alarming success, he was offered a seven figure book deal writing about how he got to the top so quickly. Since then, he has published several bestselling books on the subject.
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A favorite blogger and author among corporate CEOs is Tim Ferriss. Ferriss is an expert in productivity and neurology and his unique approach to efficiency in the business world made his blog “The 4-Hour Workweek” very popular. His book with the same title quickly became a bestseller and was followed by several others. Ferries ultimately so successful that he was offered a job as a guest lecturer at Princeton University.
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They say that you can learn more from failure than success. That certainly seems to be true for Timothy Sykes, who first began writing after his hedge fund failed and he suffered great financial losses. His blog quickly took off though, and his book An American Hedge Fund: How I Made $2 Million as a Stock Operator & Created a Hedge Fund detailing the lessons he learned throughout the process ended up doing very well. Now a writer for AOL Finance, Sykes has been featured on almost every major news network.
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