This “project” is now ended – this page now exists for archival purposes only.
Top 100 Sri Lankan blog posts published in a book. The proceeds to fund services/programmes for rural e-villages. Think of it as bloggers giving away their words to benefit others. While getting some free publicity in return.
Of course it is a perilous idea. Who ever undertakes time, effort and cost to
- select the posts,
- “edit” them
- secure funding
- design the book
- publish the book
- promote/market the book
- funnel the money to the recipients
will be swimming among crocodiles.
Sinhala blogs deserve their own book but could be included in translation — yet another culturally dangerous task.
The ideally the book would have to be marketed to a hard currency audience. The overseas Galle Literary Festival regular would be a possible target demographic — hopefully one of many.
The design and printing of the book could be a nice Pro bono folio piece for a high end local design firm like we are designers. The editorial high wire act that such a book demands will make an interesting CV piece for an ambitious graduate student of the humanities or one of those new media studies. Ideally with a nice hard currency grant and the credentials of a university in the first world. Perhaps an NGO embroiled in ICT might lend a helping paw.
A recipe for the usual accusations (not without reason) of peacenik biases and compromising national identity. Naturally the undertakers of this task will have thick hides and ferocious persistence.
The bloggers who are willing give permission for their posts to be included will definitely benefit from the free publicity. Worth more than the pittance of royalties they might earn assuming if it is possible to distribute the money. Donating the proceeds will clearly legitimise the project.
As to how the whole conceptual, organisation and the technical package will be put together and executed, I leave to a better mind than mine. No doubt something similar to this has been bandied about. To increase the unlikely hood of this ever happening I’m introducing the idea of Friday the 13th.