As you may have gathered from previous posts, before I finished Create Your Own Blog, I started work on book number 2. I’ve been a little cagey about it, but with things pretty much set now I can tell you that I’m writing a beginner’s guide to WordPress called: Using WordPress. This book will follow other Using… books from Pearson where the book is aimed at the novice and will also include screencasts and podcasts to go along with the book.
It’s very exciting to be working on my next book already and this book is going to be a good challenge. You don’t realize how much you don’t know about a topic until you have to write a guidebook for it. Going through just the outlining process was intense and now with me being well the writing, I can say that working through just setting up and installing WordPress taught me a more than a few new tricks.
Tentatively the book should be out mid-2010. Pearson has asked me to work on a very tight deadline, which is a reason I might be rather scarce at social events until March. My plan is to clear the decks over the next while to get a lot of the book done. Then, of course, we have the Olympics in the second half of February, perfect time to do the final push on the book.
I’m very excited to be writing another book, especially one on a topic I am passionately interested in! The screencasts and podcasts included with the book are aimed at showing you some of the more step-intensive parts of working with WordPress or (in the case of the podcasts) to give you more insight into WordPress with interviews and discussions on WordPress topics.
As for which version of WordPress I’m writing this for, the answer is 2.9. I’ve been using 2.9 since the first public release (2.9 rare) and even pushed this blog to 2.9 beta 2 last night. As for the big changes coming in WP 3.0 (merging WPMU into WP core), I’m going to just have to play it by ear. If I’m lucky I’ll be able to get a look at early builds of 3.0 and certainly during final author edits I hope to be at least able to comment on what is in and out.
This is part of the problem with writing a book like this. WordPress is a constantly moving target. Giving you a tour of all the options today, might be meaningless in a year from now. My goal is to make the book as general as I can while still covering the current version in depth. It’s a lofty goal, but I think I can pull it off.
And I’ll see you in March sometime when I emerge from semi-secclusion.