I’ve noticed in the recent months that some submissions have received negative comments when they had any form of commercial activity associated with them. A recent post I made about MNT Reform finally launching their crowdfunding campaign was a post that received such feedback. I felt quite odd about it because other posts about the same machine were quite well received and people appeared quite excited looking forward to crowdfunding campaign. There were other similar examples.
What I wanted to know is how people here feel about doing “Show Lobsters” posts about projects you create that are commercial. I’m asking this because I enjoy writing books and have released both FOSS and commercial programming books in the past. Recently I’ve been wanting to transition from freelancing to book writing and can see more commercial books in my future. I know that simply sharing the URL to a book buy page is not what this site is all about, but I’m sure that while I’m writing the book I’ll discover some cool stuff that will become blog posts and articles, which might tie into a book. I’m afraid of sharing such posts here and people vote it down simply because it tie back to some commercial book I’m writing.
When you’re doing personal projects which are content focused, it is a bit hard to find what is acceptable as a post or not. TBH at the moment I don’t have anything book related to share, but I though it would be prudent to have a conversation here before I go crazy writing a post that can’t be shared.