I was being so careful. I waited and waited for Ben to make some public mention about the book and in particular, something with my name to make sure it was real. So two days after posting this entry, the whole thing falls through the floor. Ben tells me that the market is just too saturated with blogging books for another one right now-- it's still a small niche to be marketing to in the first place.
It's a shame that Blogging Hacks won't be published, but now that I think about it a little, O'Reilly may have done the right thing. Following the Hacks series, it would have contained 100 assorted articles that cover blogging software and how to publish what you want for your weblog. But since it covers a variety of blogging software, the value to the consumer is lessened. I only use Movable Type myself -- while there would have been a number of MT articles in there, I would have no need for any of the ones on Radio or Blogger or any of the other packages. So instead of a book of 100 articles, I'd wind up with perhaps just 50 or so that would even be applicable to me.
In any case, expect to see some posts (in the near future) of the articles I wrote that would have been a part of Blogging Hacks.