Friday, December 07, 2012

Printing the Blog

I have been working on my blog since August 2006. I have often wondered how much writing and work it actually entails.

Earlier this year I discovered Blog2Print, which allows you to create a book from your blog. It works with various platforms, including blogger, wordpress, and some others. There are of course other companies that do this, but this is the one I have been working with. It has suited my purposes just fine!

My blog had so much in it it couldn't handle the whole thing at once, but I was able to break it down into years and/or volumes to get the whole thing printed out.



With this printing company, you can choose between a hard cover and soft cover, black and white interior or color, and you can determine the pictures on the front and back. There are some limitations; you can't put your name on the front, for example, like a book (Blue Country Magic by Me).  They insist on a dedication page, which I turned into a byline page instead.



The process creates an index of your posts. You can also go back into the software and delete posts. So I was able to take out things like "blogger was down yesterday" or things that I didn't care if I kept for posterity.


I did a first one to see how it worked. I found the cost reasonable and I liked the results. Also, after I signed up, I occasionally received emails for 15 or 20 percent off or free shipping, which really helped reduce the price.


Even in black and white, and with my photos reduced as I always do on my blog, it came out well.


The software automatically chooses your first two photos for the cover, but you can change those. Sometimes I did, sometimes I didn't. It depended on what came up. As you can see, though, it is a pile of writing!


I am glad I did this. This was a project I did solely for myself, so I would have all of these words. I mean, let's face it. If Google decided to do away with blogspot, I would lose all of this writing.


And while it's not the best writing in the world, it's mine.





7 comments:

  1. Wow! Very Impressive. Now you have a permanent copy for all time. I hope you printed extras to give to your family for Christmas!

    It's a shame that color printing is so expensive. Your photgraphs are truly wonderful.

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  2. oh wow, that is really cool anita!

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  3. Nifty idea! I am going to check them out.

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  4. I had no idea! This is great. Steve 'backs up' my blog periodically to a hard drive(?) or something. (I'm not computer savvy.) But I like the book idea because it's something tangible you can give to someone or leave behind for posterity.

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