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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Blog Book

Last week I received the two blog books I recently ordered. I actually love having a bigger one that has 6 months worth of blogs in it. You can see how much thicker they are then the other monthly books I've ordered. I love looking back through the books and reminiscing about what I did during the past year. 

Technology is a great thing! Hopefully my journaling will let my family and family to come, know more about me. I've never been great at keeping a journal or history of myself. I have a few things written, but this is much more day to day information about what I like and what I don't. I wish I'd done this when my children were younger, but at least I have photo albums with a poor memory. 

I enjoyed reading about our Easter last year and remembering about what Brady did, my little teenager. It was funny and I had totally forgotten what a teenager he is. I told him about it over breakfast on Saturday and we laughed and laughed about what a teenager he is... Great memories captured so I will never forget the day to day stuff. 

Blogging / journaling is a great thing - PLUS having a book to keep those memories alive through the test of time. 

I have to say that I LOVE the new layout from Blog 2 Print, but the photo's are smaller then I'd like them to be. I don't want to edit my book in another program, so it's a catch 22... If I blog and print books for the rest of my life, that will be a LOT of books and information. Is it better to have the smaller pictures and less space it will take up? Is it better to print out the photos that are really special in a bigger size and still scrapbook them? I don't know the answer, I DO love the books, I just wish the pictures were bigger.

Just a reminder, this is the last day for the 15% off coupon to print out your blog with Blog2Print. The coupon code is "newb2p".

I also thought this was an interesting Press Release:

"NEW YORK – March 10, 2010 – Even as the e-book starts to capture the attention of the reading public, a little known phenomenon is pushing copies of printed books skyward: transforming blogs into physical books. This year alone, SharedBook estimates that its Blog2Print service ( will publish more than 50,000 copies of individual blogs. “What SharedBook has done with Blog2Print is open a door to publishing that simply could not have existed before. The number of books bloggers have created - and likely will create in the future - is astonishing, and reflects the emerging power of creativity in our culture. 50,000 books in a year is equal to almost 15% of the total number of book titles published in the US in 2009!” said veteran publisher and consultant David Wilk, founder of Booktrix and a number of book-related websites."


Garden of Egan said...

That is really amazing about blog2pring. In an economy that is suffering they seem to be doing a boom business.
So glad you got your blooks. (blog books?)
I'm doing mine again in July. I go from July to July (that's when I started blogging in July of 2008) Thanks for turning me on to them btw.
Did you do hardbound?

Cherie said...

Well you know I love Blurb and part of the reason is - not only because they are less expensive (really they are!)but because you CAN have your pictures larger. I love having a picture that can take up a whole page if I want!
I am wondering if you have realized that Blurb will download and fill your book just like Blog2print but you still have the option of changing some of it around - in other words you can go back through and make some of your pictures larger and change layouts (like you were saying in your post), if you want to, but you don't have to. You have options! I don't think they let you do that in Blog2print.

I am glad you are enjoying your books but just thought you might be interested to know there is another more economical option that gives more choices. If you ever want to see my books to compare you are welcome too!

I have to agree though - Doing a blog and making them into books is the way to go!!!!

Scrappy Girl said...

Very interesting. I SO need to do this. I know I would love it cause I love to go back and read my posts from one year ago and even two years ago. I can't believe I have been blogging that long!

Tigersue said...

I'm with Cherie,
I love blurb when I did it last year. Yes I spent a couple of weeks editing but it was so nice. I had pictures I didn't use in my blog that I was able to add and put in some entries of things I didn't blog about.

I still need to do mine for this past year, and I spent at least half of what I did with blog2print.

Right now my life is a bit crazy, and I'm barely keeping my head together. Still I need to do it, I love having my blog in a book. So far two of them done and more to go.

Oh, I did find that blurbs pictures were too small for me. I plan to do larger pictures this next time around. I would rather have the larger picture and a slightly bigger book because the small pictures were really small.

Valerie said...

So glad you got them. How fun!

Connie said...

I NEED to get my kids mission blogs in print. I've been putting it off becaue I'm not sure how or what to do. Yours look beautiful. I better check it out.


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