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Making a Hardcopy of Bennett's Blog (aka how to turn a blog into a book)

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

A few weeks ago, I was talking to my mom about technology and about how scary it is that so much of our lives are saved on our phones, on our computer and on the internet.  On one level, it seems safer and more accessible.  But, on another level, I also know that backups sometimes fail and companies sometimes shut down their websites.  

This made me think about this blog.  Bennett's blog is my own personal journal of Bennett's birth, diagnosis and fight against Cystic Fibrosis.  I don't know what I would do if I would ever lose it.  So, the other day, I decided to put the blog in book form:

I wasn't able to fit it all in one book (as in, the website said they don't print books that big, ha!)  So, I decided to split it up into year-long increments.  I started with 2009.


I was shocked to find out the first book (from 9/30/09-12/31/09) turned out to still be 534 pages long.


I chose the very first picture I ever took of Bennett to be the cover photo on the book.  It reminds me just how far our little superman has come.


I am super thankful for this post about how to make your blog into a book.  Not only did this blogger share her thoughts on the best website to use, but she also gave a breakdown on how to do it.  I chose to do a few things differently but overall, I thought her insight was very helpful and I recommend it to anyone interested in doing the same. Taking blogger Jocelyn's lead, I went with lulu.com and I was very happy with the product!!


So, here's how I did it:

There are lots of websites to use, but I chose lulu.com.  In order to upload it to Lulu, I needed to make a pdf of the blog.  I found a free website called blogbooker.com.  It allowed me to easily convert the blog to a pdf.  I was then able to easily upload to the Lulu website.  

Although blogbooker.com saved me waaaay more time and effort than going through coping and pasting each post to a word document as this blog post suggested, using Blogbooker meant that I couldn't make any edits to the copy before it uploaded to Lulu.  I was ok with it since I'm not selling or publishing this book.  At 500+ pages, I didn't want to spend the time necessary to edit.


In the process, I did indicate I wanted each blog post to start on a new page.  I think it made it come out nice and clean.  I was very impressed with the quality of the print.


The printed pictures are grainy but I agree with blogger Jocelyn when she said she didn't care that much about a good quality printed copy of the pictures in the book since she owned the original copies.  


The front design leaves something to be desired but, again, I was less concerned about how it looked and more concerned with just getting a print copy for safe keeping.


Somehow, and I'm still not sure how but, somehow, I indicated early in the process I wanted a paperback copy.  Next time, I will make sure to indicate hardcopy.  I think it will hold up better that way.  But, I decided to order a paperback just to try it out.  The great thing is I can repurchase as many copies of this book whenever I want.


As good of quality this book turned out to be and at the price point that it was ($15.96 including shipping), it won't be long until I print the entire blog.

It does inspire me to think about writing more often.  There is something awfully fun about seeing my thoughts in book form.  I feel a bit like a kindergartener whose teacher has put my work in a frame.   But most importantly, I'm delighted that our family now has a very easy way to re-read Bennett's journey...a journey that is far from over and just barely begun.

One Response to “Making a Hardcopy of Bennett's Blog (aka how to turn a blog into a book)”

  1. Very cool! Wow, I was thinking ti would be something like $100, $16 is an amazing deal! Hmmmmmm.

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