You know how some days you come home and something totally awesome has come in the mail?
Well actually it came Fed Ex, but I still consider it mail.
Today was an especially good mail day.
You see, I decided that with all the hard work I put into my blog, I really wanted a hard copy to keep. So my family and I could look back over it any time with no fear that it would disappear.
So I went to Blurb.com. Blurb is a self publisher that has a feature that "slurps" your blog into their program where you can edit it and then have it professionally printed.
The program to do it was free, and with a little messing around I found it very easy to use.
So here it is, the first hardbound edition of Kathy's Cottage.
Oooh, I love it so much!
The photos reproduced beautifully.
Blurb has all kinds of layouts built in to the program and you can even edit the layouts to make them custom.
The light is terrible today, but I just couldn't wait to show you!
I started with 2011. Why did I start in the middle? I don't know. I just chose a year and went with it.
I can tell you right now though, I will be doing an edition for each year.
Blurb has lots of different sizes and price options, including hardcover, softcover and even magazines. For $9.99 you can convert it to an ebook for your ipad. I chose the biggest hardcover available, an 11"x13" landscape layout. I wanted to really be able to showcase the photos. It's 100 pages and cost around $85 with shipping. I found an online coupon for 15% off and when I went to checkout I was offered the option of a second book at 1/2 price. I decided that would be a great way to make sure each of the girls had a copy so I snapped it up. All told each book was around $64. Not cheap, but certainly priceless to me.
I can see this being a great gift for your mother or your children. Along with my work, there are a lot of family events, photos and recipes in my blog. I can even see that these would be a great way to put together a years worth of family photos and recipes for Christmas gifts that would be treasured for a long time. I know a lot of my blog friends have been blogging for years, having a hard copy of everything you have done is a treasure!
If you want to know more hit the Blurb link and check it out.
Do you think you would want a hard copy of your blog?