Yesterday I started the long, slow process of transforming last years blog posts into a printable book format. I've talked about making a hard copy of my blog for awhile now. Ultimately it was my being asked to participate in the Stake Family History Conference and to focus on blogging that initiated actually doing it. I downloaded a program through Blurb.com that is very similar to a program I used through mypublisher.com to make a photobook for Christmas. The big difference is that Blurb will download all of your posts, text AND pictures, into the program and allow you to manipulate them into a blog format. You can pick and choose the page layouts and which blog entries you want to inlcude or not. It will also flag what pictures are not a high enough resolution so you can upload them directly for better quality. The program is a little choppy when it comes to response time (maybe it is just my computer) but once you get used to the little quirks and express a little frustration you can progress rather easily.
It is still going to take me a few more days to get it all cleaned up. I'm a lazy writer when it comes to blogging. Especially when I started out, I wouldn't even capitalize my "i"s, so I need to go through and reread everything and made slight changes. I'm also probably going to have to cut out more posts just to keep the cost of the book down.
I'm really excited to get it all finished and actually hold it in my hands. I really enjoy blogging; it had become a great medium for me to journal about my life and my boys. It is a great way to preserve a personal history!