23 July 2011

Five Years

Remember my oh-so-irritating list of things I was going to do before I turned fifty?

Well, I finally finished another one of them.



Yup - I got printed books for 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. (Apologies for the awful glare besmirched photo - the books look better in person.)

I started blogging on the 23rd of July in the year 2006, with a post about the inimitable Julia Child and butter, which means that those five books actually represent four full years and about half of another. It's a lot of words, words that I didn't know were going to come pouring out the way they have, words that I wanted to keep in a tangible form. I mean, what's going to happen to my blog when Al Gore invents the thing that comes after the internet?

After futzing around with several different services that would suck all the posts in and print them, I ended up using Blog2Print because it was by far the easiest of the choices. While their service isn't as granularly editable as, say, Blurb, I cranked out the tweaking necessary to get my five books done in under an hour. They offer free shipping, which is supposed to take weeks; I had my books in days. (Yes, you can pay for faster shipping, but I found it unnecessary.) And I'm really happy with how they came out - it was a good ratio of time input to product output.

In fact, I'm so happy with the books that I got in touch with the company and asked if they'd give me a discount code for you all, my readers. And they did. If you feel the need to print out some or all of your blog for posterity and grandchildren, go to Blog2Print and use coupon code b2pmagpie15 - it'll get you 15% off between now and August 23rd. Call it my anniversary present to you.



Disclosure: Nope, Blog2Print didn't pay me to tell you any of this. There is, however, an affiliate link in that there url - if you click over from here and make a book there, I'll get a little referrer fee. Is that okay with you?

13 comments:

She Curmudgeon said...

This is such a great thing, and despite the fact that I love my ebooks-- it's so nice to have a permanent version as well.

Hip Mom's Guide said...

Congrats! That's a huge accomplishment. I'm just trying to get a few years of photo - not even whole blogs posts - into books, and ayyy! I'm jealous! Good work.

Mental P Mama said...

What a wonderful idea! Happy Blogoversary!!!

Bibliomama said...

Irritating to who? (whom?) I didn't find them irritating.

Those look fantastic. And I agree - I don't really trust the internet not to get PMS-y some day and eat my blog like it's a chocolate macaroon.

mayberry said...

Ooh, I've been meaning to do this--thanks for the extra incentive! And happy anniversary.

De said...

all around awesome. Good for you, checking off on your list, too.

You know, maybe I'll look into online scrapbooking. I'm four years behind and it's not likely to get better. The only result is that I stopped taking pictures.

slouchy said...

I've used them too. They're good.

nonlineargirl said...

Definitely on my "stuff to get done" list. Maybe I will even get to it before the coupon deadline.

Lady M said...

I was going to do this for my husband's blog for Christmas . . . and now it's July. Thanks for the prompt and the code!

heidi said...

I need to do this too... maybe the discount code will get me to do it before I'm 50 :-)

Carol Bodensteiner said...

I've been planning to put my prairie blogs into a book. You've just given me the incentive. Thanks!

ifbyyes said...

Awesome, I have been wanting to do this but didn't know what service to use or how to go about it.

Rima said...

Happy bloggyversary! I'm really impressed with those books. I failed miserably at using Blurb when I first started trying to do the same, so I will def give Blog2Print a try.