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Printing Your Blog

Doreen has done most of the legwork, trying to figure out how and where to print a WordPress blog, but I wanted to post some steps/instructions for anyone who is considering turning their blog into a book (including myself).

Unfortunately Blurb does not support WordPress anymore, but Doreen was able to find BlogBooker, an online service that will turn your book into a PDF file that you can upload to a self publishing site like lulu. (BlogBooker is free, but they accept donations)

  • To get the PDF file, you must first download the export file from your blog. To do this, go to your dashboard, click on Tools, and choose  Export. Choose your options and then click the Download Export File button and save to your computer.
  • On the BlogBooker website, click on the PDF link at the top and simply follow the instructions.

If you only want to make part of your blog into a book (i.e. January 1-December 31, 2008), the bad thing is, that the export file will contain your entire blog, and unless you have Adobe Acrobat (not just Acrobat Reader), there is no way to edit the PDF file to only include specific dates for your book.
BUTI have found another option that will let you keep your original blog intact, and at the same time delete the posts/comments/pages that you don’t want to include in your book. I’ve tried is this morning and it worked!

  • What I did, was register another WP blog and named it The Daily Click 2008.
  • I deleted the default posts.
  • I went to my dashboard and under Tools, chose Import, and imported the export file from my original blog. On my first try, only the posts until June were copied, and I started to delete them all so I could start over, only to realize that it seems to take a while for all the posts to show up. Of course by that time it was already too late and I had to import the export file anyway.
    For some reason I ended up with some duplicate posts and a ton of duplicate comments and I spent ALL DAY, deleting the duplicates, along with some unimportant posts and everything from 2009. Not sure if that’s some kind of glitch or if that happened because I imported a second time, so if you go that route, you may want to take the time to double check just to be sure.
  • Now I can download the new Export file and submit it to BlogBooker for a PDF file of my 2008 Blog Book.

I’m still not sure whether or not I will actually get it printed. I’ll have to see how many pages it will be and get a new quote from lulu.com. Unfortunately they’re not exactly cheap if you want a nice book in color. Greg might just kill me if I spend $100+ on a blog book!  😉

9 responses

  1. doreen3boys

    Great tips, thank you!!! You know, buy the book. You totally deserve it. Here’s my thinking: I just spent 80 bucks on printing way toooooooo many pictures that will get slapped into a photo album never to be looked at again. This book summarizes our year and is probably a nice collection of my favorite shots. So, it’s way cheaper when you think of the cost of printing, albums not to mention the time it takes. And I bet the blog book gets looked out alot more than 10 photo albums of the year. Plus, it’ll look good on a coffee table and it’s a great conversation piece. Don’t tell Greg, JUST DO IT!!!!!

    6. January, 2009 at 19:43

  2. kristiehavyer

    Thanks for sharing the tips. It will be nice to know for the future if I do decide to ever print one

    6. January, 2009 at 20:18

  3. OHHHHHH EXCELLENT!!!! Thanks ladies!

    6. January, 2009 at 20:40

  4. Ok I am in love with Doreen and you now. I don’t have wordpress but my SIL just told me that Blurb also doesn’t do Blogger now. And your little tips on how to get just the right dates is helpful too.

    Thanks ladies!!

    6. January, 2009 at 22:41

  5. Sure, Doreen, don’t tell Greg. He’ll find out when he gets that credit card bill! 😉 Another thing I wanted to do, was make a Blurb book of all the 2008 pictures (instead of ordering prints).

    For all of you who blog on the dark side (aka Blogger), you may have to do some more research because Blogbooker only seems to support WP and Livejournal.
    I’ve read in the WP forums, that you can import your blog from Blogger to WP, but people seemed to have problems with that.

    7. January, 2009 at 05:20

  6. plainmama

    Thanks M! I think you will totally treasure this, even at the $100 price tag. It really equals less than 0.30 a day. Start stocking away your 0.30 a day now in prep for next year 🙂

    7. January, 2009 at 09:46

  7. Nooo… those 30 cents a day would have to go to my D300 fund! 😉
    Maybe the book can be a birthday/Mother’s Day/Christmas present this year? That is, IF I can ever get that PDF file created! It worked the other day, but when I tried today (with the XML file from the “new” blog) BlogBooker kept telling me that the XML file was bad! Ugh!!!! I don’t know if WP is having the hiccups again, or if it’s BlogBooker. I’ll just have to keep trying…

    7. January, 2009 at 12:41

  8. plainmama

    Your right, what am I thinking?!? I need to start putting those pennies away for a 5D!

    7. January, 2009 at 15:13

  9. Thank you, great job, this is so interesting. I will take a closer look at your links.

    7. January, 2009 at 16:04

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