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! 😉