A month or two ago, I discovered that one can print one's blog in a hard cover format. It costs a bit of money, depending on how many pages you want to have printed, but I thought it might be a perfect way to keep the memories I've been recording. So...I did it. I chose a basic background for the cover, and it automatically included a picture (my profile picture) on the front and a table of contents inside. I just received it last week, and I love it. It's the size of a sheet of paper (8.5" x 11") and it's printed on very nice quality paper. I was surprised that I'd written 143 pages of stuff, covering August through December, 2009. I guess that means that many of you have also read the equivalent of a small book, just by reading my blog!
This morning, I skimmed through the first number of pages of my blog book, and I was amazed to realize how much I'd forgotten of what I've written since last August. I can't help but think that some of the memories imbedded between the covers will be very nice to reflect on a decade or more from now. I plan to do the same for 2010.
* Thanks for the comments on my Blog Book - I really love having it in hard copy. In answer to your questions, I used the company Blog2Print (here's the link: Blog2Print) and it was shipped out by a company called SharedBook Store. It took about 4-6 weeks from time of order to time of receipt (I think it came from somewhere in the U.S.). The cost varies depending on how many pages; my book is 145 large pages and, including all taxes and shipping, cost me around $73-75. Since ordering this book, I have learned that some photo printing companies do this type of work, too. I may check out the local stores in the future, but have to say that I'm pretty happy with the output I received through Blog2Print.
* Justine, thanks for the tip about blurb books - I'll be checking them out for the next round of self-publishing!