After being held by the post office during our vacation, my book arrived today, and, boy, am I impressed! It's got a glossy soft cover - I could have chosen a hard cover, but decided to save a bit of money - and glossy pages, too. The cover design is basic and isn't my blog background, but it was easy to format - Blog2Print walked me through the whole, very intuitive set-up process for the entire book - and I like how it looks. Every post and photo I wanted to include is there, and it even has a table of contents.
Where I have a video or slideshow on the blog, no pictures printed in the book, and font specialization such as bolding, italics, and link notations didn't come through. Plus, sometimes the spacing is a bit weird. But the important thing is that all the content is there in a beautiful, very easy-to-read format. So now I will not lose my writing if - heaven forbid - my blog ever crashes.
My test book contains all my posts from this blog starting from when I first began in November, 2008, through 2009. I've decided that from now on I will order a book at the end of each year so that I'll have an on-going record.
In addition, I'm going to make books for my Celebrate Kids archive blog, a new blog I'll set up to archive my other writing, and, of course, the girls' portfolios.
That's why I started the blog for our 2009-2010 school year, for which I'm now very motivated to complete my data-entry and design so I can print the books before we're too far into our new year. After that, I plan to work my way backwards and re-design the previous portfolios I've made, putting them online and into these books. I'm beyond excited that the girls will be able to have quality, bound books by which to remember their school years - and I highly recommend Blog2Print for anyone who wants to easily and permanently archive any blog for any reason.