I'd been looking around for a way to print out my blog or convert it to book form so the boys will have a way to know and remember me. It's one of those "just in case" goals, kind of like organizing the finances and planning my funeral. I don't like to go to the "just in case" place too often, but boy ... I did get obsessed when I found Blurb.com! I may not be into scrapbooking, but I think online bookmaking may be right up my alley. I wonder if there's a way to get paid for that.
I cloistered myself in our office for a full day and night working on the first volume, which is my posts from 2006 — 200-plus pages. Volume two, all my 2007 posts, took a little less time and is only 128 pages.
For anyone thinking about doing this, the software is free and very easy to use. It imports all your blog posts and photos, in chronological order if you choose, and puts them on pages for you. Then you get to edit and tweak the layouts. There are tons of options for layouts, colors, fonts, etc. I found that because I tend to shrink my photos fairly small before putting them on my blog, I wasn't able to run them very large in the book (unless I were willing to reimport all of them from the original ... which I was not, except for cover art).
The first volume came in the mail yesterday. They weren't cheap (About $70 per book, and I bought two — one for Daniel and one for Ben and unlimited access for Steve, of course), but I'm so happy with the print and paper quality. I uploaded and ordered volume two today, and it should get here in about a week.