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Today’s tech column is a dual-purpose column. First, to wander the Family History project stuff, secondly to shout out to great technology. One of the things I have done in the past few years is backup my blog posts to WordPress. By backup, I take the post from Virily, and before that Niume, and two, three or four days (depending on how many posts I am working on) I post that to WordPress. Every 5 or 6 months I thin backup the WordPress posts using a very cool technology Blog2Print. I have used Blog2print startingnin 2014, and I’ve created 9 or 10 pdf files so far. I have also used the tool to create hardcover books for specific sets or series of blogs (I wrote a number after my father died. I wrote 25 for my 25th wedding anniversary).

It is nice to be able to share the blogs I write in the family history project as a single file.  Blog2print offers hardcover and digital-only pdf versions of your blog. The process works like this. You connect to their site (Blog2print) and select the “get started” button. When you sign up for your first book, they give you a discount, and if you create your account, they will also send you coupons roughly once a quarter. Normally to generate a book from your blog posts (WordPress and blogger and a few others it will not pull photos from Virily or others like Virily). The normal cost for an [f file is around 6 to 7 dollars after the discount. If you pay full price, it is only 8.95 or so, not a huge amount of money.

Once you pay, the tool builds your book and depending what you selected you either get a physical book in the mail in a couple of weeks ora link to a PDF file. The PDF files are “yours” because you own both the online content and the created PDF. You a do with that as you wish. Normally I share the books with my family, so they have it. Now, I don’t always do my technical blogs (this one), but I do from time to time. 

It is fun for me to use the tool. I know that it doesn’t take long, I can generate a book in roughly 20 minutes. Since I publish every day, my books run between 300 and 350 pages. You are limited by the number of images per share, but I tend to only share one picture on my WordPress posts now. Overall this is an incredibly useful tool for all bloggers to use!

  • Have you ever created an offline copy of your blog?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Would you print a physical book from your blog?

    • Yes
    • No

What do you think?

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Written by DocAndersen

I am a long time blogger and technology poster.I focus on what is possible, but I also try to see what is coming. In recent years I have been focused on sharing the memories of my family, as part of my Family History Project.

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  1. A great idea for you Doc. My photos are the most important to me. I back them up into the cloud, then I use SD cards as a second back up every few months. Sounds like a great way to start a book. I should think about this.

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