Do you remember some time back, when you were a kid, you and your schoolmates each had a diary. They were supposed to be used to write down your homework assignments or notifications of important school events.
Yet they were used for a lot more than that. You’d have schoolmates write notes on your diary, jokes, poems or drawings. You’d share thoughts or confide things to your best friend. Some diaries turned into scrapbooks even!
Blogs are the digital evolution of these journals for school kids and adults alike. You can share your thoughts online instantly and get people to comment on your posts, which is why services such as Blogger and Tumblr are so successful.
Yet, blogs can be taken down for one reason another. It could be for technical issues or simply because you don’t wish to maintain it anymore so there is no point in paying for the hosting (if you are doing so, that is!). If you wish to keep the memories however you can always print your blog!
Here are a few online services to help you do just that.
With Blog2Print you can choose a cover and with a few clicks you can print your entire blog. You can choose between soft or hard cover and it gives you the option to print in full colour or in the cheaper black and white version.
Prints start with 20 pages but you can add more (at an additional cost). Blog2Print supports Blogger, TypePad and WordPress blogs, even those hosted by you.
Blurb supports Blogger, TypePad, Live Journal and WordPress. It allows you to pick either a paperback or a hard cover, just as Blog2Print, their books can go up to 440 pages and they deliver within a week.
One of the nicest features is that you can even sell your blog through their store, so if your blog is all about your area of expertise, such as photography for example, you can make some money out of your printed version. I wouldn’t go as far as promise you a career as an accomplished writer, but it’s a nice service to have at your disposal.
PrintWhatYouLike allows you to pick any element on a web page and decide whether it will print or not. It gives you great power of customisation over each page, down to choice of fonts, cutting out ads and size of pictures.
It’s a nice service if you don’t have a big blog since you have to customise each page, and you will have to bind each page into a book on your own at home. But if all you want is a printed back up rather than a fully fledged book, then this service is for you. Since you use your own printer, the prints will be available straight away.
Oh and I almost forgot: it’s free!
About The Author
Elise Lévêque is an ambitious freelance translator with a passion for anything and everything social media. When she’s not busy blogging about her latest photos, she writes for Cartridge Shop.