I mentioned some time ago that I was looking into using the Blurb photo book format to make a physical copy of my blog for ready reference. Apparently Blurb enables the direct import of blogs – which it does, but if you blog most days and use more than one photograph it becomes completely unwieldy and difficult to edit, as well as quite pricey. So, a nice idea but unfortunately not practical.
Since then, it occurred to me that I could instead use Blurb more simply for my blog poems, not just for my own records but as a present for my Mum on Mother’s Day. As it was compiled in retrospect it still took more than just a little time to put together, as the poems and photographs had to be retrieved individually from the blog and computer picture library – not only this, but my usual poetry format did not always fit easily onto the pages. It was, however, time well spent as apart from a typo and a couple of formatting issues the end result was most satisfactory. These were readily corrected online (in case I decide to have more printed – just two this time!) and for any future volumes (if there are any!) a separate folder can be kept with poems and their pictures to make production easier.
Do have a look at the Blurb site – it takes a little getting used to but is easy to use once you have got your head round it – and the books make a lovely present or keepsake, or you can of course go the whole way and make them available for sale….