Blook Your Blog

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yesterday i started thinking about all these gorgeous blogs and the wealth of information they offer. it occurred to me that with the state of big business we have to take care of ourselves. i mean, we love blogger, typepad and wordpress, but who’s to say they’ll live forever? look what’s happening to citicorp and enron. hey, even starbucks could fall. where would we be if our blogs and friends suddenly disapeared from cyberspace? why not think about archiving your blog once a year and call Season 1, or whatever. who wouldn’t want to see The Peak of Chic, volume 1, etc.?

so…my first thought was to put it in pdf form. it’s a lot of work to do each post, so maybe the person hosting the blog can even sell the volumes on their blog for like $5. on the other hand, you could always do the the wayback machine from google which i haven’t explored fully but has possibilities. well thought i’d just throw that out there! what do you think?

December 12, 2007. art, Blogroll, Books.

25 Comments

  1. Chic and Charming replied:

    I think archiving the blog as a book is a great idea. Blurb actually offers a blog book format that works directly with most blogging platforms. I’ve not tried it yet. http://www.blurb.com/create/book/blogbook

  2. Alyssa replied:

    I love the idea especially if it’s design related. I also think that the Way Back Machine only grabs certain days and doesn’t always grab blogs – at least from my experience. I know that if you use Bloglines or Google Reader it captures and saves all of the posts for your favorite blogs which comes in really handy. I can’t tell you how many times I have gone back through my Google Reader to locate something I saw on a blog I love.

  3. Stephanie replied:

    It’s hard to remember to do it regularly, but wordpress has an export function that lets you download your blog. You’ll be able to import it into another blog if anything ever happens to yours. It’s under Manage->Export when you’re logged in.

  4. Linda from ::Surroundings:: replied:

    I worry a lot about what happens if Blogger goes away. What do I do about years of posts. I’ve now started having my posts emailed to me as they are published, so I have them in a file. But, I’m not sure if all the links are captured. Good issue to raise!

  5. The Peak of Chic replied:

    This is something that I’ve been concerned with too. I would hate for all of our hardwork to disappear! I’m anxious to hear of everyone’s thoughts on this.

  6. le petit cabinet de curiosites replied:

    Wonderful idea , Claudia . i hope I will have time to do so .
    We need to do it

  7. Liberty Post replied:

    This would be heartbreaking if the whole system crashed! I agree that we need to put it into book form. Perhaps quarterly..just in case. Each season, new book. Thanks for bringing this to our attention. Happy Holidays from Canada!

  8. Lana replied:

    Great ideas. I guess we all put a lot of time into our blogs and have the same concerns about what will happen to old posts and images. I think I’ll start making pdf’s of all my posts today! Emailing them to yourself is a good idea also. Thanks!

  9. cityfarmer replied:

    Girl, you are a genius…I’ve thought of this many times, but failed to follow up.

    I just posted my 200th post and I feel you might love it…

    can we catch up soon?
    email, too????

  10. Joy replied:

    Claudia, I love the way your mind works!

    Wouldn’t it be nice to have a beautiful glossy book filled with all of our entries in it – a great gift to pass down to our loved ones. A 21st century diary of sorts!

    Hmmmmm………….

  11. oracabessa replied:

    have a look at chronicle books effort to turn the architecture and urbanism blog BLDGBLOG into a book .
    http://www.chroniclebooks.com/blog/?p=155

    BLDGBLOG – bldgblog.blogspot.com/

  12. dawn replied:

    It’s funny that you mention this. I started my blog specifically so that I could journal for one year and then create my own book – I found out that you can make them at http://www.blurb.com. I love the idea of capturing this time in my life for my daughter to one day read…

  13. Daisy Cottage replied:

    Hi sweet Claudia!
    I have had these same thoughts too – and thought about using Blurb… I asked Typepad if they would consider offering the same service, but as of now they aren’t going to do so. It would be terrible if we suddenly disappeared!
    xo,
    Kim

  14. Passementerie replied:

    Having been blogging for some months now, this is something I have wondered about, both with Passementerie and A Year In Marrakech.

    I must look into Blurb…

    Sarah

  15. parisapartment replied:

    Oh you all are WoNdErFuL!!! i should have known you’d figure it out! the most important thing for me in keeping this blog forever are your loving comments!! i love you too!!

  16. Barbara Jacksier replied:

    I was planning to have mine printed each year.The service is a blogspot print company…..for $19.95 this company will bound and print your Blog.

    http://blogger.sharedbook.com/

  17. casapinka replied:

    This is a great idea. I think my blogs are a version of a personal diary and it would feel like I lost part of myself if Typepad went away. Thanks for bringing this up.

  18. Felicia replied:

    There are several companies out there that will turn your blog into a book for you. Its a pretty groovy and irresistible idea :)

  19. Di Overton replied:

    Alexa has a way back machine. I can go back to 2000 and see wheredidyoubuythat.com (which I used to own) as it was at its conception.

  20. Cindy replied:

    I’ve had nightmares (really, I’m not joking) about something going wrong with blogger and all my posts being lost forever! It would be great to have a way to back it up.

  21. Cynthia replied:

    I came across your wonderful blog recently and really enjoy your posts. And I am fairly new to blogging and what a great thought of preserving blogs. Thanks for bringing this subject to light and keep on writing your fantastic blog.

  22. rochambeau replied:

    Dear Claudia,
    Thank you for bringing this up.
    I haven’t thought of it. I don’t really even understand all of the comments, so I must learn.

    Hope you are well Claudia,
    That you are enjoying the holidays in your new world!
    xox
    Constance

  23. parisapartment replied:

    thanks sweet old and new friends! i really appreciate your generous words. hopefully we’ll hit on the solution with one or more of these brilliant options. but, hey they could go too as hosts! guess there’s nothing like paper in a way. but then you don’t have live links.

  24. perfect bound replied:

    Thank goodness for your post. My holiday list was looking a little shabby and now I’ve found the perfect gift (for myself!) I have saved every sentence I’ve written since high school and I’d love to see my blog along side the shelved copies of all those high school literary magazines. I hope everyone who has a blog gets inspired by your post as well and puts their work in permanent print. It’s a great time of year for a year in review.

  25. www.projectblancoyd.typepad.com replied:

    i was going to totally tell you blurb.com but 24 people beat me to it. lol

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