Saturday, June 16, 2012

My Blog is Now a Best Seller Cause I Bought It

      I have been surfing the net and have found and played with a couple of new (to me) apps.  
      At around the time of my one year blogiversary, (March 14, 2011)  I thought about  “publishing” my whole first year of posts.
     I investigated two websites offering that option.
     The first one I sampled was Blurb.  I had used this self publishing site to put together two children’s books that I had written for my grandchildren.*  I was satisfied with my past results so I decided to give their “blog to book” function a try.  It was a simple step by step process.  I ran into a snag though because the app places a limit on the number of pages allowed.  The limit is 444.  When a pop-up window informed me that I had 523 pages, the app hung up and I had to “force quit” the application.
     The next website I tried was Blog 2 Print.  This app is also a simple step by step process.  They also limit the  number of pages. Their limit is 456.  The Blog 2 Print app must use a different layout method, though, because my page count with their app was only 374.  The cost varies depending on several factors including, number of pages, hard or soft covers, or black & white or color pages.
     I had a choice of cover style and type. I could have selected specific posts or all posts within a certain date range. I had the option to include or not to include photos.  I could have included or not included comments.
     At the first step I chose a hard cover.  Then, I decided on a title and a dedication.  I chose the photos for the front and back cover.   My choice was  to include all of the posts from my first year of blogging, with photos and comments.   With the options I selected, the cost for my “blog book” was $148.00.
     It took about an hour to put my blog book together.  After the book was assembled, I was able to preview and review it.  At that point, I had several editing options.
     I was pleased with the results.  The scheduled delivery date for my book is one day after my July 1 birthday.
*Igbee and Sumbee’s Great Adventures
  Igbee and The Pink Bird

     The other new toy I have discovered is called “Tout” .  Basically this app is a 15 second video status update.  Sort of like twitter, but instead of words, it is video.  For me, right now, it is a novelty and a fun distraction.  Believe me, I need all the fun distractions I can get.   Here is a sample of one of my “Touts”. 

Yesterday was one of the best days I have had in a long time.  The weather was gorgeous.  Ross and I got to spend very precious time with my son and two of the cutest grandsons in the world.

I will treasure this day and look forward too many more just like this one.

I have created a page for Anna's Diary.  It can be found under the Tab titled Anna's Diary.
I have posted all of the entries to date there, starting with January 1, 1929.

Here are the entries from the past few days from Anna’s diary:
Friday June 14, 1929
Elsie passed her driving exam and now has her license.  Gladys graduated today in St. Joseph’s church.  Very impressive and Elsie and I both filled up.  Gave her a weekend bag.
Sat. June 15, 1929
Home all day preparing for Jewel’s bridge tonight.  All arrived late.  Started to play 10:15.  Three tables and Jean and I.  Served at table and played games.  Peggy stayed over-night.
Sun. June 16, 1929
Home all day.  Peg and I had a long talk about personal matters that had been puzzling her about life.  Tried to help her out and hope my talk helped in the right way.


  1. It was a veery good day!

  2. I'm so glad you had such a goregous day! I can almost imagine the sound of the waves by your pictures! Thank you for sharing the product information. I can't wait for your published work to arrive!

  3. That is the Jersey shore.   We do have some beautiful beaches.  Especially in the area where we live. 
    I did the book blog for my grandchildren.  I think that someday they might appreciate it.  

  4. Thanks Holly.  I just got a notice that my “blog book” is on its way.  

  5. What cuties and what gorgeous ocean photos, as always!