Printing my blog – a book of last year’s posts

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  • #48874

    janabouc
    Member

    I’d like to print out all of last year’s posts. I don’t really want to pay the $120 it would cost on BlogPrinting.com or other sites. Is there a way to export the whole thing and make it into a PDF? BlogPrinting generates a nice pdf that you can preview but not print. You have to pay them to print it. I’d like to print it myself. Any suggestions?
    Thanks,
    Jana
    http://www.janabouc.wordpress.com

    #49105

    hrm… not that i’m aware of. you can open up your export file (Manage > Export) in openoffice (as an XML file), and create a pdf from there. i don’t know what the formatting will look like, though.

    #49109

    raincoaster
    Member

    I don’t know how much your printer costs to put out a page, but I’d suggest contacting a few print shops where you live. You should be able to get a cheaper price from anyone who does digital printing and book binding.

    #49115

    sulz
    Member

    hmm… i never thought of that. printing my blog into a book.

    who wants a copy? lol.

    #49122

    janabouc
    Member

    There are a couple of online shops that have the software to turn a WordPress blog into a nice paginated book with headers and cover and other various options. My blog is an art blog, and that’s why I’d like to have a record of my sketches for the year. I like BlogPrinting.Com because it does generate a pdf you can save…but you can’t print from it. So using a local printshop wouldn’t work since they wouldn’t be able to print from the pdf. Early last year I set my blog to show 30 entries and then printed each to pdf, combined the chunks and printed that and it worked OK. I used the color laser printer at work so it didn’t cost anything and I stuck it in a binder–it wasn’t a nice paperback like BLogPrinting.Com makes. It sounds like that’s probably the best solution. If I didn’t have the free printing at work it would probably be worth it getting the book made.

    #49125

    heliocentric
    Member

    I tried the exporting feature of WP and I got nothing, I mean, no output. Maybe WPress can be able to provide some kind of exporting feature that would enable the bloggers to download their thoughts in a friendly and flexible format for any period they chose and do whatever they want with them.

    #49128

    timethief
    Member

    @helicentric
    Ummm … I’m wondering how closely acquainted you are with the FAQs blog and the forum search box. WordPress.com most certainly does have user friendly export features and I know that because I have used them.
    In fact it’s Blogger (Google) that does not have friendly and flexible format for bloggers to chose to do whatever they want with their blog contents. It’s Blogger that holds blog contents captive and not WordPress.
    Did you got to the FAQs and follow these instructions? http://faq.wordpress.com/2006/05/07/can-i-migrate-my-blog-from-here-to-another-blog-somewhere-else/
    Did you use the forum search box and locate the many threads there?

    #49129

    heliocentric
    Member

    I don’t need to move my blog I want to download teh content to my pc. I also did not mention blogger at all.

    #49130

    disembedded
    Member

    Hi Janabouc,

    I think that this site is just what you’re looking for. Reading their info., you can set your blog up as a book and print out the pages before publishing. And you don’t have to publish it.

    http://www.blurb.com/

    #49133

    janabouc
    Member

    Hi disembedded,
    I actually tried Blurb first and from what I could tell, it’s all done on their site with their software and yes, you can see it all, but there’s no way to print anything other than to order it printed from them. But maybe you found a way to print that I didn’t see. If so, please tell me what that was.
    Thanks!
    Jana

    #49134

    janabouc
    Member

    I’m answering my own question…I read the FAQ on Blurb, and it says:
    “Can I print book pages on my printer at home?
    You can … and we recommend that you do for proofing … but now that you’ve gone through the trouble of creating a bookstore-quality book, wouldn’t you rather see it professionally bound and printed? We’ll have you looking good in print in no time. To print the pages of your book at home, select Print Page … or Print Book … under the File menu.”

    #49135

    raincoaster
    Member

    Seriously people, one of the things I do professionally is edit books, and I’ve worked on the production side as well. If you’ve got a regular home printer, and you have a sizeable blog, it is going to cost you quite a lot more than you think to print it out at home. I would look up the specs for your printer and choose the paper carefully, too, because some give far better results than others. Also, give a thought to how you’re going to bind the thing. If you want to give it as a gift, that’s one thing, if you’re just using it as a meatspace blog backup, a three-ring binder might do.

    #49146

    I don’t know if this will work, but I have used a free program for the last year+ that I can print ANYTHING to a PDF file. I downloaded it at http://www.cutepdf.com and it is the CutePDFWriter. When you print something, you choose that printer or your physical printer. If you print to CutePDF, you save it to a name on your PC.

    I use this extensively if I want to keep a webpage (that may later change), or to attach something to an email. Another way I use it is to back-up my Palm Desktop address book, calendar, tasks, memos. This lets me “capture” the entire address book but not print 35 pages.

    Maybe this would work for your Blog … print it to your own PC as a PDF file and then decide later if you want to print a hard copy or just back it up onto a CD.

    #49148

    timethief
    Member

    After I went to bed last night and something I did last year came to mind. Anyone can subscribe to their own rss feed (I have a Bloglines account and have subscribed to my own blog feeds for back-up purposes). One can also change their feed syndication setting to “full” instead of summary and remove the “more tags”. The end product will be in plain english rather than html and can easily be selected, copied and pasted into a Word file. Then you can make a disc to take to the print shop. I’m in ageement with raincoaster. I did a lot of printing at home until I trashed a printer and then checked into the cost of going to a professional print shop. Doing this myself was false economy. The print shop was cheaper.

    #49151

    heliocentric
    Member

    I am looking at this post for solutions to save my blogs and I am thrilled by the many possibilities that are coming up.

    THE “BLURB” SOLUTION SEEMS TO BE EASIER And the most flexible for a quality print AND I WILL GIVE IT A TRY after the bloglines RSS solution from timethief– for record keeping and later processing. It’s a great idea. It will also save all our posts if the site closes, is down, or else.

    BLURB’s THE COST IS MINIMAL COMPARED TO OTHERS IF WE WANT TO SAVE A GOOD QUALITY PRINT.

    cutepdf WILL NOT WORK because WE DON’T HAVE A VIEW OF THE ENTIRE BLOG CONTENT, JUST A PAGE. YOU CAN PRINT TO PDF ONLY WHAT YOU CAN ACTUALLY “SEE” IN A PAGE. I REGULARLY USE “PRINT TO PDF” FROM 602SOFTWARE WHICH WORKS SIMILARLY

    #49161

    drmike
    Member

    That’s looks like one of my posts when I hit the caps lock by mistake. I hope that’s all teh issue there was. Caps lock is pretty much frowned upon around here.

    For reference, there are a couple of *.pdf generators for regular wordpress. Most of them are for older versions of wordpress. I don’t think any of them ever got updated. I know the could I tried to install on my own WPMu never worked.

    #49166

    heliocentric
    Member

    It’s just the way I write, no offense intended. I don’t know why people react so strongly about caps. To clarify: I am not shouting, just typing.

    Well, to the point, Blurb would work if you have already downloaded the content, blurb does not help you on that. So far, Bloglines seems to be the next alternative (to download and print) and I am going to try it.

    #49170

    drmike
    Member

    I don’t know why people react so strongly about caps.

    Because it’s the same as shouting. You may not see it is but most of teh internet does. I think there’s even an RFC on the subject.

    #49175

    devblog
    Member

    Another application you could use to open protected PDF files and print them is Ghostscript. The interface might not be pretty, but it does the job.

    #49227

    heliocentric
    Member

    would like to know…

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