Friday, June 3, 2011


It's more than just a fragrance by Calvin Klein.

What is my current obsession, you may ask?

It is my "blog book."

I am in love with my blog book.  I am obsessed with it.  I dream about it.

I think of the world in terms of how it would fit in a 8 x 11 gridded layout. 

I see my children as "images" and visually format the world around them to fit into the various layouts provided by "Blurb."

I see conversations in various fonts and type styles. 

I am obsessed. 

Surely this obsession will result in great financial gain for my family.  Right?


Publishing (printing) my blog book will likely be costly and unrewarding for anyone except me.  But...I don't care.  I am obsessed.

My blog is something of a journal.  A digital record of what was happening in my life as the days flutter by.  The blog book is a way of making this record permanent.  And I love it already.

In recent days I have disappeared from my life behind a blue glowing screen, formatting, font changing and forgetting about all other responsibilities. 

There are several ways to turn a blog into a book.  Blog2Print is one method, with a few simple keystrokes, your blog is laid out in a gorgeous spread. 

But true to form, I could never do anything this simply.  So instead, I spend COUNTLESS hours working on my "BookSmart" application, a program provided by Blurb. 

This program allows the user to customize EVERYTHING.  The possibilities are limited only by the number of hours in a day a person can spend on something this frivolous. 

Will I include every post, even the nonsensical rambling ones (like this)?  That remains to be seen.  What I do know is that eventually I will submit my blog book to publish and it will have been a labor of love. 

A big, fat birthday gift to myself.  Deadline for completion, June 25th. 


  1. I can think of no more appropriate gift that you can give yourself than to immortalize your amazing talent in book form. Happy birthday, love. I, for one, will buy a copy and I love it already!

  2. Wow, very interesting. You know so much more about all this. I just started my blog about 2months ago, but don't know about Blog Books or anything. I'm so behind. I love writing my blog as well.

  3. I absolutely want to do that with my blog too, but I haven't managed to find the time. It's definitely worth doing! Post pics when it's done, will you?

  4. That sounds like a very cool project. I'd like to see some pictures too. I once did a weekly entry and printed those entries out and put them, along with pictures, into a scrapbook. The tech-savvy way sounds better, even if it's just as time-consuming.

    Thanks for commenting on my blog!