So on Friday I shared with you the giddy news that I’ve made Mousetrapped into a 6×9 hardcover with the help of POD service Lulu, to mark its third—THIRD?!—anniversary.
But there was something else in the box from Lulu too…
What (various shades of) pink prettiness is this? Before anyone has a heart attack, there is a coaster underneath that mug. Don’t you know me BUT AT ALL?
I started this blog on 1st February 2010, after spending three months messing around half-heartedly on a horrific looking Blogger.com effort I called The Scribbler. It recorded my thoughts as I came to the conclusion that I should self-publish and, later, served as a place to vent about the stress of the actual process. Eventually it was where I shared my exciting successes and, occasionally, disappointing failures.
In other words, this blog is the whole story. 323,000 words of it (I know; I just had a heart attack too), excluding guest posts and replays. How do I know this number? Well, it’s not because I went through and counted the words…
Over the last few weeks I have painstakingly copied and pasted three years’ worth of posts into 6×9 Lulu templates and made myself a matching collection of hardcover blog books. Much like the Mousetrapped hardcover edition, this is something I’ve always intended to do, and I really didn’t want to let yet another year go by without doing it.
Because who knows what will happen to our blog posts? They might all disappear into the ether some day, and I’d like to save mine, and save them in a place where every now and then, I can read over them. They’re like diary entries, after all.
Clearly I wasn’t as busy last year as I was in 2010 and 2011…
Copying and pasting hundreds of thousands of words worth of blog posts sounds a lot worse than it is. If you use MS Word’s “Style” feature, it’s easy to quickly turn the text into something more readable. Plus these are just for me, so I wasn’t too worried about removing links, etc. I did it all with one eye on the TV.
Aren’t they lovely? Keeping in mind that they’re not for sale, they’re just for me. I wonder how many I’ll end up with it…?
I used the cover Design for Writers made me for The Best of Catherine, Caffeinated e-book, and a different photograph for the back of each book, taken during that year. That’s why the back covers (above) could be called The Various Hairstyles Catherine Has Had This Past Three Years.
Even though I included photographs, I stuck with a black and white interior because to go full-color inside would have cost the best part of €100 for the largest book. (These cost around €17-€25 each, plus shipping.)
I love having these, and I think I’ll love it even more a few years down the line, when I’m reading about things I’ve long forgotten writing.
What do you think? Do you do anything to preserve your blog posts?
Don’t forget: leave a comment on this post before midnight Tuesday April 2nd for your chance to win a personally inscribed hardcover edition of Mousetrapped OR a paperback edition of Self-Printed 2.0. Only one comment per “Mousetrapped Madness” post counts as an entry and I’ll post the prize to anywhere on earth mail can go. Good luck!