Believe it or not, the holiday gift-giving season is almost upon us. Have you considered converting your blog posts or some of your genealogy research into print form as a gift for loved ones?
Don’t wait until the last minute to consider this type of project! Before you get started you need to determine the how before the what. This means deciding on format (electronic book aka “ebook” or print), the platform (which vendor to use?), the type of product (book, magazine or even calendar or gift item?), etc. Take a look at our new Resources for Family History Publishing for some ideas and advice.
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Please either post on today’s topic of Family History Publishing at your own blog and then post the link here in the comments or simply add your two cents in the comments section:
- Have you already created your own book or keepsake based on your genealogy blog posts? If so, please tell us about it and show off your creation!
- Have you thought about printing a book but didn’t know how to start? What would the title of your book be and what about the subject matter? How would you sell the book – in person, on-line or other venues?
- What about your genealogy society – have they considered going to “print on demand” for their publications? What about having an ezine instead of a printed quarterly or journal?
- Are you interested in creating other gift items like calendars using photos of your ancestors?
This is a great topic for this week’s Open Thread Thursday! And please, if you have a topic you’d like to see discussed among your genealogy blogging colleagues, please contact us and we’ll take it under consideration.
©2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee
Here is a variety of advice and information on converting your blog or family history research to print.
- Blurberati Blog – from the folks of Blurb with great advice on self-publishing.
- IndieAuthor – blog of April L. Hamilton, self-published author.
- Society Publishing – advice from Denise Olson of Moultrie Creek Gazette on publishing on demand for genealogical societies
Blog To Book
- Blog2Print – works with Blogger, WordPress or TypePad-based blogs.
- Blurb – uses Blog Slurper to convert your blog into a book.
- zinepal – converts your web content including blogs to books.
- Epub2Go – convert PDFs to Epub format.
- LuLu – create an ebook from your PDF, Word document or other formats.
- PubIt! – use to publish books for sale on the Barnes & Noble Nook.
- Scribd – terms itself as “social publishing.”
- Smashwords – ebook publisher and coverts your PDF or other formats into various ebook formats.
Magazines and Booklets
- magcloud – from HP, allows you to print a glossy magazine at a reasonable cost.
- yudu – self-publishing magazine platform.
© 2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee
Blogger has announced the addition of two new gadgets: Popular Posts and Blog’s Stats. According to the Blogger Buzz post yesterday, these two gadgets were previously released in Blogger in Draft and based on feedback they are now ready for all users of Blogger to add them to their own blogs.
- To access the new gadgets, log in at Blogger, click Design and then click Add a Gadget. The Add a Gadget dialog appears:
- Select Popular Posts and the Configure Popular Posts dialog appears:
- Enter the title and select how to display the posts. Click Save. The Popular Posts gadget appears in your sidebar.
- Next, return to the Add a Gadget dialog and select Blog’s Stats and the Configure Blog’s Stats dialog appears:
- Enter the title and select how to display the stats. Click Save. The Total Pageviews gadget appears in your sidebar.
The examples above are from my personal genealogy blog Destination: Austin Family. For now, I will leave these gadgets in the sidebar so folks can go and take a look. However, I am not sure if I want to leave them long-term and here’s why:
- I’ve gotten away from advertising my page counts etc. And I’m not sure how far back this number goes – is it since July 1, 2010 when Blogger announced its new Stats feature? Or is it since I started the blog in December 2006? I know if I track the same stats on Feed Burner or some other analytics, the count is much higher. If someone can pinpoint this info, please share it with the GeneaBloggers readers in the comments.
- The Popular Posts can easily be skewed as is evident with my example: one of the most popular is Christmas Card Conundrum from the Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories. The only reason this post appears on the popular list is because many spam blogs have been hitting it and linking to it.
So, will you be using these new gadgets on your Blogger blog? Let us know in the comments.
©2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee