Monday, November 23, 2009

A trip down memory lane

It came in the mail today ... a printed book of all my blog posts for the whole of 2008 that I ordered through .  I'm enjoying reading back on the evolution of my art, my life journey, as well as watching my niece grow, losing our family pet - Ed the Dalmation (which still brings tears to my eyes), and gaining our gorgeous Beau.  There's also the friends I've made, the competitions I've won, the art I've received and some memorable events I've attended ... it's all there ... in print.

It's not to say that I don't love the internet and technology ... I do ... as I've met wonderful people I now feel are friends through cyber-land and blogging ... but there's just nothing like holding a beautifully printed book or magazine, and it's even better if everything in it is all about you.  Besides, I always wondered what might happen with all the information and photographs on all the millions of blogs all over the world ... will the space for saving all that data ever run out?

There are a few things I would consider for next time: (a) one is any hyperlinks behind a word don't print out, so if you want a record of complete web addresses, best to have them in full in your post; (b) in terms of formatting, I always have my pictures appear in my blog on their own and centred instead of having the text wrap around the image, I think text wrapping would provide a better looking printed format because there are some pages that have a lot of white space in the book (not that it really matters); and (c) my plan is to print out each year of my blog into a book, so it would have been better if I'd printed it out closer to the year I was printing out (ie, early 2009 for end 2008).  The reason for this is I recently changed the title of my blog from Live your Dreams (which is what it was in 2008) to Art and Play, which is what it is now ... so the title of my book is not truly indicative of my 2008 year of blogging, but maybe I'm just being really pedantic.

I'm truly happy with my purchase and it's much quicker to press a button to print my blog into a book than it is to scapbook, journal or make an altered book about that year of my life ... even though I will still create art in some form from my life.

"If you want to know your past - look into your present conditions. If you want to know your future - look into your present actions."
~Chinese Proverb~


Samantha Marshall said...

That is awesome! I want one, too!!

Jen Crossley said...

This indeed is awesome,what a great idea
your work is outstanding Di

Queen Of Toys said...

What a brilliant idea to do that, I have not even considered it, but will now.

Shelly said...

The book looks lovely. And I just have to brag that I am the proud owner of that ATC on the cover. That one trade was the beginning of a wonderful friendship.