Over the last few months, I’ve played around with the idea of printing out my blog as an actual, physical book. Not to work up for publication or for any sort of distribution, but because, well, it’s my life. Certainly edited and condensed in some respects – many posts have ended in my drafts folder, countless sentences and paragraphs pruned, life outside of infertility often left undocumented – but definitely truthful and an accurate chronicle of the last several years.
It’s funny how the internet is at once permanent and constantly shifting, blogs and platforms and media appearing and disappearing at breakneck speed. I went back recently to find a post that I loved from a blog, only to find the blog and post gone. While I have no plans to move out of this space right now, I know I don’t want to lose the entries if one day the terms of service with the hosting or the platform itself changes or for any other reason. Printing them out in a tangible medium feels somehow more permanent to me, more real.
In the end, it’s a big part of my story. It’s the space where a lot of moments live that in real life are long gone.
So, my question to all of you is this: have any of you printed out your blog? What service did you use? How expensive? How much difficulty or ease? Any advice or stories to share?
This post is a part of Microblog Mondays. If you want to get in on the action or read more, please head over to Stirrup Queens. Thanks to Mel for originating and hosting.