Sunday, August 29, 2010

I've Been Published!!!

Okay, so that title may be a teensy bit misleading.  But no matter how you look at it, I *did* receive this book in the mail yesterday, and I *am* the author!

This book is my blog from the beginning of our adoption journey to 3 months after we brought our girl home!  I found out about a website called blurb through some fellow adoptive moms (thanks Kerri and Jocelyn!).  It's terrifically easy- you download the program for free and then it "slurps" your entire blog (photos and all!) into book form!  From there you can choose which posts you want to keep in the book and which you don't.  You chose a format, create a cover, do a little editing, place your order and VOILA!  You are published!!!  

Really, it is such a treat for me and for our family.  I ordered a cheaper paperback version first so that I could read it and really make sure it's all the way I want it to be.  (It's not- my fault.  More editing to do.) And so later I can order a hardback as a more permanent version.  

It's already had some great benefits:

How sweet is that???  She really loved that it was all about HER!  And even though she isn't old enough to understand all that I've written here, someday I hope it will be a treasure for her.  It's not her lifebook (which I am working on... slowly...) but it does tell the story of us waiting for and wondering about her, and she LOVES to look at the photos of our first minutes and days together.  She likes it so much- she fell asleep reading it this afternoon.  :-)
(Oh- and if you are wondering about the clothes she is wearing (a fleece hoodie???  in August???) these are some fall/winter clothes I got for her at a consignment sale this weekend, and the girl is SUCH a girl.  She has to try on everything new no matter how hot it might make her!)

The bottom line about receiving this book will be the following changes to this blog:
1.  This blog is about to become much more busy!  I am very motivated to post more often because it's so great to be able to have this book that chronicles our lives during this time period, and I want to make sure I keep that up.  So more post will be coming more frequently.  

but also...
2.  This blog is probably about to become much more boring.  ;-)  Not that I think it has ever been particularly fascinating, but I want to put a lot more of our lives on here now that I know I can have a permanent copy, and so I will probably put start trying to blog at least once a week so that I can have a running record of what is going on w/ our fam.  

So go check out!!!  Slurp your blog and get published!!!


wildflowers said...

what a neat idea!!!

that is very cool.

congrats :)

Jenny said...

Love it! Love it... LOVE it!!! I'm going to have to look into doing that myself:)

Anonymous said...

I LOVE all your wonderful ideas!! This book is an awesome idea! I'm going to the site right now!!


Sohailah said...

show me the nail marks. I'll believe it when I see it... :)

Gladney Adoption said...

What a wonderful idea!

Gladney Center for Adoption

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