Ask-Design-Mom Question:
Hi Design Mom, I love your site. I see that sometimes people ask questions and you post GREAT ideas back to them. Here’s one for you: I don’t have kids yet, but someday would love to. I’d like to keep some sort of paper trail of my blog to share with my children when they are old. Do you have any good ideas other than just printing the posts out? Thanks! Ashley

Design Mom Answer:
Hi Ashley! Your question is a great one and I think I have the perfect answer: Blurb. Blurb is a fantastic company that enables you to publish bookstore quality books in personal quantities — as in, you can publish
just one copy if you please.

There are a few excellent book making sites, but Blurb is the go to one for bloggers because of their “Slurp Your Blog” service. “Have a blog hosted by Blogger, Live Journal, TypePad or Slurp it into a book in seconds.” Question answered. Problem solved. Books start from $12.95.

But Blurb isn’t just about blogs. You can make a Blurb book about anything: That great ceramic collection you have. The elegant life of your Grandma Rudi. Your sister’s favorite recipes. In fact, you could even write a book of poetry — and then print just one copy and hide it under your bed and wait for it to be discovered and published and make the New York Times Bestseller list. At which point you’ll finally be recognized as the true genius that you are.

Blurb sidenote: I was contacted by Blurb last September to try out their service and see if I liked it and if you can believe, almost 6 months later, I still haven’t made the time to publish my Blurb Blog Book yet. (I know. I know. It’s only supposed to take seconds, so what’s my hold-up?) And then, in the last 2 weeks, no less than 5 people have emailed — letting me know how much they like Blurb. So apparently it’s destiny that you sent in this great question, Ashley. And apparently we’re all supposed to make Blurb Books. At least. I am determined to do so. I’ll let you know how it goes.