I’m really excited to be announcing the release of my first book! Yeah! My first book is called Josh’s Blog. Spirituality, Tech and Life Overseas and as the name suggests this book is a collection of blog posts and thoughts I wrote during my time overseas in Indonesia. It covers five years of blogging and is 158 pages long. Quite a monster! It also showcases some of my photography and every entry includes a photo from the same month.
I’m happy to have a hard copy of my blog. It will be nice keepsake and record of my experiences while overseas.
For those that are curious and want to follow in my footsteps, I used Blurb to put my book together. It’s a pretty straightforward process. You download their software called BookSmart, import your blog into the software, and then edit and layout the book. The hardest and longest part for me was the last step, editing and layout. Their software took some getting used to. It’s not quite as easy to use as Shutterfly or Apple. It was kind of fussy at times. But once I got used to it it wasn’t that hard. When you’re done editing you upload the book to their website and place your order. The book took about for days to arrive and I’m very impressed with the results.
The last thing Blurb does for you (which was a little unexpected) is create an online book store for you. So I can promote and sell my book online if I want to. This is a nice additional feature that they offer, and if I was serious about selling my book or other books in the future I would make use of this. You can go online and preview or buy the book if you want, but for now I’m happy just having a copy of myself.
So I encourage all those bloggers out there to give Blurb a try. The results are pretty stunning. It’s fun to turn your thoughts into a book that can be easily shared with friends and family. It’s a fun way to invite people into your world.