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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

M for ABC Wednesday

ABC WEDNESDAY ROUND 6: M is for...

Memories
Last week when I used the letter L for legends and leaving lullabies for family, several readers mentioned thoughts about saving their blogs.

My method is to use the portable version of Open Office which is free open source software compatible with Microsoft Office, Lotus and more. It includes a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation tool, drawing package and database. It consumes minimal space and performs all the magic I can manage.

Accessing my blog through the sign-in page/dashboard, I copy and paste to the word processor until there are as many pages as I want to keep in a file and then export that file to pdf format. It takes up very little space, can be viewed readily (complete with images) and its small size permits e-mailing with most programs.

I try to keep up with my blog month by month, save the pdf file to an external hard drive and at the end of the year publish it on Lulu.com for download in print or pdf format. My poetry books and novels are published the same way.

This method (or a similar one) might protect your blog from disappearance into Cyberia and might provide backup in case a copyright comes into question.

My opinion, only. :)  And those who know me say I have an abundance of them - opinions, that is. But maybe I have a motley mass of memories that family might want to look at sometime. Who knows?

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28 comments:

Carol said...

This is a great idea! But I'm not sure I'm tech savvy enough to actually do this, and I wonder if it works with a mac. I would love to have my year of blogging in a little booklet like that, I'll have to check this out.

Sylvia K said...

That is a great idea! Would like to do it, too, not sure I'm savvy enough either, but I am going to check it out! Thanks so much for the info! Have a great week!

Sylvia

Amy said...

Thanks for the tips! Love the term "cyberia" - and I've never heard of Lulu.com so I'll have to check it out!

Roger Owen Green said...

I save my blog posts weekly in something called tabbloid.com - I get a PDF every Monday. Itr's free.

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Leslie: said...

I'm going to try to do that! I'll put it on one of those flash drives. Great idea!

Anna said...

What an excellent idea - off to investigate forthwith :)

Mara said...

What a great idea. I would probably have to fiddle around for about three days to get one page saved (knowing me), but it would be worth it. The ABC alone would be good fun...

anthonynorth said...

Well, many people add sense to their opinions. They are always appreciated :-)

Wanda said...

Great idea....I will be sure to check this out, as I think our blogs can be our legacy to our children..Anyway mine tends to be a type of diary.

Thanks for the "M"emories!

photowannabe said...

Terric information. Not sure if I am savy enough to do it but there are things I would hate to loose to Cyberia!!

Changnoi said...

Mine's rubbish anyway...
Did I really just say that?

Stan Ski said...

I just make discs every now and then.

Lily Hydrangea said...

what a great idea! You are so organized.
thanks for the info.

JP/deb said...

Fascinating! Thanks :)

Gattina said...

Too complicated I only use Evernotes and that's it. But I only use my computer for Internet nothing else.

Marilyn said...

I can totally see why you'd want to save all of your lovely words.

LisaF said...

I've often thought my blog would come in handy in case I ever got Alzheimers...I could read about all the things I thought were important enough to record. But then I may not remember my password to get in so this is a great idea.

Sheila @ A Postcard a Day said...

This idea is so much more useful than the boring old backup I perform, which isn't readily readable and certainly not printable. A really excellent tip! Thank you.

Life with Kaishon said...

Wow. That is so cool : ) I hope that my son can come to this blog many years from now and see what adventures we were doing when he was little. I love him so.

ChrisJ said...

Great idea, if I can figure out how to do it. It's something I've been thinking about for a while -- put my blogs in book form,that is -- not to sell but for myself.

Leslie said...

thanks for the help on that and like the wrap up at the end of the year - duh - why didn't I think of that

megzone said...

thats a great idea..
thanks for the wonderrful inputs :)

im here from Jingle’s rally
you can check my poem at:
http://megzone.wordpress.com/2010/04/15/thursday-poets-rally-broken-mirrors/

jay said...

I've often thought I should do that! And maybe I will someday... I have a back up of my blog, and I'm wondering if I can use that, or if I really do have to go through a post at a time and save it all separately. And what about pictures?

BTW, my site is back up now, if you tried earlier and failed. ;)

THE BEATY said...

great idea. What I do is just copy all my posts and keep them on a flash drive

Beverley Baird said...

What a great idea. I might have to have one of the kids show me how (!) but I like it!
Thanks for that idea.

Q said...

Wonderful! I think I will ask my son-in-love to read this and help me. I have four years of blogging.
Always enjoy your posts.
I am way behind...spring gardens are taking all my energy....
thank goodness for a rainy day.
Sherry

fourwindshaiga said...

Good idea, I am a mac user, but there must be something like this I could do.

Andy Sewina said...

Great idea, love the word Cyberia!