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booked more of my livejournal

Check out what's gracing my bookshelves these days:



That's my livejournal, people! Yup. Nine volumes, all printed up and bound, each with a photo on the cover that I think best sums up the year.



I used ljbook to make PDFs of each year, minus the comments (they add a zillion pages). Then I ordered the books from Lulu for about $6 each.

I feel good that everything I've written is "backed up". I flipped through and read some pages when they got in, but I've sort of learned not to read too much because getting back into your head 5 or 7 years ago makes you feel weird, like a book character you're way too close to. Because it's you.

Anyway getting those books was actually a goal around this time last year or the year before, I forget... it just took a little time. Well, and 2010 was a very important year that I definitely wanted to make a backup of.

If anyone else is so ambitious, I did notice that Lulu is doing another 20% off sale this weekend, through the 17th. Go forth and print!

Comments

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yourbeauty
Jan. 15th, 2011 12:27 am (UTC)
How cool is that? I didn't even know you could do that. I don't think I'd want the early years- but I'd definitely want the last few. Do they include pictures?
spacefem
Jan. 15th, 2011 12:28 am (UTC)
yup! I didn't spring for color printing though.
dwh
Jan. 15th, 2011 12:52 am (UTC)
I love this idea! But I don't think I want to go without the comments (probably fine for me- I get a lot less commentary than you do). I can think of a few entries where the comments are much funnier than the entry itself.
Patrick Hutchison
Jan. 15th, 2011 12:58 am (UTC)
Jealous
Totally jealous! I need to follow your awesome example and start keeping a journal. Have wanted to for years and have started off and on, but never stuck to it. Now, even more reason to just do it! But will I... Hmm... LOL
spacefem
Jan. 15th, 2011 01:13 am (UTC)
Re: Jealous
you could be a comment whore like me, that's where too much of my motivation comes from ;)

but seriously do it! your journal would be awesome!
humaazul
Jan. 15th, 2011 05:51 am (UTC)
1- I'm curious about each year's picture. I can see the top two, but can we see the others?
2- Bandwagon. Part two.
3- Why are some so thin?
spacefem
Jan. 15th, 2011 02:52 pm (UTC)
might have to go get the pictures! But anyway... some are thin because I had boring years, I guess. 2002 is HUGE, I combined it with the end of 2001 (I started journaling in September 2001, so not a whole year there.) I guess when I was in college I had nothing better to do than lj three times a day.
humaazul
Jan. 15th, 2011 06:33 pm (UTC)
I started in September 2001 also! Weird.

Please get the pictures!
spacefem
Jan. 15th, 2011 06:53 pm (UTC)
oh speaking of pictures... I totally forgot to tell you I uploaded the pictures of you and Jo in here: http://picasaweb.google.com/spacefem/2010December#

they're in the second-to-bottom row, before the hippo.
humaazul
Jan. 15th, 2011 11:50 pm (UTC)
Cutest.


I can't believe I didn't guess it would be a7beef.
humaazul
Jan. 15th, 2011 05:52 am (UTC)
OH! I forgot!
4- How did you choose the colors for the covers?
5- What size did you do?
6- What paper choice did you go with?
spacefem
Jan. 15th, 2011 02:49 pm (UTC)
these are easier than your other questions so I'll start with them!

4. The first book is my favorite color, #A7BEEF. The others increase in hue by 10 each year.

5. 8.5x11

6. Lulu default... I think publisher grade?
rumble_bumble
Jan. 15th, 2011 12:44 pm (UTC)
thanks for reminding me! that pdf has been sitting around for years...
humaazul
Jan. 15th, 2011 11:54 pm (UTC)
The sale is 20%! This means my two volumes were $35! I think that's a totally fair price.
deana_in_texas
Jan. 16th, 2011 08:21 am (UTC)
Looks very nice! Though I agree I always feel weird going back to read my old entries, which is why I've never gone through the effort to turn them into a book. But I suppose even if it's weird for me now, it might not be so bad when I'm 50, or for my kids to read (if I go through it and decide which entries first).
(Anonymous)
Jan. 16th, 2011 01:34 pm (UTC)
I like it! I don't have as large of an archive as you, but it would be nice to have the hard copy of what you have written. You know, in case the internet crashes one of these days.

-Mr. Litzner
kirstene
Jan. 23rd, 2011 01:32 am (UTC)
I'm curious -- are there options to print based on security levels/groups?
spacefem
Jan. 23rd, 2011 02:03 am (UTC)
you can have it pull "up to" public, friends, or private. I don't know how that'd work with groups. I had it pull up to private, and it pulled everything, including entries that were only open to a group.
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