Bloggers should look at Blooking

What is a blook?
Simply put, a blook is a blog in book form.

Why should I blook?
With how the Internet changes, I am often afraid that my blog will one day disappear into oblivion as blogger evolves or disappears. (They have the right to do that, you know.)

When I was eight I wrote some great adventure games for our family TRS-80 which are now gone forever! I wish there had been a way to preserve it.

Thus comes the reason for a blook. You can take your blog postings for a year or specified period of time and convert them to a book form. Most bloggers do this through self publishing at a website like LuLu. (That is who I'll use.) It costs around $30 and some of your time.

You can also market your blook if there are those who haven't made the online world but want to read what you write. (Or give one to Mom for Christmas!)
You might also even win the blooker prize! On March 3 the short list was printed for 2005. (Some interesting ones that peeked my interest include Action Poetry, and Julie and Julia (recipes for a small apartment))

How do I blook?

I have found the most descriptive post about blooking and I plan to use it over the summer when I create a cool cat teacher blook.

I feel I owe it to myself and my children to preserve what I write for them. After all, I spend a lot of time, energy, prayer, and effort blogging each day.

In Conclusion

So if blogger goes the way of my old TRS-80 I won't sit around in a nursing home and talk about what I used to say.

If you've made a blook, or have a blook, I hope you'll comment and link to it. I'd like to talk to some real people who've done it!

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Graham Wegner March 19, 2006 - 6:33 am

Check out Leigh Blackall’s Lulu version of his book at mLearning, meet books…

Anonymous May 26, 2006 - 3:21 pm

I definitely agree that blooking is the perfect companion to blogging. As a big fan of Lulu, I’d like to point out that publishing with them is completely free (not around $30). They do charge for distribution upgrades, but just publishing your blook and making it available for sale is totally free. Worth doing!

Cheryl Hagedorn July 19, 2007 - 2:19 pm

There are a variety of publishers beyond Lulu – not free but specializing in getting your blog into print. There are also at least two free software programs which allow you to archive your blog offline. When your blook is in print, let me know. I’ll feature it along with the hundred or so I’ve already done at Blooking Central.

BTW if you decide to go cut-and-paste like Warren Meyer (Coyote Blog) you might want to read Sally Goetsch’s article first.

swiftcovercarinsurancetelephon December 14, 2010 - 8:53 am

Nice blog.Thanks.

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