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Friday, February 11, 2011

Printing your Blog into a Book

My mom came over so we could attempt to print her blog. She wanted to give it to her mother, my grandmother, who does not have internet. Let me tell you, this process was SO MUCH SIMPILER IN MY HEAD. Does that ever happen to you, things that you think will be easy, things that you have imagined, are a TON less work than it is in reality. That is what happened to me today. What I thought would take a couple of hours ended up something that was painful in both body and mind.

Mom started the first step by creating a pdf of the pages she wanted to print, combining the pdfs into one document and then we went to Office Depot for paper.

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PAPER FOR TO PRINT ON

The next morning we got into the computer room at about 8:30am to start. It took over two hours to attempt to change the format of the blog so the pdf would print nicer, with multiple failed attempts we finally managed to fix some of the problems we had. Mom stayed at the house to create a new pdf doc (each time you change the template you have to make a new doc) and I went to the store to get more ink. With a little over 1000 pages to print we were going to need it.

I got back around 11:00am, mom had finished the document and we settled down to start printing.

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MOM WAITING NOT SO PATIENTLY FOR THE FIRST PAGE

The first 20 pages took an hour to print, we were trying to solve some issues. The type ended up being too close to the side of the page and we were worried about binding the book later and cropping off some of the text. We went back to change the format of the blog again but I failed at trying to figure out a way to fix it. In the long run we just started printing and we will pray that the binding just works out somehow.

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THE FIRST OFFICAL PAGE COMES OUT

The first batch came out rather well. Even though it was frustrating that it was already 1:00 in the afternoon and we only had 20 pages printed we were confident that once we got our work flow created it wouldn’t take that long to print the rest of the pages.

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THE FIRST 20 PAGES TOOK 4.5 HOURS BUT WE WERE OPPTOMISTIC ABOUT GETTING IT DONE

Problems kept coming up left and right. Because we were printing over 1000 pages my mom wanted the blog to be printed on the back and front of all the pages… which you think wouldn’t be a problem. But you have to print every other page, the even pages, on the front and the odd pages on the back. The front pages went smoothly for the most part but sometimes two pages would get caught in the printer for the back pages and things would start avalanching out of control. With pages getting out of order we had to cancel the print, figure out which pages got messed up and then reprint those pages. If we caught it right away it was easier to fix… it was only when the mistake wasn’t caught immediately that things really got NUTS.

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OH NO WHAT IS GOING ON

And that was not the only problem we ran into. As things went wrong mom and I worked together to try and fix it and also to attempt to make sure those mistakes did not happen again. Most of the time we were able to figure out the problem but then there were things that just went out of our control. Pages that printed like this…. Um I don’t even know how to explain it let alone control my anger that it happened.

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PRINTED AT ABOUT 500% THIS PAGE CAME OUT ZOOMED IN, THE TEXT WAS NOT ONLY GIGANTIC IT WAS ALSO BACKWARDS – THIS MAKES ME MAD

Then pages with little or no text on them got tossed out of the pdf and the numbering in the pdf started to get wonky. Mom started writing out the numbers manually on the pages printed so we knew where we were and we also had to keep track in our heads which pages needed to be printed in the pdf. Oh and don’t forget the second errand to the Office Depot to get yet another batch of ink!

If you think that printing out your blog will be easy, let me assure you it was really hard. After 15 hours, where we were mostly attempting to print out my mom’s blog, there were a few times near 11:00pm where I kinda lost it. Mom tempered my flip outs with some parental discipline.

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THE DISTURBING PART OF THIS PHOTO ISNT THAT MOM IS CHOKING ME, ITS THAT SHE IS DOING IT WITH A SMILE

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JUST KIDDING, MOM AND I DID GREAT CONSIDERING IT WAS A LITTLE STRESSFUL – WE ARE BEST FRIENDS AFTER ALL

Good news is that MOST of the pages my mom wanted printed were printed. We managed to get about 400 pages done and the smile on her face was more rewarding than anything.

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MY MOM’S FIRST BOOK

4 comments:

lilmansworld said...

kudos for you to do it yourself but in this case, I totally would have paid blogger to do it for me :) your grandmother will love it though!

Alissa Nicolau said...

I thought you were a Blurb girl! Blog printing is addictive.

paul peggy zeus said...

it was difficult, but soo worth it, and I really think my mommy will appreciate it. I'll let her know how hard you worked to get it right for her. Thank you, dear.

pierce said...

i can see that... that looks crazy but it pays the price and worth the effort.
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