I considered the options and put a few feelers out on Facebook and the SC message board, and finally settled upon Blurb.com. The process of creating the book was a bit of an ordeal, I must admit, but the BookSmart software was ever so helpful. Since my blog contained two years of near-daily posts and almost 800 images, the content did not transfer easily in the "slurping" process, so I had to move posts and images in smaller groups. It wasn't hard; it just took some time and patience. Once I had copied the content, I didn't want it to appear just anywhere in the book, so I pulled an all-nighter (and then some), working on the book page by page, ensuring that the photos that were with the original posts would appear alongside the accompanying text. Here is a sample of one of the layouts-in-progress:
Would I do it again? Heck, yes! I learned a lot in the process, and looking back, it may have involved a lot of time, but it was so worth the effort. My Blurb book arrived today, and I love it so very much.
This book is a treasure.