Low Tech Personal History

I have been taking a break from the blog but I haven’t abandoned it. I have a bazillion posts that I need to write, but I thought I’d write a quick one.

One of the easiest forms of digital scrapbooking is creating a blog and then printing it. However, what if you don’t want your personal and family information made available on the internet? Well, create a ‘blog’ on your own computer. Most every computer comes with a text program (MS Word, Open Office Writer, and Apple TextEdit).

All you need to do is create a text document. Set up the document ‘blog style’ in that you have a title for your entry, a photo, and the date. I love to include the weekday on my entries. But that’s just me.

In any case, add your entries for a year and save them on your computer. When you’re ready to print, save the file to PDF and submit the PDF to lulu.com. For a reasonable price, you can get a laminate, hardcover book that has your offline blog printed in one place.

That’s really all there is to it. If you want more technical specifics, I’ll be happy to share. However, this is enough to get you started thinking and have a resource of where to print.

By the way, this application can easily adapt to family history purposes. Someday I might do one so that I have a sample of what I mean. I just know that printing books has never been easier, or more affordable. All we have to do know is find the time to create so we can share.
By the way… many people ask when I have time to do something like this while raising the kids and handling my other responsibilities. The secret is I don’t do this every day. (I probably should, but I don’t). When I have chunks of free time throughout the year, I’ll write a week’s or a month’s worth of entries. I also would rather work on personal and family history than to watch TV. So, it can be done. Hope that is helpful to know.

Devon Noel Lee

Devon Noel Lee

Devon Noel Lee is passionate about capturing and preserving family stories so no one alive today has to be researched, or forgotten, tomorrow. She has authored 6 how-to books, a memoir, two published family history biographies, and over 60 family scrapbooks. She's an enthusiastic speaker who energizes, encourages, and educates at the same time.

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