I've been asked to share some tips about how to turn your blog into a book, using Blurb.
First off, if you go to blurb, you first have to download their software. It's free. Once the "booksmart" is installed on your computer, you can begin to "slurp" your blog posts into the booksmart program. It's easy to follow the directions that they have.
Once all the pictures and posts are in your booksmart program, you begin to go through it, page by page, and formatting it to your liking. You can re-size pictures. Change layouts. Delete text. Add text. Whatever you want.
When your entire book is the way you want it, then you slurp it back to blurb, and they print it off!
A few tips: You can make your books whatever size you want. They have plenty of options. I make my blog books all the same size: 8x10
You can choose to have a slipcover over your hardbound books, or you can have softcovers. You can choose an image wrap option, which is where the cover pictures and text are printed directly onto your hardbound book. The first blog book I made, I had a slipcover, or a dust jacket, as they called them in the 1980's (Back to the Future Reference) and the second book I made with the image wrap. I love the image wrap. If I could persuade you at all, it would be to have image wrap.
I don't make title pages or table of contents. I just go right into my blog posts. That being said, it is your book, so do what you want. If you want to add 10 pages of pictures, before you even get to your first post, then you can do it. It's your book!
Every page is editable. I encourage you to click on the edit button, and resize your pictures, change things up a bit, make it look pretty. Don't make every single page look the same. Well, I mean, you could, but it's fun to have variety.
For the cover, you have lots of options. I like using the one with six pictures. It allows me to use lots of fun pictures from throughout the year. Here's a picture of the front and the back of my 2009 book.
Hope this helps you out a bit. I love having my blog in print.