Isn’t it amazing how quickly those “little stories” you publish on your blog become impressive family history collections? Would you like to export the contents of your blog into a format that is both readable and easily edited for use in other publishing projects? Then you need to take a look at BlogBooker.
BlogBooker takes your blog’s export file (that delightful .xml file that seems to have more code than content) and within minutes you are downloading a PDF book as well as Word and LibreOffice files full of stories just waiting for repurposing. It gets better! BlogBooker is donation-ware. You don’t have to pay a dime to use it – unless you want to include high-resolution photos – but you’ll be happy to make a donation once you see the result.
To get started, you’ll need to export your blog’s content. I used my Moultrie Creek WordPress blog to experiment. It only has 230 posts. It took about 6 minutes to import, convert and export them. The results included a downloadable PDF file (5.29MB) – complete with simple cover page and table of contents – along with two sets of editable files in .DOCX and .ODT formats. Each format has one file for each year of blog posts. The word-processing files are ready for any additional editing you may want to perform. The images are exported at web-quality (low) resolution unless you make an up-front donation.
For a larger blog, if your blog platform doesn’t allow you to breakdown your export into smaller groups (preferred method), you can select a range of posts to convert on the BlogBooker conversion screen. You can also choose paper size, font and other features before you click the Create your BlogBook button.
It took some time to import each DOCX file into Scrivener. Next, I will separate each post into a separate item in the Binder so that I can better manage them for different publishing projects. Yes, that will require some time and effort, but it still beats the copy/paste/fix option.
I’ve updated my blogging workflow so that new content is created on the desktop and then published to my blogs (more on that later) and I’m very pleased with BlogBooker as an affordable and functional way to bring those online posts into that workflow where they will also be available for other projects.