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Have You Missed Me For 2 Weeks?

I posted this (sorta) before, but I changed my domain back to wordpress to post this one since I realized this might show up in some feeds πŸ™‚ . (I’ll change it back once I’ve posted…)

Have you noticed that your RSS feeds haven’t been updating to reflect my posts for the last two weeks? That’s cuz I changed my domain πŸ™‚

Update your links to: http://zimmerzoo.com and you’ll be sure to catch every single one of my posts (Still haven’t missed a day in going on 3 years now…)

Update Your Links, Please!

So, while tooling around looking at some of my favorite blogs, I happened to notice that the blogger blogs with links to other blogs (you know, those side links that get updated with the RSS feeds?)…well…if you have mine listed there, the link is stuck from about 2 weeks ago.

It took me a moment to realize that it’s because that’s when I switched over to Zimmerzoo.com – so the RSS feed is broken.

…now, of course…you may not ever see this if you depend on those links to tell you who’s posted an update…but I figured I’d try πŸ˜‰

If you’re reading this, and you have a link listed, please update it!

Summer Blogging

There’s something about blogging in the summer. It’s not as ‘easy’ as the rest of the year. The motivation to get a post up each day dwindles because of a few factors.

First – the weather. It’s so nice outside that it doesn’t feel right plugging away inside. Oh sure, I’m in front of the computer to work – but I’ve been taking a lot of vacation days lately too. πŸ™‚

Second – the comments. Not that I blog for the comments, but it’s definitely nice to have verification that there’s at least a few people out there reading my efforts. The number of comments during the summer definitely dwindles.

Third – My own commenting. I know that my own blog reading goes down a bit during the summer. Or rather, it gets sporadic; I find a block of time and catch up on all of the blogs I’ve been ignoring for the past few days…but then I sometimes feel guilty and don’t comment – especially on a back post – because then they’ll know I haven’t read in a while! (I know – who cares WHEN I read, right? Get over yourself Nancy. πŸ˜‰ )

Enjoy your summer. I’ll still be here πŸ™‚

Friday’s Fotos: Studious, Knitting, and The Zoo

Burke asked to try on my glasses the other day. I thought he looked super cute (and quite studious!) Mike thought he looked a bit Harry Potter-ish (Like I said, super cute and studious LOL!)

Burke in Mommy's Glasses

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I think I’ve mentioned once or twice that I’ve started knitting. I’m happy to report that I finally figured out that 3rd row, and I’m now on row 22! Woot! Oh, and thanks to Goddess, I tried out continental knitting instead of the traditional English knitting (although, I have to admit that I was afraid to switch after starting out one way). HOLY COW – so much easier and faster. Especially coming from a crochet point-of-view. I think the switch made me have a few crazy stitches – still not quite sure what I did since the numbers are all the same…but hey, it’s gonna look very home made πŸ˜‰ And my stitches are kinda loose – especially on the ends – but overall, I’m kind of impressed with myself πŸ™‚

Rib and Garter Afghan

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I finally got my own domain!! It’s official: zimmerzoo.com is MINE.

Update your links (although, old ones will still work…)

Witty Title Here

Work is crazy busy this week, so I don’t have much time to think about a post. I suppose I could just not post today … but I haven’t missed a single day since I started blogging almost 2 years ago, so I don’t want to start now! Maybe I should just go ahead and miss one day to get it over and done with. Hm…oh. wait. too late!

Gorgeous

Just the other day I was thinking, “Hm. I haven’t seen many blog award posts in a while…were those just a fad? Has everyone been through them all?” And then…BAM! Debi from Who Says Eight is Enough gave me this cute award! Thanks Debi – it really means a lot to me πŸ™‚

Have you “met” Debi yet? She has about a million different blogs and has about a million different projects going on. She also has 9 kids! I’m not sure how she does it, except for that I’m pretty sure she doesn’t ever sleep…
GorgeousBloggerAwardThe Gorgeous Blogger Award

By accepting this award I am required to tell you six things about myself that you don’t know and then award it to six other gorgeous bloggers.

  1. I’m actually pretty shy, and never really feel like I belong when I go to new-ish places – even though I know I have every right to be there … like PTO meetings and church.
  2. I fell off my diet and have gained 5 pounds back. *sigh* And have zero motivation to get back into the swing of things.
  3. I’m constantly worried that I don’t pay enough attention to my kids…or that one of them gets more attention than the others…
  4. I can eat an entire bag of potato chips in one sitting.
  5. I’m torn between my love for our house and town and wanting to move closer to where I grew up.
  6. I’m a completeΒ  “home body”, but I miss the days of game nights out with friends.

And the 6 gorgeous bloggers:

  1. What a Card
  2. Cheryl at Twinfatuation
  3. Heather at Want What You Have
  4. Nicole at Sotoriffic Twins
  5. Nancy at Southern Blessings
  6. Laura at Catholic Teacher Musings

 

The Blog Book Creation

A few of you have asked how I created my blog book. I first have to give credit to LauraC because I got this awesome idea from her.

I also have to apologize if it sounds a bit anal…I write documentation for a living, so that’s where it comes from πŸ™‚

Oh, and I had wonderful hopes that something like blurb.com would work well – but it really doesn’t. . . which is why I ended up doing this manually. And I know I’m going to forget some step that I did since I’m doing this from memory…but I’ll do my best!

Download a Template

I used Lulu.com. They have Word templates to download so that your page size and all of your margins are correct.

  1. Go to this page and scroll down to the bottom.
  2. Choose the size you want,Β  and click Download Zip File.
    I just used one of the 8.5 x 11 ones.
    Take note of the number of pages allowed for the size you choose.

Grab Your Posts

Once you have your template file, you need to get all of your posts into it. This is the time-consuming part…Since blogs are presented in the opposite order you’d want your book to be in, you need to work each post separately.

  1. Start with your first post. Copy the post part of it and paste that into your Word file.
  2. Copy the comments part – if you want those to be a part of your book – and paste those below.
    Tip: This is for wordpress since the comments are presented separately from the post part. You may be able to copy the entire thing – including comments – in blogger or any other blogging site.
  3. Move on to your next post – over and over and over again.
    Take note of the number of pages you have and compare that to the number of pages allowed. Keep in mind that page numbering will change a bit depending on how much cleanup you do.

Tip: I actually copied and pasted my tweets from Twitter as a last page or two in the book as well. (Just mine – and only the ones that weren’t replies.)

Clean the File Up

Once you have all of the posts you want in your Word file, it’s time for cleaning up. You can do as much or as little clean up as you want. It’s your book! πŸ™‚

The first thing I did was get rid of all of the links – it’s a book, you can’t click them, so I didn’t want them to be blue and underlined.

  1. Press Ctrl+A to select everything in the file.
  2. Press Ctrl+Shift+F9 to remove all links.

I then scrolled through the entire book to format it – looking for widows and orphans, looking for strange things around copied pictures, things that didn’t change from a link, etc. If entire posts didn’t fit on a page, but were *close* I’d mess with paragraph spacing, or remove extra paragraph markers or whatever…

I inserted MANY tables so that I could format things the way I wanted to. I used them to put captions beside pictures or to force two columns if I had long, skinny lists. Things like that.

Obviously, videos don’t translate well to paper books…when I ran across a post that had had a video in it, there was a huge empty space where it was supposed to go. I went back to the original post on my blog and used a screen capture tool to grab a picture of the still video and put that in the blank spot.

Publishing

Once you have your file all set, upload it!

Go to Lulu.com, click Start Book, and follow the instructions on the screen.

There is also a cover wizard part where you can upload a picture, choose the font for your title (and change the title if you want), and more.

I’m more than happy to answer any questions you might have – just let me know! πŸ™‚