Monday, April 18, 2011

Why I blog...

Well, there are several reasons why I blog...a few of them include:
I love taking pictures and I love sharing them.
It holds me accountable for taking pictures of everything we do and documenting our lives.
It helps close the 600 mile gap between us and our families.

But the biggest reason I blog is for me!  I love being able to look back on all the precious memories that we've created.  And one day I really hope my kids will like looking back and seeing what our lives were like when they were first born, recalling all the fun we had, and laughing at how ridiculous Mom and Dad look.  (I'm pretty sure I need to have a daughter eventually because I'm fairly certain boys don't care about stuff like this.)  But again, ultimately it's for me.

I started blogging in March of 2009.  I can't believe it's been 2 years!  And I totally missed my bloggy birthday.  But I've made a book every year and the one from 2010 is awesome!  This year I used Blurb and I couldn't be more thrilled with the outcome.  It took a good bit of time but it was totally worth it (why I didn't finish editing until March - I just worked on it a little at a time).  I chose to go through every post and pick the layout I wanted for the pictures.  You don't have to do it this way.  Once you upload it, Blurb will lay it out for you and you can just go with that if you want.  But I wanted to make sure it was exactly like I wanted.  It ended up being 322 pages but only cost me around $80. 

Even Keith commented on how great it turned out!
See for yourself...

This is the front cover.  I decided this sweet face pretty much summed up 2010 for us.

The back cover.  Our family at the end of 2010.

I love it.  This book is all the motivation I need to blog.  It is so worth all the time put in uploading pictures, typing, etc.  to have these books full of memories for my family!


Patti said...

Tipper ~ I LOVE that you LOVE to blog. Sawyer is changing every day so I truly cherish your posts. I can't wait to see your blog book - much better than your normal baby book.

You are an awesome Mom, and I'm sure your kids will enjoy looking back on their childhood.

I Love You More! xoxo

Kathy Jo said...

Tiff, your book is so awesome! I cannot wait every day to long on to your blog (yes, I do it several times a day waiting sometines on the the post) to see what is going on in the Jackson world!! Your pictures are always juuust right and your words are always so touching! I appreciate all the hard work you put into your blog...not only for your completed books, but for those of us that love to see your life and the life of that sweet boy...uh, boys!! :)

Much love to you!!

Amanda said...

I love it and can't wait to do my very own blog bloggy birthday is coming up soon! Love you and miss you!

morgan823 said...

I love the book! I haven't printed 2010 yet and I used a different site in 2009 so I might check out the one you used. It turned out great! I love, love, love having a book from my blog because I'm the worst at keeping up with the little details but blogging makes me do exactly that.