Preserve your Story with “Print My Blog” WordPress Plugin

I am reblogging this post from the very generous and talented Mike Nelson. He prepared a PDF copy of my blog (WordPress.com) which I greatly appreciated. I had tried to do this myself using other methods but never found a suitable result. Mike’s solution worked very well for me. If interested, I encourage you to give it a try!

Colin Michael Lucien Jonathan Nelson's Blog

A few months ago I wrote about how most current digital content, including blogs, probably won’t be readable in 100 years. Quite a few commenters said they really just want to make a paper copy of their entire blog, but there’s no easy way to do that.


So, a few weeks ago I created a WordPress plugin that makes it easy to print your entire blog. It’s called Print My Blog, and is available for free download from WordPress.org. After installing it, it’s just 2 clicks to create a paper or PDF copy of your entire blog. It also avoids printing ink-guzzlers, like your site’s header image, menus, or sidebar widgets. It just prints your blog’s content, the stuff you’d want to read.


Here is a 2 minute video showing “Print My Blog” WordPress plugin to create a PDF of my entire blog.

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61 Replies to “Preserve your Story with “Print My Blog” WordPress Plugin”

    1. Hi, Joanne – A few months back, I attempted the process of printing my posts manually. As I started this late in the game, it was an overwhelming process that guzzled a large quantity of ink (I have an archaic printer). Mike’s solution has been perfect for me. Hopefully, it works well for you too. Thank you for reading and commenting. I greatly appreciate it.

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  1. You know the right people, Donna! Thanks for letting us know about the plug-in and the solution. I’d love to print my old blog one day (and my Roaming About one), but the amount of photos and posts – 8 years for the first blog and 3 years the second one – is way too staggering! I will postmark the post, though, just in case I have $1000 budget for paper and ink.

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    1. Hi Liesbet, ya it’s still daunting to actually print your entire blog. Most web browsers also allow you to easily print to pdf (eg google chrome, or Firefox with an extension), and creating PDF copies and backing them up in a variety of places (eg a spare hard drive, google drive, or your email inbox) is another “good bet” that it will be preserved for a long time.
      Plus, like Donna said, it might be a more reasonable size if you use the options to remove images and use the smallest font.

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  2. What a great solution to what is probably a common issue for many bloggers. I love that it is possible to develop a plug-in and share it with the community (not that I’d ever do it, but I’m glad tech-savvy people can… and us, non-tech-savvy people can take advantage of their smarts). BTW, I noticed that I’m no longer included on your “Also on WordPress” sidebar… have I fallen off your friends list? 🙂

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    1. Aarrgghhhh! I hadn’t noticed that about the ‘Also on WordPress’ feature. Upon further investigation, this quick and easy widget (provided by WordPress), only displays the last 50 WordPress sites followed. Since you were the very first WP site that I followed, you were the first that they left off. Easily solved — you are now back on the role. Sorry about that! 😳

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  3. That’s a lovely photo of you Donna! And the post is very interesting, I’ll have to look into it further but it sounds a great idea. Does it only work on wordpress.org blogs do you know? #mlstl

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      1. Hi, Terri – Thanks for commenting. Here’s the information that Mike included for WP.com users: “WordPress.com users can print their blog for free without even needing to install the plugin (this is partially done, contact me if you’d like to try it out early). So, if you would like to try it soon, just give Mike a shout. I’m sure that he would be happy to help.

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  4. This is such a great idea, Donna because there are times I would like to have a copy of what I’ve written in my blog as a keepsake. I will be checking out the plug-in and thank you for sharing with us at #MLSTL. So many things to keep learning about in the blogging world isn’t there? Have a beautiful week, my friend. xx

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  5. What a great idea – It would be lovely to have such an easy way to preserve memories from your blogging Donna. Blogger doesn’t have this, and I don’t really want mine in PDF at this stage – it does have the facility to download all our blog content – but I’m happy to leave it in cyberspace for now.
    Thanks for linking with us at MLSTL and I’ve shared on my SM 🙂

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    1. Hi, Leanne – Thanks for sharing this on your SM. I greatly appreciate it. Since I am currently unsure how long I will blog, it is reassuring to have a printed version. Richard was happy with this too as it preserves many of our family memories and our memories together.

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  6. I love this idea! It’s exactly what I’ve been thinking of recently. Currently I keep a copy of all my posts in Word, but this is even better! Thank you for sharing it 🙂

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    1. Hi, Molly – I’m glad to hear that you will give this a try. Please let me know what you think once you’ve tried it. And don’t hesitate to ask Mike any questions. (I’m sure that he loves that I keep writing this…but he did ask for feedback). 🙂 I believe that you can print with or without photos.

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  7. I used to print out all my posts and keep them in binders, but this app seems easier. Of course, I don’t know if I want my story to be around in 100 years. Knowing that future generations might read my blog seems like I’m adding pressure to how I write now. Just saying… 🤔

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  8. I’m a big fan of analog….I keep a handwritten planner/journal and read books not nooks. SO this is right up my alley. Thanks for the sharing. I’m pinning to share!

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  9. Very interesting, Donna. I’ve been printing my blogs out one at a time for my mother, who doesn’t own a computer, but does like to read the blog. She’s saving them in a notebook, so I guess I do have one copy. This plugin is definitely interesting, though. #MLSTL

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  10. Wow, I hadn’t thought about what would happen to my blog…whenever…I quit, there’s no such thing as blogs and WordPress, etc.! Thank you for sharing this plug-in. Hopefully it is easy to upload because I get very nervous trying to figure out where to add the code to the HTML in order to get plug-ins to work. Will investigate. I had several school/library blogs that I enjoyed putting together but have not done anything with since I retired. I would be kind of cool to be able to save them…for posterity?

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  11. I would like to be able to print my blog content (or even save it as a PDF), but Leanne has already mentioned, you can’t do this with Blogger. (Although I think I could export it page by page to PDF, but that would be extremely tedious, and I’d be stuck with the having the headers and sidebars too rather than just the content.)

    Jude

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    1. Hi, Jude – I just went over to your ‘Beaches’ post and tried cutting and pasting it into a PDF. That seemed to work well and included your post photos but not the blogger header or sidebar. Mike may have a more technical or streamlined solution. In the meantime, this low-tech method might work.

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