How to Turn Your Self-Hosted WordPress Blog into a Blurb Book

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Blurb BookSmart® gives you the ability to create blog books from blogs on Blogger, Live Journal, Typepad, and WordPress.com. However, currently it doesn’t work with a self-hosted WordPress blog, i.e., one on your own domain. While we work on a fix to this, there’s an easy workaround that can actually help make the editing process easier – something I discovered while making a blog book from our #camerathursdays posts on blog.blurb.com. And it takes about five minutes.

Step 1: Export your posts

First go to your blog admin panel and select “Export” under the “Tools” menu. Here’s where you have a chance to select the content you’ll want to export. This can make creating your book easier down the road because you’ll only import certain content. I chose a specific category I wanted to import. ↓

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Step 2: Create a WordPress.com blog

Now that you’ve exported your posts and they’re on your computer, it’s time to find them a temporary home on WordPress.com. Creating an account is free and easy. Keep that password handy – you’ll need it in BookSmart. ↓

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Step 3: Import your posts

Go into the admin panel on your new wordpress.com blog and select “Import” under “Tools.” This should look pretty familiar. Select WordPress as your import source ↓

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Then upload your exported posts. ↓

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Step 4: Slurp blog into BookSmart

Now, just fire up BookSmart, select a book size, choose a blog book, and enter your WordPress.com login credentials. Since you already chose which blog posts you wanted to export, you’ll only get the posts you need. Need more help slurping your blog? We have a video on that. ↓

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21 Comments

  1. Hi!

    Thanks for this tip. I have converted my wordpress blog into a new one using the instructions above. It worked well and I have a new blog. BUT when trying to put the blog into a book, booksmart shows me no entries – so it looks empty….any suggestions???

    By Mike
      June 11, 2012 – 3:34 am   Permalink
  2. Hey Mike,

    I’m sorry, I’m not sure why that would be. It could just be that you didn’t click some check box. Contact our Support Team at the link below and they can help you out: http://blur.by/JMrmUH

    best

    Kent

    By Kent
      June 11, 2012 – 9:33 am   Permalink
  3. I’m having the same problem. Booksmart finds the blog but the entries are blank. My blog already was on wordpress.com but I followed these steps to create a test blog just to see if that would fix the problem. But it didn’t. Just want to confirm that “xxxx”.wordpress.com” should be able to be slurped, right? Would really like to use this feature.

    By Amy
      June 19, 2012 – 4:50 pm   Permalink
  4. Hey Amy,

    It worked for us, and our blog was in the same format “xxx”.wordpress.com. Are you able to get the posts into wordpress.com correctly, or is the problem happening in BookSmart? We only imported about 20 or so posts – it’s possible that bigger blogs could hang up.

    best

    Kent

    By Kent
      June 20, 2012 – 9:55 am   Permalink
  5. Your related post no.3″ Blurb’s New Blog to Book program” when clicked just reveals a “Not found” page.

      June 21, 2012 – 12:00 am   Permalink
  6. Hey Roger, We’ve fixed that link. However, it’s a very old, and out-of-date post, back when we were just testing out our blog to book program. So stick with what we have here, as well as the other related links in the list.

    By Kent
      June 21, 2012 – 10:52 am   Permalink
  7. thank you so much! This worked very well!!!! Super.

    By heather
      September 13, 2012 – 1:27 pm   Permalink
  8. Hey Heather,

    Fantastic! So glad to hear that. It’s nice seeing all that screen work transformed into paper, isn’t it?

    Kent

    By Kent
      September 13, 2012 – 5:39 pm   Permalink
  9. So, I get to the point of slurping – hit continue (list of blogs chosen). Up comes the import photos page. I started with a lot of material – I’m used to doing 400 page books with you guys. Photos were imported. Then waited for another two hours – while nothing happened. Nada. Still stuck on the Slurp! page while the booksmart main page shows minimal population – mostly just the form with a few titles. So I waiting an extra hour and ended up with an error message? Or maybe a time-out message – saying not to worry, that my work was saved and I just had to log-in again. But when I logged in, there had been nothing saved.

    This morning, I tried again with less than half the material, imported 905 photos (I’m image heavy), and I’m still sitting here with nothing going on. How much material is too much? What happens after the import is complete – before the Slurp window actually DOES something? I want to preserve my material, but if this thing can only handle 150 pages at a time, I won’t be able to afford to use this service – which is really disappointing. I mean, I’m already having to import everything in to WP.com, which I did faithfully, following these instructions. But now, Booksmart doesn’t seem to work????

      December 29, 2012 – 12:42 pm   Permalink
  10. Okay. Made sure I had the newest version of Booksmart and cut down the material to many fewer entries. And finally, I got something going. May I ask you, with your experience, about some of the weird things I’m running into?
    1) The text coming from WordPress comes in without spaces between paragraphs. This has to have something to do with the way WP sets up its HTML, right? Have you had to go in and make page breaks at the end of each paragraph?

    2) Sometimes the comments get slurped all in a nice flow. Sometimes the comments each get assigned a page – one page for one comment. Any clue as to why it works well sometimes and sometimes not?

    3) Now that, idiot as I am, I’ve invested an hour or so making page breaks, deleting pages, copy-and-pasting comments – I end up with not many pages in the book. I want LOTS of pages in the book. Is it possible to slurp MORE posts into this book? I don’t see anywhere on the site where anybody’s taught us any of this stuff. And this process is not the magic Ta-DA!! process I hoped it would be. Worth it, but not at all a slam dunk.

      December 29, 2012 – 4:37 pm   Permalink
  11. Hey Kristen,

    Sounds like you’ve done a lot of work on this. Here are my best answers:

    1) While WordPress is great, it can create some messy code, which will translate into messy layouts. Unfortunately, hand-editing the layout is your best bet.

    2) Unfortunately, I’m not sure why it treats some comments differently.

    3) Yes, you can import more blogs. On the left-hand panel above your posts is a button that says “import blogs.”

    I’m hoping we can add some improvements to make the whole process more “Ta Da.” Thanks for sticking with it.

    best

    Kent

    By Kent
      January 2, 2013 – 1:33 pm   Permalink
  12. Hey Kristen,

    I’m sorry you’re having trouble with it. At this point, you should contact our Support Team. They can help you through the process:

    http://blur.by/Teoa6W

    best

    Kent

    By Kent
      January 2, 2013 – 1:34 pm   Permalink
  13. My mistake — I found the blog to book choice on the next screen.

    But here’s my new question…

    when importing /slurping from a wordpress.com site — it doesn’t import images that are in wordpress galleries. The only images that get imported are those that are directly placed in the blog post.

    This is a problem — is there a workaround or other solution? I have almost 600 posts and it would be too much work to update every post manually.

    Thanks,

    By david
      January 25, 2013 – 12:09 pm   Permalink
  14. Hey David,

    I’m not sure if there is a way, but our Support Team may have an answer for you – give them a try: http://blur.by/YdcjqC

    best

    Kent

    By Kent
      January 28, 2013 – 9:13 pm   Permalink
  15. Hi, is there a time plan för Wien you expect to support creating books from selfhosted wordpress blog ( if that is the plan).

    I wanted selfhosted hosted to keep control or My content, but highest with is a easy integration with Blurb so I can considering motvind the blog to another provider. Which provider are you experience least trubbel with or recommend for smothest user experience in cooperation with Blurb (Blogger, LiveJournal, Typepad, WordPress.com)?

    BR Maria

    By Maria Broberg
      May 30, 2013 – 2:13 am   Permalink
  16. Hey Maria,

    I know it’s something we’ve looked at, but I’m not sure if it’s something we’ll be doing any time soon. I think WordPress is a great choice. You can do a self-hosted version and then use the instructions above to import your blog into wordpress.com and then into Blurb.

    best

    Kent

    By Kent
      June 4, 2013 – 11:49 am   Permalink
  17. In Booksmart, in “identify blog source” panel “wordpress.com” does not appear in the list of possible blogs. How can I add it?

    By Clotilde
      November 12, 2013 – 5:59 am   Permalink
  18. If you’re not seeing that, give our Support Team a shout. They can help you out: http://blur.by/142QfRI

    By Kent
      November 22, 2013 – 3:36 pm   Permalink
  19. Thanks!! This really helps!

    By eromi
      December 1, 2013 – 11:07 am   Permalink
  20. I attempted to slurp my wordpress.com site into a blurb book. The posts appear on the left side of the layout screen in blurb, it looks like the text is linking, but none of the photos are downloaded. Any thoughts on how to fix this?

    By jake
      March 4, 2014 – 11:21 am   Permalink
  21. Hey Jake,

    Give our Support Team a shout, and they’ll be able to take a look: http://blur.by/YdcjqC

    By Kent
      March 12, 2014 – 1:57 pm   Permalink

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