My Social Life…er…Book

I always feel a little bad when someone who is not a blogger/social media person “friends” me on Facebook. I post a lot. More than the average person, anyway.

I try not to over do, but I am almost positive that I have been “blocked” and “unfriended” for how often I show up in people’s newsfeeds. Those who do still keep me around have mentioned that some of the things I post–such as funny little things the kids say or pictures of stuff Eddie has written or drawn–I should somehow keep. I always figure by putting them on Facebook, I AM keeping them, however unorganized that is.

You may not believe it, but I used to be a hard-core scrapbooker. HARD. CORE.

I like to think that someday…someday…I will go back and at LEAST finish the projects I started (like Charlie’s baby book and Eddie’s toddler years), but I have started making photo books via websites because it’s just easier. But I don’t remember to put all the little details in those, ya know?  They are just photos.

I was given the opportunity to try something called My Social Book, a site that takes your Facebook and Instagram feeds and turns them into a keepsake book.

My Social Book

Before diving in to making my book, I checked out all the other options–there are five total:

  1. My Social Book Photos: This one makes a book of all your Facebook Photo albums
  2. My Social Book Page: This one makes a book out of your Facebook Page, so if I wanted to make Sluiter Nation’s Facebook page into a book, this would be the one I would choose.
  3. My Social Book Lovers: This is for two people’s social accounts so they can be side-by-side. I would make one with Cortney, but he would have one status update to my fifty, so maybe no.
  4. My Social Book Friends: This one is for up to five people so you can all tell a common story.

I made the classic “My Social Book” out of my Facebook updates from January of this year until June 30. Six months. It took 324 pages.

I KNOW.

But look!

My Social Book

All of my status updates, photos, and all YOUR comments from the past six months! {you can choose to leave comments off. Admittedly, this added more pages to mine}

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It’s a pretty awesome way to keep all the pictures and thoughts I’ve shared all in one place. There are a few things I would have taken out if I could have individually gone through all the pages (like some of the memes and stuff I don’t really need to keep for the sake of nostalgia, ya know?), but I thought it was neat how it’s all laid out. And since I share ALL OF THE THINGS on social media, it makes for a pretty cool “diary” for my kids to look through some day.

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It would be pretty cool to do this every six months. My one beef with that is that it’s a little pricey. My 300+ pages would have cost about $80 to do. Although, if I had done that much scrapbooking, it would have cost WAY more than that.

So Cortney and I were discussing how it was WAY cool, but was it $80 cool?

Of course they are not all that expensive. Mine is a little crazy big, so if I did smaller ones without all the comments and excluded a few other things, it would be more reasonable to do this every so often.

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And at the same time, I think it would be so cool to sit down in 20 years and look back on this book. Or better yet watch Eddie, Charlie, and Alice look back on this book. The year our family was made whole and complete.

I’m sorry. I got something in my eye looking back…

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Yeah, it’s $80 cool.

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Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. My Social Book provided me with an $80 credit to make a book and then write about it. No other payment was exchanged. All opinions are mine.  To learn more about My Social Book, like their Facebook Page or visit their site.

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