Family and childhood stories: using Blogging to share them !

Many people will say that writing is a great way to escape and think about something else. That’s exactly the case for Brian, who used his blog as a way to share and record his childhood and family stories.

Tell us a little bit about yourself : Your passions, your hobbies, your projects…

I’m married, with two teen children (one boy, one girl). Besides family, my passion is fishing. I live in Seattle, which is an amazing place to satisfy my fishing “addiction”, where we fish for halibut, cod, rockfish, crab, shrimp, and yes, even albacore tuna in the summer.

Brian Leonard holding two fish on a dock

What is your blog about and why did you want to address this subject when starting it?

My blog is about stories from my childhood. It’s extremely personal. I’m almost 50 years old, and as I get older, I’m sure it will become more and more difficult to remember the people, places, and occurrences of my youth. So I set out to spend an hour or two every week to just think about my past, and memorialize those moments in writing, so that my children will know more about me, and why some of the people in my past influenced me in wonderful ways to make me who I am today.

What content (articles, illustrations) are you the most proud of?

I truly enjoy writing. I don’t know why…I don’t know how, but people tell me I’m good at it. I’m really writing with my children in mind, in a way that I hope best connects with them when they’re older. But if I were to look forward 20 years, and saw that my son or daughter was laughing, or crying with joy by what I’ve written, and their memories of me – that’s what I would be most proud of.

What do you like the most about blogging?

Being able to write whatever I want, with no worry about consequences. Most of my writing is work related, so it’s refreshing to write purely for myself.

Why did you want to turn your  family blog into a book?

A few members of my family follow my blog. But last year, I happened to learn about BlookUp, and I had an “Aha!” moment: Let’s make my blog into a book, and send it as Christmas gift to my parents and siblings, who are all in my stories.

How did you find out about BlookUp?

I can’t remember.

What did you think about the making process of your blook? Did you encounter any difficulties or issues?

Very little. The only disconnect was one of culture: In the US, we put our Table of Contents at the front of the book. When I requested this, you made it happen. I would like the ability to be a little more creative with the artwork and fonts. The choices were somewhat limited, but it was good enough.

Do you enjoy the final result? What does your family and friends think about your blook?

Yes, I really liked what I ended up with. Everyone loves it!

Would you recommend BlookUp and/or use it again in the future?


Thank you so much Brian for this interview, the team is glad you love your blook! You guys can read Brian’s stories on his blog right here!

A paper book : could you change it ?

That is what we could soon hear in the mouth of the youngest!  The generation “digital native” been born a transplanted keyboard left hand and a smartphone right hand.

If 98 % of the young people prefer to read on paper rather than on screen. The question is whether the paper will always have so many followers when this “digital natives” will reach the age to be bibliophiles?

Maybe what is more for this new generation, the expression ” to turn over a new leaf” will be transformed there “to refresh the page”, more adequate to what defines the current digital page.

Be up to date!

Turn in a loop !  The record is crossed off!  Will these expressions have only another sense tomorrow? Or will they have become unusual since the progressive disappearance of their support? Mp3 havetaken an important place in the current musical consumption. It is logically that the market of the Compact disc tends to disappear. Already met phenomenon there are more than about twenty year with the extinction of the vinyl for the benefit of Said CD.

For the book and the appearance of its malefic double.

The digital book, it is about a similar foundation. Real debate, the dematerialization of the book causes the same debates today which enamelled the passage in the digital photography and in the dematerialized music. Paper book(pound) Vs digital book there will be there only one? Which? And why not both if we take into account economic data and sociological?

The paper book, the museum piece or the collector’s edition?

In the coming years, we are going to observe a “collector’s” future of the paper book in front of development of his digital antagonist? It is also the difference!  The material. Between paper and digital support, the material entraine this clear quality gap, the paper becomes a luxury object in the face of a dematerialized support. Actually, hypothetically, it is not impossible that the digital book comes to replace the paperback.

The future of the book, the Print-On Demand?

A complete report has just been made in May by the Association of College and Research libraries on “the scenarios for the future of the book”.

Indeed; it explores 4 alternatives with which can be confronted the book. Since almost disappearance of the paper book for the benefit of the digital technology or mutually, the failure of the ebook because of a too expensive technology and which does not convince the readers, certain data are however common to all the scenarios:

  1. The technology of the printed books does not go out but occupies a position, a different function. Let us remember ourselves that even if the electricity produces the light, candles kept a status mattering in our company)
  2. The readers of books are less numerous
  3. A new phenomenon expands! Print-On Demand.


However, in 2020, the creation and the publication of books will be less expensive and easier. We shall not find any more only authors’ big names! A lot of people unknowns will self-publish their own paper books to share their papers with friends or to keep a track of things, facts. In these conditions the ISBN will not be any more an essential component of the book and there will be more and more titles of books of fiction, short stories, poems, theories.

The authors continues to find that the paper book is more taken seriously than his digital counterpart! And the paper books becomes the new business cards. Leave me your book, I would tell you what you are worth.

The world continues to be invaded by the paper book!  Therefore ironically it will be made possible by the digital technologies.

A baby reading a paper book Will the new generation still read paper books?