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What is this contraption???

So you want to turn your blog into a document that you can email to clients? It’s quick, free and no account is required through HP’s Tabbloid.com that turns any blog’s RSS feed into a PDF that is emailed to you that you can then forward to the clients in your email list.

The drawback that I see is that it says “Tabbloid” at the top so it may not suffice for you, but you could always use a pdf editor to take those words out and put in your own.


Too Easy:

Simply click the big blue “Get Started” button, enter the URL of your blog, your email and your desired delivery times. You don’t have to set up an account or buy anything, you’re already done. It will gather all your articles, put them into a PDF and magically, you have what looks like a newsletter to send out to clients! Here’s what it looks like up close:

Lani is the Chief Operating Officer at The American Genius - she has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH and Austin Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.

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  1. Bob

    December 27, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    Thanks for the tip.

    Would love to see your top 10 lists for 2008 with regard to tech, marketing etc.

    if you actually do a post along those lines, I don’t expect, nor will I accept any compensation for this suggestion

  2. Matt Wilkins

    December 27, 2008 at 10:38 pm

    Great find! This is similar to a service I heard about called Feed Journal wwww.feedjournal.com that turns your feeds into a newspaper format for reading.

  3. Lani Rosales

    December 28, 2008 at 12:04 am

    I tried feedjournal but found it to be less stable and was cumbersome to set up. I don’t like that I had to eliminate feeds that it automatically tried to feed me (and often wouldn’t *let* me opt out of), sometimes it duplicated the feed so I would get the same story two times in a row, but it is a really pretty final product, so it’s most certainly worth checking out! Matt, have you had any of these issues?

  4. Jim Gatos

    December 28, 2008 at 12:20 am

    Now THIS is something I could use! It’s free and I could hard print a newsletter based on my blog for my small amount of people on my COI list! Cool and fast…

  5. Missy Caulk

    December 28, 2008 at 9:25 am

    good fine, Lani.

    I can see it as helpful way to encourage folks to subscribe by RSS.

  6. Jim Gatos

    December 28, 2008 at 9:42 am

    This is what I get when I go to feedjournal.com…

    This IP address cannot be used for browsing.

    This hosting account is either Expired or you are browsing to an IP that is not enabled for browsing. To quickly resolve this problem, please contact our hosting support team. (Note, you must be a webhosting customer of Webhost4life.com in order to contact technical support.)

    So, what’s that mean?

    Thanks
    Jim

  7. Doug Devitre

    December 28, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    Very nice. I have invested in the Adobe Acrobat so I can make the changes but to insert videos into the PDF it requires the upgrade to Adobe Professional Extended Pro which is like an extra $200+. Well worth the investment to save on printing in my opinion.

  8. Matt Wilkins

    December 28, 2008 at 6:38 pm

    Jim: https://www.feedjournal.com/ works for me.

    Lani: I do agree that it can be a bit cumbersume to set up. One features they just added ist he ability to fed a multi-author multi-category blogs like AG and create newspaper versions of the blog.

  9. Lani Rosales

    December 28, 2008 at 6:51 pm

    Jim, I just went there again and it worked fine, it sounds like their servers were down when you checked it out, but like I said I don’t really use it so I can’t speak to it. I’d give it another shot. 🙂

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I don’t gamble. RIP to Mister Kenny Rogers, but this whole folding, holding, walking, running business is bad for my heart.

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Ordinarily, this’d just be an interesting collection of folks talking stock, but some of their threads have been shown to have an effect on share prices!

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By finishing this and other tasks, participants can expect to make a grand total of…$5. It’s not much, but at least that’s a fancy cup of coffee for work you can do while waiting for the ads to finish on your TV show.

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