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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Don't be a Blog Orphan: How are you Backing Up

Think Like a Teacher blogger and I have been corresponding.

You see, I thought she was a new blogger and wanted to encourage her and help her write. However, I was wrong.

She is an orphaned blogger as she described in her post Orphans and Backups. She says:

"I moved my blog from such a place to this comfortable new home a couple of months ago. The symptoms that the parents were no longer there at my old “home”: no response at all to any “contact tech support” email (of course, this happens at very busy places, too), no recent press releases, and no updates to their Wordpress software. The result was that spammers took over. Without software updates to stay ahead of the latest spam tactics, my blog was overrun with Viagra and porn-filled “comments,” clogging the moderation queue to the point that I had to turn off comments on all but the most recent post. Without updated blogging software on my “family” servers, I was unable to add better spam tools or BACK UP my blog. The host site had locked access to do things myself. In the end, I had to walk out the door, leaving all my worldly possessions (posts and comments) behind in a sort of suspended animation (visions of Miss Havisham’s decayed room with cobwebs, lost in time?). My blog was an orphan.

I spent a long time trying to take everything with me, to no avail."

So, I am grateful that her loss is not total in that she is SHARING THIS WITH US.

Bloggers, what are you doing to back up your blog? (or wiki or voicethread)

Spread this through the blogosphere.

On my blog I am e-mailing myself a copy of all blog posts (blogger does it automatically) and I was archiving all comments but stopped doing that. I'm going to start again.

Alas, I see no full backup -- so I'm going to have to look into what to do.

What would happen if you were orphaned?

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