Friday, May 27, 2011

8 Armchair BEA Blogging about Blogging

This week is coming to an end. I've really enjoyed reading everyones Armchair BEA posts. Today the suggested topic is Blogging about Blogging. Today I thought I would share one of the most important technical things I've learned about blogging. Are you ready? This is huge. You might want to go get a pen and write this down. Always remember. Never Forget to back up, back up, back up your blog. I've heard horror stories of blogs just disappearing. One day they wake up and their blog has been deleted. All their hard work is gone. A few weeks ago, blogger had some technical difficulties. They had to take down any changes made after a certain day. They were able to restore most of what was taken down but not everything. This was like a slap in the face to remind me how important it is to back up your work and your blog. So today's post is on how to back up your blog. It's so easy and it only takes a minute.

Step 1. Go to blogger in draft
Step 2. click on your settings tab, under basic, find 'export blog' (it's located near the top)
Step 3. click on export blog. (This will download your blog onto a file on your computer) From there you can move it to a zip drive or CD.

That's it. Now you've backed up your blog. It's not a huge file. It's about 5mg. It takes less then a minute to download. I do this about once a month. You can do it as often as you want. If for some reason blogger deletes your blog all you have to do is go through Step 1and Step 2 but instead of clicking on export, you click on import upload your file. It's so easy to do, it only takes a few minutes and it will save you tons of stress.



8 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for this! I didn't even know you could do this! After the blogger scare I was starting to wonder about my blog disappearing and it scared me so much but I didn't think there was anything I could do to prevent it. This is an invaluable tip! Great post! ;)

    ~Loren

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  2. Great advice, Marcie! I just backed up my blog..I didn't even know that you could!

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  3. Great tip! Blogger tends to throw many of us for a loop.. there is always an issue going on.
    Here's my post for today.

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  4. Thanks for commenting! I am following you now- & since you like HF you need to follow me back ;)

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  5. @Marie, I subscribed to your blog by email :D.

    @Kelsey and Loren Chase, I didn't know about backing up either until a few months ago.

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  6. Wow. That's great advice that with hindsight seems obvious, but I've been blogging since 2006 and have never backed up by blogs. I think I have this false feeling of security that it's all out there on the web.

    Thanks!

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  7. Fantastic advice. Thank you for reminding me that I need to do this.

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  8. Thanks for the heads up. I am going to back mine up to my hard drive. Happy reading.

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