By now, most folks are perhaps aware of the Blogspot meltdowns. Betsy’s Page got hacked, and now four years of her posts are gone. SubTerfuge also disappeared for awhile and lost its content. Fausta’s Blog has been having problems. I could go on, but this would turn into a linkfest, and I’m done with those sort of posts.
At any rate, on a discussion board and through email, I’ve had exchanges with several panicked bloggers. I’ve been attempting to advise folks to back up their blogs and have offered to walk them through the process. Yet none of them have taken me up on this offer to help – they’d rather just go on their merry little way and eventually forget the reality that their entire blog is in jeopardy. That would be, like, too much trouble or something. It kills me that these otherwise intelligent (and in some cases, utterly brilliant) people have spent hours a day blogging for years, yet they won’t take ten minutes to back up all that work.
How completely idiotic.
If you’re running Movable Type, WordPress, or Typepad, don’t look so smug either. You are not free from risk – last year, David Scott Anderson found out that his blog completely got erased when his bloghost “accidentally” wiped the server clean, along with the backup server. These sort of things happen all the damn time, so don’t think it won’t happen to you!
For every platform, a way exists to back up your posts. Even with Blogspot blogs this is true, though it was awfully crappy of them to not provide a visible method with which their users can backup their data. If you cannot figure out how to back up your blog, then contact me, and I will provide you with instructions for your platform. Depending on how many requests I get, it might take a day or two for me to respond, but I will tell you how to back up your blog. I won’t charge you for this information, and I don’t mind donating the time to disburse it and answer questions, BUT you have to take the initiative. Don’t be a dumbass.
UPDATE: Lots of requests coming in. Awesome! I will get to all of you – if you don’t hear anything within 24 hours of your request, please let me know.