I’ve put a whole lotta mamahours into this here blog and heard an awful lot of horror stories about blogs being hacked, deleted, etc. So I faithfully back up my blog every month. There’s actually a calendar reminder set to pop up on the 1st of each month and remind me to do the previous month’s backup.
Anyhow, I’ve got it stored in two ways, because I’m paranoid like that (you should see how we triple back up images in this house, woohee), and thought I’d detail the methods here in case anyone else is feeling the need for backing up.
Copy and paste backup:
Basically I copy the blog into MS Word, one month at a time. Open your word-processing program in one window. Open your blog in another window and choose a specific month’s archives. Highlight all of the text and pictures, copy, then paste into your word-processing program. Note that if you post a lot you’ll have to do this a few times -- hitting “older posts” at the bottom each time – to get all the posts in a month. I keep six months in each document, and have done this since starting the blog.
I recently learned how to take a backup of the entire blog and its comments each month. This is useful if your blog ever gets hacked and you need to restore (import) every flippin’ thing. Go into the Blogger homepage (blogger.com), go to Settings, then choose Other. Click Export Blog. Then click Download Blog.
It might take several minutes for Blogger to get the XML file ready. When it pops up the below window, choose Save File in the button list then click OK to save the file to your computer. After saving, I leave the “downloads” window open then drag the file where I want to keep it.
My blogger backup folder looks like this:
Anyhow, that’s about it. Takes a few minutes each month and gives me great peace of mind. The XML version will work for as long as I’m using Blogger and the word-processor version will be good long after I’ve stopped blogging.
Now I need to run outside and see what is making that odd banging sound – the wind is FIERCE today, with forecast gusts up to 50mph. Wanna bet whether some of the neighbors’ Christmas decorations end up in our yard?