The “Blogger Outage of 11” really sent waves through the blogging world. And since most of the people who use the Blogger platform do so for personal use, there was a lot of discussion about what amateur bloggers can do to protect their content, and their time.
The temporary shutdown resulted in a lot of lost content, mostly from posts that were waiting in the queue or posts that were just recently published. Although Google was able to retrieve much of the lost information, some of it may not be recovered. And there were a lot of tense hours for those waiting to see if they had to redo any of their posts.
We’ve come up with a few things you can do to ensure your sanity should Blogger (or any other blogging platform) go under for a time and take your new posts with it.
Back up posts offline
We’re big fans of backing up data on the cloud. But this is one case where it works the other way. It’s important to back up your posts on your physical computer so that if something screwy happens in cyberspace, you’ll still have the post you’ve written.
Use Word, Google Docs, or another word processor to type and save content
Actually, using a word processor may even make creating a blog post easier. You can type the content quickly — not worrying about formatting or spacing. When you get the words right, you can then cut and paste the content into your blog. That way, you have a copy of the hardest thing to re-create — your thoughts.
This is also a great way to store ideas and thoughts that you have for upcoming posts without risking losing them on the cloud.
Use a program like Live Writer to create posts
Another option is to use a secondary blog creator, such as Live Writer, to do all of the heavy lifting. You can import pictures, videos, and other content and organize it to your heart’s content. Then, when everything is ready, you can easily upload it to your blog. You’ll save time, create amazing looking posts, and have a backup in case of catastrophe.
If you want a really easy way to back up your blog work, simply print your posts out as you create them. You can create a physical file to remember all of your posts. For a more high-tech solution, use a blog book creator such as blurb.com to make lasting memories that can be viewed over and over again.
If you have any questions about blogging, including what hardware and software you should use to make it easier, give the Computer Guys USA a call at (928) 468-0000. We’ll be here to help you prevent a catastrophe. And if disaster strikes, we’ll be there to help clean up the mess.
Daniel Taft is the senior network administrator and member/owner of Computer Problem Specialists, LLC and CEO of “The Computer Guys USA, Inc” with a degree in applied computer science. His career spans more than 20 years.