Tuesday, March 25, 2014

BACKUP YOUR BLOGSPOT BLOG! Protect Your Blog From Sabotage.

Kimberlin Unmasked was a blogspot blog, but the author did not backup the blog.  When Team Kimberlin lied to Google about the nature of the blog, Google terminated the blog without any confirmation of TK's false claims (i.e., that KU was a "spoof site").  The result of this was that the blog owner lost months of posts and comments.

To protect your blog content from similar malfeasance, you should back up your blog on a regular basis.  I back mine up after every post I consider most important.

Here are the steps I follow to backup my blogs:

1.  Create a folder on your hard drive called "Blog Backup."

2.  Bring up the home page of your blogspot blog.  Be sure you are signed in.

3.  In the upper right hand corner of the blog page, click on "Design."  The "My Blogs" page will appear.

4.  To backup your blog template (the blog design, page structure, colors and such), click on "Backup/Restore."  A file of your template will download into your download folder.  Move this file into your "Blog Backup" folder (created in step 1 above).  Note:  this template does NOT include your blog content, i.e. your posts, your comments, your pictures and graphics.  However, if you have customized your blog page in any way, backing up the template can save a lot of work in recreating it, should disaster strike.

5. To backup your blog content, click on "Settings" at the left of this same page.  A list of subheadings appear.  At the bottom of this list, click on "Other."  A new page will appear.

6.  At the top of the page, click on "Export Blog."  A file will now download.  This is your content backup.  Move it from your download folder to your "Blog Backup" folder.  These files designate the date of the download in the file name, so it is easy to see the date of the latest backup.

You are now backed up.


librarygryffon said...

Thanks for the reminder and the info on how to do it!

Proof said...

Good to know! Good job, Stogie!

Stogie Chomper said...

Thanks Proof!

Stogie Chomper said...

You are most welcome, LibraryG!

Adrienne said...

I really need to do this. Really! I printed out the instructions and will get on it...

Always On Watch said...

Another steep learning curve! And a precaution that I'm going to take care of this weekend.

Thanks, Stogie!