I’ve never experienced any issues with Blogger service and I never felt need to backup my blog content. Well, at least not till yesterday. Quite foolish, I know. Yesterday I went on and created another account to backup my blog but I couldn’t back it up since I couldn’t access my blog. By now you probably know that Blogger was not available for last couple days and that you were not able to access your blogs, comment on Blogger hosted blogs, etc. The first thing I’ve noticed today after I managed to log in is that all comments that were left between May 11 and today are gone. They are lost. Most of them were published under 10 Books Every Photographer Should Have. If you have left a comment and it’s gone, now you know why it’s gone.
That’s the reason why you always need a backup plan! I’ve lost comments, maybe I should go on and check out is anything else missing. Backing up is simple and free. If you are Blogger user, go to your Dashboard, open the settings tab and click on Export blog. Follow one more step to save the file. You can save the exported file on your hardrive or online.
I’ve decided to backup my blog online via WordPress. This means I will actually have two blogs hosted on two different serves. Easy and free. The WordPress will act like my backup while miracrisp.com will stay my primary blog. To import a blog to WordPress, go to your Dashboard (after you create an account) and on the left-hand side you will see a Tools section. Select Import. WordPress allows import from 10 blog servers. Select yours.
You can select automated import process.
Or if you scroll down to the bottom of the page, you can upload your exported Blogger file yourself like I did.
The import process takes a while, depending on your blog content. For more information on importing blog content to WordPress go here.
Remember, exporting your blog will save (and later import) all the posts (drafts and published), images and comments. Nothing will be lost. If you are foolish like I am and you keep postponing this task, you will eventually lose posts, comments, pictures, thoughts, and ideas… So, back it up! : ) Have you?
Lynda, thanks for reminding me, I forgot to mention that. I guess I assumed everyone would go private with the backup blog. For all of you who don’t know – you can be penalized for double content by search engines when indexing sites. If your backup blog is public, disable search engines to avoid this.