Monday, July 23, 2012

BACK up your blog--learned 1st hand

I had a scare this morning. I was commenting on blogs and all the sudden it signed me out and took me to a screen that said "We've detected suspicious activity on your account, please verify.
I tried to look at my book blog and also the personal one for my girls, and it said your blog cannot be found... WHAT??
My heart dropped and I panicked.
Luckily I was able to get a verification code and everything was restored... But now I am backing up the blogs. It's an easy step, and you should do it to make sure you can restore your site.

Under settings, go to other and click export blog.
Under template, say back/up and restore.
Do this often.

I am setting a calendar reminder to back up once a week now.

There are other tools that you can use to back up your blog like Blogger Backup Utility, but it is slow to run. I use it too, but don't run as often as I should.

My question to you, my lovely readers:
Have you ever lost your blog?
What do you do to back up your blog?
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  1. Thanks for the heads-up! I've never done this before, but am doing it now (like, RIGHT NOW!). I would hate to lose all my hard work! Glad you were able to get your stuff back!

    Karis @ YA Litwit

  2. Great idea! I haven't backed up my blog before but I will be doing it weekly now.

  3. I'm doing it now... never thought that that could happen, haha.

  4. Oh wow, the exact same thing happened to me a few months ago and I had the very exact reaction too!! To think all the hard work down the drain ..just absolute horror!! I still believe Blogger makes this glitch to get phone numbers or such but glad all got restored. Got me thinking of switching to Wordpress but I've also worked hard to gain my followers and I don't think I'd be able to move them all there plus overall Blogger is great. --Glad you were able to restore. I'd be sad to not visit your site.

    1. The thought has crossed my mind to switch too, but I think I'm sticking around.

  5. I'm glad you were able to get everything restored! I didn't think about backups for my blog. =( Will definitely be doing it now.

  6. Thanks, It was always something I knew I should do but never did. I've followed your instructions and now have my blog safe. Thanks for the tip. I shall schedule regular back ups now too.
    Glad you got your blog back :D

  7. That happened to me when I first created my blog. I got a the code and it got fixed.

  8. All right, I don't have a back up under settings. When I click on Template, it's asking if I want to download the template before changing it. Is that what I want to do? How does downloading the template make me not lose my blog stuff?

  9. Never mind ... figured it out! :-D Thanks for the info!

  10. Thanks for the reminder! I try to remember once a month, but I think it's been awhile.

  11. Thanks for the great reminder! I have never backed up my blog and I really should. I am adding a reminder to my calendar as well.

  12. Oh wow... I am reading so many tips tonight!! I didn't even know how... Thanks!

    Angela's Anxious Life

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    Greetz, MM

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