I’m coming up on my one year anniversary as a blogger on October 17th. (Here’s my first post. Oh, I was so young and naive!)
Back then my boys were 6, 8, and 10, and my fourth child was my Byrne Risk manuscript. Now, a year later, my boys are 7, 9, and 11, and I have a book published (Life, Liberty, and Pursuit), Byrne Risk is launched and in the hands of agents and an editor, and the fourth child that wakes me up at night is my Open Minds manuscript. And I have over 220 followers who, for some reason, keep coming back to see what I blog about next.
Any way you slice that, it’s been an amazing, thrilling year. Clearly some kind of follower/blogoversary celebration is in order, so stay tuned for that!
The Importance Of Backing Up
My awesome blogger friend KarenG, who has been blogging for an amazing 5 years, made me realize that I have a huge amount of written work that I’ve never backed up. Namely, my blog.
I refer to it all the time, send friends and acquaintances to it for book recommendations, and generally use it to store tidbits of information I find relevant to the writing universe. I would cry wet, sloppy tears if it all went *poof* one day.
Fortunately, Blogger has a back-up function. Go to your Blogger Dashboard > Settings > Basic > Export blog. Blogger creates an XML file you can save to your computer, and then later use to import, should Blogger hiccup all over your blog, or decide that you’re a SPAM blog and delete you outright.
I now have a tidy XML file with all my blog postings, an impressive 5 megs containing nearly a quarter million words. So that’s what I’ve been spending all my time on! Since I have a regular backup system on my computer, my blog now has a triple redundant backup system (assuming I remember to back up the blog on a regular basis).
Because if I’m going to cry, I want it to be over a really good book, not lamenting the loss of 1’s and 0’s.