Let’s discuss bloggy stuff, shall we?
After last week’s Blogger Blackout, I lost Thursday’s post (along with its comments) and it had me thinking about saving copies of posts. In a way, I’m glad that Blogger timed out because I learned a valuable lesson. If I ever lost most or all of my posts, I’d be devastated! Months and months down the drain. Imagine?!
So now, I’m going to start “backing up”. I’m going to start pdf’ing my entries and saving them as files in my computer.
And this leads me to the subject of backing up computer files. A few years ago, I got a computer virus and it pretty much wiped out every piece of information stored. My boyfriend’s computer genius of a friend was able to retrieve some of my school papers and a few songs from my iTunes library, but that’s it. My resumes, writing samples and program files were gone–in a matter of minutes.
I have virus protection now, but that doesn’t mean that I’m immune from getting another and I still don’t back up. Now that I’m actively looking to do so, I’m having trouble figuring out what would be the quickest, most efficient way of doing this.
There are also external drives. A cheaper choice, but it requires regular manual back-ups, which can be tedious and time-consuming, especially if you blog regularly (or type papers, download music, update your resumes and cover letters, etc.).
So my question is: do you have a safety net for your files? What do you do? Do you find your way to be efficient, easy, convenient?
Please share your thoughts below. I’m dying to know how you guys go about this (if you do at all)!