A kidnapped blog!!
Made me wonder if this was entirely isolated – but it is not. It has happened before.
This got me thinking, I have no backup of my blog entries. And a quick google around turns up that there is no “export” from blogspot. The only workaround is to create a template and publish on the home page every post and all of the comments. I tried that but at 300+ posting with 5,000+ comments – blogger “broke”. No joy.
If the blog got kidnapped – I would lose all of that. Makes you think. It took a bit of work to put it together. But I always just used either the blogger edit screens or the word plugin to post with. I have a couple dozen blog entries on disk – but they are mostly incomplete/pre-final versions as I tend to refine the words/format after posting.
As the blogger above whose blog was kidnapped pointed out “you get what you pay for, blogger is free”. So, my plan is to investigate “real” blog sites (typepad maybe)? And start pdf-ing my blog entries, the contents + comments page – in order to have a backup.
So, couple of questions. Anyone know of any blogspot utilities that can connect and retrieve each post to disk locally? Better yet, one that will save the comments and post.
And recommendations for a hosted blogging service? I don’t want to run the infrastructure, but I don’t mind paying for it to be done for me. Especially if that hosted service has a process to automate the export from blogspot.com to itself that would be great. I’m looking for simplicity – I don’t want 1,001 cool features. The more simple the better.
I found "blogCollector [Lite]" - free to test with. It downloaded my entire blog and made a nice pdf book for me in a couple of seconds. I can get on the plane tonight feeling confident that my blog entries will not just "disappear". It might take work to put them all back but it could be done.
And, for anyone that is interested, you can use this tool to point at various blogs/RSS feeds and make a pdf book out of them in seconds. Pretty cool.
Also, blogger is now making me use word verification to publish posts. My guess - someone wrote an automatic "let's try some username/passwords and see if we cannot modify blogs". With the word verification - that is not possible (not feasible would be a better way to put it I guess). But it does break the posting tools! I had to save as draft and then log into blogspot to publish this content.
Progress, that is what it is all about :)