I’m not writing at the moment. I am instead doing something I should have done long ago and in fact this should have been part of my ritual from day 1 of writing this blog. As a programmer by trade I should know better yet each night I go to bed and still almost every word I have written in 9 months of blogging remains without back up.
I have written more than 800 posts in that time, tens and tens of thousands of words, hundreds of ideas poured onto the page yet I do so with little regard for protecting it from chance or stupidity. The thought of losing it all now is just bowel churningly awful as I intend to put a load of into into a number of books this year.
When I started my blog I did not really think much beyond signing up to wordpress and then beginning to type. To this day that is mostly what I do with very little plan or real agenda.
I realise that you can export your entire Blog using WordPress functionality, and this I did though I will admit that I think there may well be an issue with the file as I am encountering all manner of issues trying to export it from XML. Instead of buggering around with the file I instead chose to open every single post I have made and copy it to an appropriate word document (one for poems, another for flash fiction etc) and then save that both locally and to the cloud.
I realise there are better more efficient ways of doing this but if 15 years of programming have taught me anything, it is that if you don’t back up regularly you will get your arse spanked on this matter before too long. It will still take me a couple of days to complete but already I feel far happier knowing that I am not leaving such things to chance and I will most certainly be far more disciplined in such matters going forward.
I’m sure you all back everything up though right. Probably just me.