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Backing Up Your Blog

I used to have a blog that I used as a journal. It was visible only to me. I detailed my feelings, everything. It was a gem of a blog, something that I seriously thought I may make public someday to help others who needed encouragement. It was a good read, one that I worked hard on.

One day, I decided to change the labels on my posts. Not good, not good at all. I ended up accidentally deleting 75% of my blog. The only posts that remained were the ones that I wrote at the very beginning of my journey. I was crushed.

Recently, I was excited to learn that there is a very simple way to backup your blog posts on Blogger. Using this feature will backup all of your current posts and comments into a file, which you can save on your computer. If something horrible happens and you lose your posts, you can import the posts that you saved into a new blog or your existing one. How cool is that?

IMPORTANT: Be careful not to click on "Delete blog" as it is right next to the import and export links.

To backup your posts:

Go to Settings-->Export Blog-->Download Blog--> Save

To restore your posts:

Go to Settings-->Import Blog-->Find the document you exported-->Import Blog. The first time I did this, it took well over an hour. I had 190 posts and a not-fast-but-not-dial-up internet connection. I ended up just closing the application. When I opened the blog, though, all 190 posts were there. Cool. It now takes me less than five minutes to back up my blog with my faster connection.

Once the file has been exported, click on it and make sure that it contains your posts. Your photos will not visible in this file. You will need to import it to a practice blog to see if they are there.

When you export your blog, it only exports the posts that have already been written. It will not continue to save future posts. You will periodically have to do this if you want to backup your newer posts. This feature only works for posts. It will not save your design elements, your header, or template. Just your posts.

I exported my posts today. I think I'll probably do this every three weeks or so. You know, just in case. :)

Happy Blogging! Need more help importing or exporting your blog? Click here.


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24 comments:

~BridgetL~ said...

Great tip. I'd really hate to lose what I have done so far.
Sorry you lost all your stuff.

Sometimes Sophia said...

Excellent post for techtards like me. I've been thinking about doing this, and now I know how to do so. Thanks!!

C.C. and Double T said...

Awesome! I think I will have to back up all my stuff. I have them in email because it is sent to me every time I post, but I would hate to have to redo things the hard way if I ever lost everything!

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Rebecca said...

I love the import and export feature on blogs - great tip!

Happy Tuesday!
:)
Becki@BlogMommas

-stephanie- said...

Great tip. thanks.

He And Me + 3 said...

You are a genius once again. Are you just learning as you go? If so, thanks for passing it all on!

Shauna said...

I am new here! What a great blog :)

Julie said...

That would be SO depressing! Blogger just started that feature over Christmas...that's how I switched my blog url. I'm SO glad they added that! I use my blog as a scrapbook, so if I lost it...it'd be devastating!

Kerri said...

Thanks for that tip. I didn't know how to do that!

Tiffany said...

Thanks so much for this tip! I've been wondering how to do that!

Tim said...

NICE Jill! What a great tip, we should all be so lucky to have a friend like you that will share secrets.

Love and Prayers,

Tim

Lisa said...

Thanks for the tip! I just backed it up...hopefully I won't have to use it anytime though.

Sheryl said...

Thank you so much for that tip. It's almost like you know what type of luck I have. I will be backing up my blog tonight.

Have a great evening.

Mom2my9 said...

Wow, great post! I accidentally deleted some posts once and it was really upsetting! I will definitely be doing this on a regular basis now thanks to your post!

Penny said...

First time here.
Love your tips and links!

~Bobbi~ said...

Oh my goodness gracious! This happened to me last week!!!
I had to type a few over that I wanted on it and just forgot about the others!!! I can't believe this. Thank you so much!!!

Jenners said...

Great tip. I will have to do this. There is also a free Blogger Backup Utility that you can download for free here:

http://www.codeplex.com/bloggerbackup

It backs up posts and comments, which is pretty cool too.

Tricia said...

Great tip! I'm so tech illiterate.

Michelle said...

Thanks for this great tip!!

Mom of Three said...

Thanks for sharing this!

Seow wei said...

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Leslie Harris said...

I write my posts with Windows Live Writer, and I wonder if I still need to back up my posts with Blogger. I don't understand how they interface.
thanks for your help.
Leslie

Jill @ Sneaky Momma said...

Hi Leslie! I am not familiar with Windows Live Writer. Since it's so easy to backup posts on Blogger, I would do it as an added safeguard. :)