It’s one thing to try and protect your blog posts from being plagiarized, however, now I’ve been asking myself, a different question.

Today’s Lesson

In the event of a natural, or man made disaster, how safe is my blog?

Recently, (week of 10/21/07), if you watch the news, you saw how a million (+/-) residents of the State of California were evacuated, due to wildfires. Many, were forced to leave, with only a few minutes notice. One man, when interviewed, stated that before he could get his pants on, the fire was already licking at the side of their home.

Years ago, we were evacuated due to the threat of fire. We were put “on standby”, so we took precautions, and packed a large truck, full of valuables and clothes we may need to last a few days. When we got the call to leave, we were ready. Fortunately, our home wasn’t affected by the fire, but it was an eye opening experience.

The recent terror in California, got me to thinking. Am I prepared, if we were stuck by a disaster? Just the thought of it, motivated me to save my blog information, not only to my hard drive, but on my web host’s server, as well.

In response to the self directed question, I wrote a post on my other blog, titled:How To Prepare For Disaster, with hopes of alerting others to the importance of being prepared.

Today’s Lesson

Are you backing up your blog information?

In the event of a disaster, would your blog be lost?

Could you be back online, in a short period of time?

If you lost all of your blog, would you care?

If you got the call to evacuate, what would you grab?

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  1. AsakoNo Gravatar says:

    If I got a call to evacuate, I would grab my passport and green card, I guess. It will be so inconvenient to lose them. And, I would grab my husband, of course! Then, I would grab my wallet with credit card, bank card and drivers’ license.

    Would I care if I lost all of my blog? It depends on how bad the disaster is. I would be probably just happy to be alive.

    I guess blog is not that high on my priority in my life. It is something I can re-build, and I have a chance to do it in the better way.

  2. Ian DennyNo Gravatar says:

    I’d grab my daughter’s cuddly toys. Not much else is worth taking!

    Good point on blog back-up. Agree with Asako on starting again with design though – but wouldn’t want to lose content or comments!

  3. BarbaraNo Gravatar says:

    Since I’ve been watching the stories on the news of how some people left during the California evacuations with the clothes on their backs, it made me realize the importance of having copies of important documents stored in safe place.

    Although I would prefer not to lose all of the work I have put into my blog, and like Ian said, the comments, I will continue to make sure I do backups.

    The most important things to me would be that my husband and our animals were safe. Material things can be replaced.

  4. Ian DennyNo Gravatar says:

    Barbara,

    This post inspired to write a full article on the wider implications of a disaster. So I wrote an article which will help anyone in business for themselves at home or based in an office to follow.

    In a couple of hours, you can protect your business and give it the best hope of survival by producing your very own business continuity plan.

    Remember, the children deleting your hard drive can be nearly as disastrous to your business as a fire!

    Hope you don’t mind the link, but I hope this article will help everyone consider some of the issues you can “put to bed”:

    Here’s the link: http://www.multisolutions.co.uk/?p=27

  5. BarbaraNo Gravatar says:

    Ian,

    I’m very happy what I wrote inspired you. Isn’t it amazing how we all inspire each other. That’s one thing I really enjoy about blogging. One idea spawns others.

    I read your post. That’s great. And, no I don’t mind you including the link to it. It’s a post that will help many.

    Thank you for sharing!

  6. I’ve been wondering, how do you back up your blog? Do you have a post for that. I think that’s something I need to do, soon.

    Natural Woman’s last blog post..Meet the Bloggers

  7. BarbaraNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Natural Woman,

    Welcome to my blog!

    You can do backups on the cpanal of your webhost (database), as well as on your WordPress blog. If you go to your dashboard, then to manage, and then to export. You can save an XML file on your hard drive.

    You can also check with your webhost to see if they do automatic updates for you.

    Currently I do not have a post to refer you to.

    Saving a backup is important, and should be done on a regular basis.

    Barbara’s last blog post..If Content Is Queen, Where Is She Hiding

  8. Wow Barbara

    Thanks so much, glad I found your blog. good stuff.

    Natural Woman’s last blog post..Meet the Bloggers

  9. BarbaraNo Gravatar says:

    You are welcome, Natural Woman!

    Enjoy! :)

    Barbara’s last blog post..If Content Is Queen, Where Is She Hiding