Saturday, 12 November 2011

Having a back-up

When I gave up teaching History, I switched over to teaching ICT (Information Communication Technology). One of the things that we had to try to get out students to understand was the need to always have a back-up copy of everything that they did ... just in case. Almost all of them saw no need to do so ... until that fateful day when something was inadvertently erased.

I have always tried to practice what I have preached, and I do keep both an electronic and a hard copy of all of my blog entries. I know that this sounds somewhat anally retentive, but on at least one occasion it has meant that entries that were 'lost' could be recovered.

Yesterday I took the process one step further and created an online back-up of this blog. I chose a different blog host – WordPress – to ensure that if Blogger was not available for some reason, I could continue to blog. The back-up is also called Wargaming Miscellany, and I have imported the entire contents of my blog to it.


An interesting by-product of this duplication is the difference in onscreen appearance of both versions of the blog ... and I don't just mean differences in font and colour scheme. For example the WordPress version of my blog has an iPad-friendly display that presents the blog in the same way as an app is displayed and this is very different from the way the same blog appears on Blogger.

4 comments:

  1. How exactly do you go about doing that, making a copy your blog?

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  2. Itinerant,

    Until this morning I would have said that it was simple ... but I have now discovered that during the process of transferring the contents of my Blogger blog to WordPress some posts were lost, some duplicated, some re-formatted, and some 'lost' the comments that had been made.

    What is SUPPOSED to happen is as follows: you set up your new blog and using the 'Tools' you 'Import' the contents of your blog over to WordPress.

    I am not sure that the problem is at the WordPress end of things, as the Internet connection I use keeps being interrupted for some reason. It may well be that this is the reason for the duplication etc.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  3. In blogger's settings you can specify a different "app-style"view when viewed via a mobile device.

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  4. Steve,

    I had missed that! Thanks for sharing that we me and the other regular blog readers.

    All the best,

    Bob

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