Thursday, November 06th, 2008 | Author:

Since I got my new laptop, I have been a very good girl, backing up my files every week onto DVD’s. My photos and documents are safe forever. But I saw a stray comment the other day about backing up your blogger posts and templates. I went, “Huh?” For some reason it had never occurred to me that I needed to do this. Boy, did I feel stupid.

Swallowing my pride, I questioned my blogger buddy, Mrs. Mecomber, who knows about this kind of stuff. Well, not only did she provide me all the information I needed, she did it in English so even I could understand. To top it off? She didn’t even say, “Well, how dumb are you?” Now that’s a buddy!

So, in case you’re in the same position, I’m going to pass along her sage advice … and advise you to take it! Thanks a bunch, Mrs. M!

I’m finally getting back to you about backing up Blogger blogs. Google/Blogger sure hasn’t made it easy!
I’ve touched on this a few times here
and here (template backup)
Actually, if you search Categories for “Blogger” in the drop-down menu, you’ll find a bunch of posts related to Blogger that may be useful to you.
There’s another way to backup your Blogger posts, and that is starting up a free WordPress.com blog. WP allows you to import your posts from Blogger. Two things to think about with this: you don’t want duplicate content on the web, so I advise making your WordPress blog private. Google and other search engines have penalties for the same posts on the Net. And two, as you add newer posts and have WordPress import them, WP doesn’t seem to know the difference between your old and new posts; it will import everything old again as well as the new. It’s not harmful, but it can be very tedious, going over hundreds and hundreds of posts and checking them off as “do not import.”
So… there is no easy way to save your Blogger blog. The third low-tech option is to just copy your post when it is done (in the “Edit Html” mode so that you get all the links included) and paste it into Notepad. I don’t advise pasting it in Word, because Word doesn’t read html and will mess up the links and formatting.

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  1. Mrs. Mecomber says:

    Oh goodness, you aren’t dumb for not realizing this! Everyone has to start somewhere, right? :D

    I hope the information is useful.

    By the way, does your computer take jump drives (aka flash drives)? Depending on your preference, it may be easier to back up your data on that instead of a DVD.

    I had Blogger blogs as my main blogs for a few years until I went to my own on WordPress (self-hosted). If you decided to ever go that route, please let me know. I can help, and you can help me by using my affiliate link (which would earn me some cash every time I refer a person).

    I thoroughly enjoy your blog, Jean. Keep up the excellent work!!