Jan 27, 2011

Blog - Export/Import Blog

A few days back I lost my blog - disappeared without any notice, and I was clueless.  It ultimately did come back, on it's own, and I am assuming it was some blogger glitch.  I did learn a few things with that experience though, and I thought of sharing them here through a series of posts (Blogger - Things to Do) which can also be accessed from the sidebar.  Hopefully, this proves useful to someone :) :)

The first thing I learned from my "My blog is missing" experience was to get backups for my blog.  I didn't even remember when was the last time I had got one - okay, I did remember, but it was a long time back.  Of course, AFTER the issue got solved, I know what I should have done :P

If you use Blogger, this would be the absolute first thing you need to do.  I am assuming there is at least one person out there who is like me and didn't even know this button exists :D :D

Get into the habit of storing backups of the blog - REGULARLY and FREQUENTLY. 

Here's how you do it:

Dashboard - Settings - Basic - Export Blog

Clicking on Export blog brings up the next window

Click on Download Blog and save the file.
Click OK and you are done with saving - takes hardly any time, at least for me since I have a pretty smallish blog :)

This takes hardly any time and I am planning on doing this every day - at least for now, since I am fresh out of my scary experience - plus I post daily.  You can change the frequency depending on your posting schedule/frequency.

Why is this important:  In the unfortunate event that you lose your blog, and it doesn't ever get restored or if it takes ages to get back - you can start another blog and use "Import blog" option - it's right next to the export blog -  and you will have everything that was there in your old blog including comments.  I am sure this also has some other use, but this is the only use I am aware of right now :D

And no, you cannot do this AFTER your blog disappears!

31 comments:

  1. thanks! i never did it ;)not anymore though

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  2. Is easy enough to overlook :D

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  3. oh i didn't explored the setting > basics area!
    Thanks for sharing Rads...its very informative.

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  4. he he..I do that all the time...And I was planning to do a post..but you did!! our minds seriously think almost same!! :D :D :D

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  5. Prerna - :) :) can try it now..

    Cali - Mad minds naaa :D :D but you can also do naaa...there might be so many who read your blog and don't even know mine exists :)

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  6. Another tip I want to add her. Always follow your blog or atleast subscribe to your own posts, that way even if you've imported a blog today, and then have though of importing next week; but within the week if the problem happens. You can get the backed up data, but what about the posts you made in the in-between period.

    Keeping a copy of your posts is mussssssssst!! :D I follow all my blogs he he!!

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  7. lol.. I'll direct them to your post.. hee hee!! me lazy soul!! :P

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  8. In whatever mixup happened at Blogger, for some reason my blogs are there on my list of blogs on their own..and no I don't follow them..or I don't think I do :| :|

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  9. Then do it naaa...you'll have a backup of all your posts in that way!! :) :) :) So even if you forget to import export sometime you will have a copy of all your posts!! :D

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  10. I have subscribed now..:D :D but I really won't forget to backup EVER after this :D

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  11. he he!! :D..BTW why are u missing from IMBB?

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  12. I wasn't here either naa...was out whole day for the courier work...came back by 3 I think...and then just read through posts.

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  13. ohhhhh....u went to send the giveaway stuff...hmmm.....Just one day for weekend :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo:

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  14. Thanks ton Rads. When I read about what had happened to your blog I was worried about my own too. Good you got it back. I'll save mine too. :)
    Its a lot of help

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  15. That's a thoughtful post and I am sure it would help a lot of people around. :))

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  16. Thanks for this post, Rads :) I have to get into the habit of taking backups :)

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  17. Good one, but I don't think it will help me, i don;t have a blog..........yahoo yahoo

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  18. Morrrrrrrning Radsssssssssssss...Friday!!! :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance:

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  19. Rati, Jomol, Cali - GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD MORNING..Won't be around here or on IMBB for today..working working Worrrrrrrrrrrrrrrkingggggg :|

    Appu - You absolutely must do that..you have a lot of posts on your blog, don't you?

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  20. Nivedita - Happy to help :) :) :D

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  21. Jomol..I've read your blog...something like on the job of minding everyone's business..something like that...lol!!

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  22. good morning......!!!!

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  23. i am terrible at backups...!

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  24. Very informative post Rads. I had no idea that 'export' could be used to backup your blog. Thanks. Will do that right now!

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  25. hai....long time reader but first time commenting...
    since you are into blog backup in this post,thought of sharing few tips on blog safety...
    just wanted to inform you
    -that when you post your pics in blogs etc,there are chances people might steal it by right clicking it....so its better if you load in any flickr or some other photo upload site and use the html code.
    -make those pics private in flickr....
    -always watermark your pics...
    -there are also another way by which you can diable right click in your blog so that people dont cop paste your contents from your blog for disabling disable right click in your blog
    check this website for details.

    http://bloggingforbread.blogspot.com/2008/02/disable-right-click-on-blog-blogger.html

    in other countries people who blog about family and their hobbies do follow these steps so that people dont copy ...though there are print scree and stuff available...these are few things which we we could do to avoid copying!!!


    may be you might know few above the above,i thought i might sahre with you these if by any chance you dont know these...
    happy blogging....

    -zarra

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  26. i dont have a blog.... so everything went above my head... hehe....but someday i will.. thats whn im going to refer to this post for instructions ... thats sucha thoughtful post u shared :)) thankoo.. oh and zarra too :)

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  27. THANKS A TON RADS !! I just now...ran n took a backup :))

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  28. Wow. Great article. Thanks a ton :)

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