Thursday, August 28, 2008

Demise of Another Blog

I'm sad and down right angry to have to share with you the story of another of our Genea-Blogger family that has had their blog hacked. Cheryl, who writes the "Two Sides of the Ocean" blog, had it totally disappear from the blogosphere 10 days ago. The folks at Blogger were not able to help her get it back up and running. Fortunately for Cheryl, she kept a Word file of each and every one of her blog posts. So the good news is that she hasn't lost 18 months of blog posts. The bad news is that she has had to create a new blog at a new URL and will have to upload those 18 months of posts to it. Eventually.

You may remember that Cheryl is planning a research trip to Germany in October, so the timing on this couldn't be much worse. She's busy getting ready for the trip and is planning to blog from Berlin while she is there. She needs to get her blog listed on Google quickly so could all of you who have a link to her blog in your blogroll please change to her new URL http://2sidesoftheocean.blogspot.com/ asap? She would really appreciate it! And be sure to change the URL in your feed reader too so you don't miss out on her adventure in Germany!

I've been meaning to back up my blog. Really, I have. I vowed to do it immediately after Steve Danko had his blog hacked. But I still procrastinated. However, I am doing a mirror backup of my blogs as I am writing this. I absolutely hate the evil that lurks in the hearts of those who have nothing worthwhile in their lives and must entertain themselves at the expense of others. Take heed and back up now.

14 comments:

  1. Thanks, Jasia, for this post and I know it will help get the word out about my blog. I do appreciate it.

    Cheryl

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  2. Jasia,
    Somehow or another I hadn't added
    Cheryl's link to my blog already,
    but I've posted it there now.

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  3. I've thankfully got a recent back-up of my blog, but I only got it due to problems with my WP installation.

    I guess it's a lesson to us all... Back-up, back-up, back-up!

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  4. Can you elaborate as to what a mirror back up is?

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  5. Schelly Talalay Dardashti4:39 PM, August 28, 2008

    Tracing the Tribe is a Blogger blog, but when we had that little problem awhile back I then set up a mirror site at tracingthetribe.wordpress.com, and back it up weekly. so if Blogger ever goes down again or they label all gen blogs again as spam, wordpress will still be there.

    Schelly

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  6. I did the same mirror blog backup to wordpress that Schelly describes - it was very easy to import all my Blogger posts. I know do this about once a week.

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  7. Wow, I never knew about mirror blogs. I am going to do that right now - thank you SO much for this info!

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  8. It's a shame that the people who do these things don't turn that talent to something more productive.

    I agree, it's a great idea to get into the habit of backing up - something I should make more of an effort to do.

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  9. Jasia - thanks for the reminder on backing up blog posts. I hate it that Cheryl's blog got hacked. Don't people have better things to do?

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  10. Thanks for helping Cheryl get the word out about her new blog address, Jasia (and you too, Thomas!), and for mentioning the need to subscribe to her new RSS feed, which I hadn't even thought about. And I appreciate others' comments about backing up blogs at WordPress. I hadn't done that yet either, despite the problems that people have had recently, but I figured out how to do it this morning. Better late than too late!

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  11. Thanks Jasia, for the reminder about backing up, and to Thomas for pointing the way as to how to do it. It turned out to be very easy, and I'm in the process of creating a mirror site for http://photo-sleuth.blogspot.com/ at http://photosleuth.wordpress.com/.

    Brett

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  12. Thanks for the heads up about Cheryl's problem. I'll subscribe to her new feed. I've gone the WP route too, but I haven't been diligent about weekly backups and so far Apple's Tree is the only blog I've backed up.

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  13. I've also got mirror sites between blogger and wordpress. I found it easy to import from blogger to wordpress. How does one deal with embedded links to other posts in your blog? Do you have to change the embedded links in each post everytime you import?

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  14. Ginger,
    You make a good point about internal links that most people probably haven't stopped to think about. They won't work unless you change them, each and every one.

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