The Freelance Writing Jobs blog you see here isn’t exactly complete. There are three different times I lost a bunch of blog posts. The first time was in 2007 when we lost more than a few posts after switching from Blogger to WordPress. We also lost several months of posts after the great server crash of 2008, and we lost a few posts after a crash in 2009. During the 2009 crash, though, we were able to rescue the posts thanks to our feeds and Google caches. The other times, they were lost in the abyss.
These things happen. The problem is when they happen during times I’m lax in backing up my stuff.
I always have good intentions. I’ll back up every week for a month or so and then forget for a while, which usually backfires. If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the past decade it’s that not backing up your stuff is to tempt fate. Now, I make sure it doesn’t happen. I have an external hard drive, plus use flash drives. My book is saved in four different places and my blog posts are backed up regularly as well. In addition to the aforementioned external drives, there are plenty of places to store your stuff online. I’ll also save my most important document or writing to Google Docs.
Are you backing up your writing? If so, what methods are you using?