I.T. GURU I am not.
However, I usually persevere until I can find a solution to most things (did I ever tell you about the 100 rock hard sponge cakes I made before I made the perfect one?).
Anyway, armed with some new knowledge, I wrote most of this post last night when I was feeling pretty damn good about my blogging skills.
I tempted fate.
I woke up this morning and my blog had disappeared. Off the face of the Ether.
I immediately panicked as I am want to do
I was most upset that I had lost my late father's guest posts. I like it when his posts pop up in the Linked Within gadget - it feels like he's still around (as strange as that sounds).
It also made me realise how much blogging, my blog and my blogging networks mean to me. What would life be like Blog-less?
After messaging every available Google contact point, I finally recovered my blog. It was an error.
Lucky, as it could have been much worse.
If anyone knows the Google CEO's direct number, I would appreciate it for next time (wink, wink).
Anyway, I thought I would share what I learnt this week as hopefully you may be able to use one or two of these tips too or have a better workaround to share with me.
And of course, it goes without saying that if you would prefer to have the no fail sponge cake recipe instead, you only have to ask.
1. How to back up your Blogger Blog
After this morning's near disaster I finally realised that I need to BACK UP MY BLOG. I know, the shame. I have never backed up my blog since I started Lilly's Life in 2008. And guess what? It is simple.
Sign into your Blogger Dashboard
Click on Settings and choose Other
Then go to Blog Tools and choose Export Blog
Then select Download Blog and save it to your desktop
Your blog will be stored as a Blogger export file (.xml) file which can be kept as a backup on your hard drive or imported into another blog. Exported blogs are not deleted from your dashboard or from Blogger.com. So have no fear.
If you want to read Tips 2-5, you will find them on my Blog Tips page . These tips will show you how to shorten a long URL, how to add a link in a blog comment, how to change the comment link in posts and how to make your blog mobile phone friendly. I will keep adding to the page as I find new workarounds.
And finally, Lisleman asked a burning question on his blog today - What happens to our blogs when we die?
It's worth giving this some thought.
Although, after this morning's efforts, it's hard to guess whether I will survive my blog or it will survive me.....
Best be prepared either way.