Newbie Blogger Initiative 2016 - Backing Up Your Blog
I'm sure many new bloggers are thinking to themselves, “I’ve only just started blogging, why should I worry about backing it up?" My response is that it's never too early to put in place sound working practices. If you're still blogging in a years’ time, then you may have built up a sizeable amount of content. Why risk losing all your hard work? As for veteran content creators, consider for a moment the prospect of losing hundreds of posts and years of work in one go? It would be crushing. Therefore ensure that you have some sort of backup regime.
Free blogging platforms such as Google Blogger and WordPress.com usually have built in functionality that allows you to export your work as an XML file. I used a German blogging platform a few years ago that allowed you to save individual posts or the entire site as a PDF file. If you have a self-hosting WordPress installation then there are numerous plugins that can automate the backing up process. It's just a question of doing some research and finding the right one for you. However, if you prefer low tech solutions, then the simplest thing to do is to create your posts in Microsoft Word or one of the free packages that are available and ensure they're stored somewhere safe.
Once again I would like to point out our reliance on the various free services that are available. Google Blogger and WordPress.com are great services but are subject to the caprices of their owners. Free facilities have been decommissioned and closed in the past and it can certainly happen again. Let us not forget the fate of Google Reader, Labs and Lively. Then there is the thorny issue of ownership when you are using a free service, something that is not a clear cut as you may expect. Therefore I would advise all new bloggers to have an eye on the future and have a plan in place with regard to backing up and preserving their work.