If you are even a casual blogger you’ve invested a lot of time and thought into composing words and pictures you want to share. You may think that because you’ve published them to a remote server they are safe and secure and invulnerable to loss. Look closely at the terms of the agreements you have with your host and chances are you will discover that none of them will guarantee the safety of your data nor accept responsibility if it is lost. Things like redundant disk arrays and backup power generators reduce the likelihood of data loss, but if your blog is suddenly wiped clean and replaced with propaganda by a hacker from Turkey are you ready to restore it?
When Steve Jobs introduced Time Machine (the automatic backup feature of the Leopard operating system) he said that 26 percent of users ever back up any data at all, and less than four percent regularly back up their data using any kind of automated system. Since many bloggers publish their content on remote systems they believe are safe and secure from danger I suspect the percentage probably isn’t much higher for blog authors, even if collectively they may be considered more technically astute.
So when I discovered a beta testing opportunity with BlogBackupOnline I didn’t hesitate to give it a try. My blog writing is sporadic, rather than prolific, but I don’t want to imagine a situation where all of a sudden years of writing are gone. Having more than one blog is another complication when you consider how you are going to keep everything backed up.
Fortunately, BlogBackupOnline handles multiple blogs (even on different blogging services or software) with aplomb and in minutes you can configure an automatic backup of your content that includes pictures. Best of all, the service is free for up to 50 MB in content, with quite reasonable premium rates (49.95 a year) for more space and additional options. BlogBackupOnline includes helpful features like allowing you to export your backup files in case you want to migrate your blog to a new host or store a copy for safekeeping.
When I needed tech support for an issue I was having their email response was prompt, personalized (not a cut and paste answer from an FAQ), and solved my problem.
BlogBackupOnline is just now ending their beta test but continues to offer up to 50MB of backup space absolutely free, so if you haven’t set up automatic backups of your blog content, I encourage you to take advantage of their service now and get rid of that worry for good.