Granny Miller's blog, if you recall, disappeared a couple of years ago (July 2010) -- a catastrophic loss for her faithful followers. Apparently it was an error on Granny's part. As she wrote, "At the time I accidently destroyed my website, I was caring for a very ill family member. I was planning to retire GRANNY MILLER at the end of the 2010 anyway. Believe me, the loss of my website in those days was the least of my worries."
Granny said it took her over sixteen months to face up to the data disaster, but from the looks of her new website, she's recovered beautifully.
Welcome back, Granny Miller -- we've missed your warm, cheerful, useful, informational, spiffy-snazzy posts!
On a related note, Granny's accidental destruction of her blog underscores the need for regular backups of everything computer-related. I do a full-scale backup of my computer's hard drive about once a week (and use a thumb drive to back up any important files on a day-to-day basis), but Granny's experience taught me I need to back up my blog on a regular basis as well.
Blogger changed to a new format a couple months ago (ug!), but I found some instructions for backing up Blogger blogs on this site, Living Prepared.
Here are the directions:
In your Blog's control panel, if you click and open the Settings Tab you will see a Blog Tools section, click on that tab. It will open another window and you will see an option to Import Blog, Export Blog and Delete Blog. Clicking on the ‘Export Blog’ will allow you to save a copy of the entire contents of your Blog to your computer. A drop down window will allow you to pick where you want to save the file. It’s very simple to use this feature.
(Import Blog will allow you to restore your Blog should it become corrupted or lost by simply using your saved back-up copy)
Remember folks, as Granny Miller can testify -- a stitch in time saves nine. Backing up your computer/blog/whatever can save an enormous amount of headache, heartache, and work.
Now excuse me, I'm going to back up my blog. Again.