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Your precious blog world . A virtual world forever threatened by computer crashes, viruses worse than Ebola and fickle servers.

Your carefully worded blogs, your painstakingly gained comments, your bevy of  ever-increasing friends/followers. All wiped out in a moment.

It is the virtual equivalent of Tsunami, Hiroshima and Katrina rolled into one!

Worry not. Here’s how to backup your blog world.

My favorite and easy routes are :

1. XML : WordPress bloggers can utilize this.

Cost: Nil. Free.

Saves: Blog posts, comments, categories,tags, pages.

Not saved: Follower blog urls.

Space taken: My 13.2 MB blog (till date) got condensed to 1.3 MB.

How to backup?: Go to your blog —-Click on ‘Dashboard’—click on ‘Tools’—Choose ’Export’—Select ‘All content’ if you wish to save comments plus blog posts—Click ‘Download Export File’ —and choose desired location of XML folder. Simple!

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2. Windows LiveWriter : You can download this software App free.

Cost: Free download

Important: Link it (one-time process) to your blog name and password.

Saves: Only blog posts with images, if any.

Not saved: Comments, Follower blog urls

Plus points:     a] Works offline. So you can basically write an entire blog post without internet connection. Just like jotting down ideas on paper as rough notes. Edit it. Save draft. Re-edit. Add tags and category.

When you are ready to publish, open it from your ‘Drafts’ sidebar and click ‘Publish’ (Now you need that internet connection, buddy!) .  b] You can chose to set publish date as per your wish. Pen down an idea whenever it strikes you, and schedule its publication for later.

IMG_1557 IMG_1555 IMG_1556 c] Works as Editor. So you can choose font, bold, italics, underline, bullets, alignment. You can add web links, images, tables, video. You can do spell check and word count.

3. Saving urls for ‘People you follow’ and ‘People who follow you.’: Well, unfortunately, I resort to manual ‘Copy-Paste’ of individual blog urls. I keep a separate list for each of the above and also a sub-list for Google Bloggers vs WordPress bloggers.

Anyone who knows a better technique for all of the above? Please feel free to throw light, toss in your advice, contribute your expertise. C’mon…