Today Is Data Backup Day

Today is the first of the month and a good time to backup not only your genealogy blog but all of your computer data especially your genealogy research.  One of the question’s during this past weekend’s Son of Blogger summit at the Southern California Genealogical Society‘s annual Jamboree was:  ” Can my blog disappear?”

You could literally hear the geneabloggers in the crowd pause to ponder upon that thought and then mull over in their mind what they’ve done to backup their blogs.

Take a minute and think about all the work you’ve done on your blog, your research and more just in the past month.  Have you considered what would happen if you lost some or all of this data?

Each month it becomes easier and easier for us to backup our data.  I remember when I started blogging in late 2006, Blogger didn’t even have a backup mechanism – many of us found a way to create temporary WordPress blogs, keep them private, and import our Blogger posts as a way of creating a backup.

Things are so much easier now: Blogger not only has a backup mechanism but also allows you to export your template as well as your posts.  WordPress also has great backup features.  There are many free online backup sites that allow you to store gigabytes of data and some even synch from your computer automatically!  And the price of external hard drives drops each week – a 1 TB (that’s terabyte as in 1,000 gigabytes!) external drive which fits in the palm of your hand can be had for a little over $100!

Here are some links to information on backing up your blog as well as other data:

11 Ways To Create Backups And Prevent Data Loss – Examiner.com

Data Backup Day (for digital scrapbookers) – Scrap Your Roots

Data Backup Day: Why You Should Backup Nightly – Jennifer’s Genealogy Blog

Don’t Be Blog Gone: Tips For Keeping Your Blog Backed-Up and Secure – Little Bytes of Life

It’ll Be OK, Just Breath (a data loss scare) – Begins With Craft

Monday Madness: A Question of Backups – Bluebonnet Country Genealogy

NO, It Can’t Wait! (Backup Now) – Internet-Genealogy Blog

Protecting Your Blog – Family Matters

Tornado Destroys Genealogy Findings – Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter

Variety of Backup Posts – Bootcamp for GeneaBloggers

copyright 2009 Thomas MacEntee

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About Thomas MacEntee

What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more. Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. He also created an online community of over 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers. His most recent endeavor, Hack Genealogy, is an attempt to “re-purpose today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy.” Thomas describes himself as a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics who has finally figured out what he does best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. Thomas is a big believer in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.

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