No matter how frequently a content website backs up their database of articles, you should always maintain a copy of your work.
An Informative Podcast
I recently listened to the eBay Coach’s (A. Suzanne Wells) podcast interview of WriterGig (Maria O’Brien). While most of the information in the podcast reinforced what I’ve learned over the years, what struck me most was the portion of the interview about backing up your online work. Apparently on more than one occasion, Suzanne Wells’ online articles disappeared because the website they were on went belly up.
Actually, the idea had crossed my mind a few weeks ago when eHow first started dropping duplicate articles from their site. Fortunately, none of mine were affected as I had not engaged in the practice of “cloning.” However, just in case a software malfunction tagged one of my articles as duplicate, I needed to be able to produce a copy of the original work as proof of my innocence.
As a result of the eHow practice, I started backing up all of my online articles. This is a massive process because I have somewhere between 450 and 500 articles/blog posts around the internet.
The backup process is made a little easier for me because I use a program called PDF Create. I purchased this software back in 2004 and previously only used it on my hard drive to .pdf my scanned documents for archiving. However, I’ve recently started using it to backup my online articles (I recently wrote an eHow article on How to Backup Online Articles using PDF Create).
I was able to backup my Onlinewriting.today.com blog (a blog to which I no longer intend to post) with two .pdf files (The formatting may not look exactly as it did on the website, but who cares).
Organizing Online Work
Since I have a spreadsheet that includes links to each of my online articles, it’s not difficult for me to find them all, it’s just a little time consuming. With 450 online articles, it’s a bit tedious going through the list to back up each and every article, so I do about 10 or 20 a day. On days when my writing muse is no where to be found, I backup even more articles. As the old saying goes, the only way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time.
My Words of Advice
No matter which format you decide to use, you should begin backing up your online work today.