Trusting Others With Your Online Presence

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One thing that those of us who aren’t necessarily technically inclined is the fear that as we trust others to protect our online product, something might go wrong.

No one wants to deal with this nightmare.

And it does happen:

Soapblox is dead. That means that all the blogs hosted there, including such institutions as Pam’s House Blend and the Swing State Project have disappeared. From what I’m reading on facebook, no one knows at this point if the blogs will be able to recover their data, so the archives could be gone as well.

According to Alice, Pam’s House Blend is back up but Soapblox’s crash is something terrifying. I was hacked recently. Opened the home blog and, WHAM, a devil was looking at me telling me I was hacked. (Seriously. It wasn’t a hallucination.) It took me several days to recover from the digital blast.

It comes down to a matter of trust, but I’ve also been advised by Sadcox that there are things that can be implemented to protect your online product.It’s important to remember that the life cycle in the blogosphere is about the length of the lifespan of a mayfly. But more so, backing up your content, having a copy of your template and having a contingency plan is imperative.

I’ll let him tell you more about how you can preserve your online presence by relying more on yourself.

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  1. Ron said January 8, 2009 | Permalink

    Whenever possible, if you can, take control of your online destiny. Own the domain names and hosting yourself, back up EVERYTHING you put up on the internet if it means anything to you, and whatever you do, don’t put faith in other people once a website folds that the content will be up forever.

    I made that mistake once, and it’s never gonna happen again.

  2. newscoma said January 8, 2009 | Permalink

    Very good point, Ron. Self-sufficiency is key.

  3. emeryjay said January 8, 2009 | Permalink

    Self sufficiency is great, but a good backup plan is needed. Daily backups help recover the data if the site is hacked or crashed. At worst, you will lose only the day’s work. There are plenty of howtos on the net to learn that.

    And you need a security plan these days. The complexity of security just about rules out self hosting. The real key is knowing your hosting company. If you have problems, find another. There are plenty. It may cost a few bucks more, but go with a big name. I’ve discovered that it takes more than writing skill to preserve your writing.

  4. lovable liberal said January 11, 2009 | Permalink

    Meanwhile, if you’re on a big blog site where you can’t control your own destiny, as I am, email everything back to yourself. For Blogger, you’ll only risk your updates to published items, which don’t get remailed.

  5. newscoma said January 11, 2009 | Permalink

    Database backups are a very good idea and I also agree with LL.
    Email your stuff to yourself. I lost a great deal of content guest posting at now defunct website.
    Very frustrating.


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