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Backing Up My Blog
October 10, 2012
10:36 am
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Donna MacKinnon
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Good Morning Chris,

 

In preparation for our new winter vacation I am trying to back up my blog. Started with reviewing the video on blog back up. Following the instructions I did a back up then went to review the back files, they are totally different than the ones displayed on your video. I tried to open each of files which there are 8 files in JScript Script File and 2 files in Cascading Style Sheet Document. When I try to open the files I get a message Unknow Publisher then a message with an error code saying blogger is undefined.

I didn’t have an issue backing up my blog before the 2011 changes to blogger. Is this new? Am I doing something wrong? Anyone else having similar issues.

Donna

October 10, 2012
12:10 pm
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Donna,

In my videos I show two ways to back up a blog, one that gets the entire web page involved, including the pictures and another that is the official Blogger backup using a .xml file.

It’s the second, official Blogger, backup that is probably the most important.  If your blog gets lost or damaged, that is a simple way to get it back – assuming the pictures are still in their original locations in your web albums.

I just tried it with mine and all is working the same.  The commands are in different places than in the video, but once you find them – they work the same.  Here’s what I did:

Login to Blogger

Settings -> Other

Blog Tools -> Export Blog

Download Blog … specify a location on your computer to save the exported blog file

Results is one file, in my case blog-10-10-2012.xml

If you open that up, you’ll just see a bunch of code – gobbleydegook to us, but if you Import that to another Blogger blog, the results will be a duplicate of the blog you backed up.

Does that help?

The other way … to back up the html pages … may be different based on what Browser you’re using.

October 15, 2012
6:22 pm
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Donna MacKinnon
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Thanks Chris,

It worked very well however I’m disappointed the pictures don’t back up with this method. Maybe that is something to come at a later date.

I’m getting ready to start posting our new trip to Italy, Israel, Egypt, Greece etc then onto South America where we see some things in Brazil that we haven’t had a chance to visit before before heading to Peru and doing the Peruvian Amazon, Machu Pichuu and Lake Titicaca, so want everything in order before we head overseas Oct 22nd.

 

Thanks for you assistance

Donna

October 18, 2012
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Yeah I know – I like having the actual pictures along with the actual blog posts as well.  But it’s complicated.

The blog post is just html with references to the location of the pictures.  The pictures are physically stored in a Picasa Web Album.  So, you can back up your Picasa Web Albums … but if you should ever need to restore, they probably won’t have the exact same URLs for reference.  Catch-22

September 28, 2013
8:33 pm
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Pamela Rose
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Chris,

I am also trying to backup our blog, so I checked out your clip on backing up.  I am using Google Chrome, so I have to locate the save as link all the way on the right.  After doing a few months, I went back to see if it was working.  Many of my pictures are missing, or I have pictures from other months along with the pictures from the correct month.  I went back and watched your video again, and I’m doing it just like you!  Any thoughts?

 

Pam

September 28, 2013
8:42 pm
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Pamela Rose
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Chris,

I also just discovered that when I click on an archived month, ex: October 2012, it only displays a few of the entries, not all.  Therefore, when I try to save as, webpage complete, I only get those few days.  How did you get all of your entries to pop up?  Will I have to save a month in portions?  Some of my months we made entries everyday!  Suggestions?  I think I answered my previous post about missing photos since I am missing entries!

Pam

September 29, 2013
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Pamela,

I don’t know why you would be missing posts.  Maybe try a different browser?  I just checked and, when I click on a month in my Blog Archives, I get all the posts.  Ahhh … it did take them a while to appear – maybe your issue is simply an internet connection thing?  I was missing several photos when I first clicked on the month archive.  Then I clicked on Refresh (the circular arrow in your browser’s address bar) and waited … eventually everything showed up.

Anyway, I’ve started using Blog2Print.com to make copies of my blog in a .pdf format.  You have to pay a little, but you get something that you can print out and have all your posts, complete with pictures.  Check it out.

September 29, 2013
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Thanks for getting back to me.  I checked out Blog2Print, but it seems that all I can do is print out a book that would cost me $60-$100!  Not what I had in mind!  Couldn’t find anything about saving to a .pdf.

I just checked it out and the .pdf option is definitely available – for $7.95 no matter how many pages.  They call it a digital download.  Click the miniature picture below to see the whole thing.

blog2print.PNGImage EnlargerHere’s a screen shot that appears after you’ve specified how much of your blog you want:

 

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