Opinionated Man, I don’t know if I should thank you or kick you!

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Yesterday, Opinionated Man wrote a post called “My Greatest Blogging Fear.”  In that post he talked about the unthinkable for any blogger:  that one day you sit down and open up your blog…and find it gone.   All the work you put into it, the hours, sweat and tears…gone, just like that.  Poof.

If that happened to me I think I would want to die.  I have around 1600 posts on this blog now.  Sixteen months of work.   After reading his post, I realized how easily all that could just disappear.   A glitch, a hacker, WordPress suddenly shutting its doors, you name it.   All my hard work, gone just like that.   I know it’s not likely to happen, but it could.

I’m a worrier by nature.   I never worried about this before because it never really crossed my mind.  It never occurred to me to have a backup plan in case the unthinkable ever happened.   Now I have something new to worry about thanks to his post.

So I realized what I need to do is start a 3rd blog just for storage.  I’ll set it to private.  Most of the articles I care about will go in there.    I’m also going to save some of my best posts in my computer, probably Wordpad.   Then I won’t have to worry that one day I’ll log on here to find…everything gone.

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17 thoughts on “Opinionated Man, I don’t know if I should thank you or kick you!

  1. I make copies of things I don’t want to lose and send them to my various email accounts that I have with gmail, hotmail, msn, and outlook. But I agree with Vic, the worst loss would be losing contact with the awesome people I’ve met on WP.

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  2. The happiest man isn’t the man that sees the glass as half full, or half empty. The happiest man sees the glass as already shattered ……….that said, if woke up without my Fishdom game I’d need three days in a lock down rehab unit.

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    • I think that means that I’m happy if I recognize I’ve got nothing to lose.

      In other words I’m going to write and record a song in an industry that only promotes 20 year old women.

      The glass is shattered… But I could care less… Because I’m going to do whatever I want anyway.

      I’m interested to hear what “the glass is already shattered” means ….

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        • Ya know… This is my brave step as a feminist. Why should any woman stop being a musician ever.

          The music industry (the corporation) controls people with illusions of what they can or can’t do. And when you live your life outside of that illusion people raise their eyebrows.

          I say: “Everyone do what they want. Ignore the dictatorship of the corporation. Its a psychological illusion of power and control.”

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      • “You see this goblet?” asks Achaan Chaa, the Thai meditation master. “For me this glass is already broken. I enjoy it; I drink out of it. It holds my water admirably, sometimes even reflecting the sun in beautiful patterns. If I should tap it, it has a lovely ring to it. But when I put this glass on the shelf and the wind knocks it over or my elbow brushes it off the table and it falls to the ground and shatters, I say, ‘Of course.’ When I understand that the glass is already broken, every moment with it is precious.”

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  3. Of all the content I have created, only photos and a very small amount of written content is important enough for me to keep. I have a laser printer, non-reactive plastic sleeve binders and a fire proof safe for that 🙂 If its a serious amount of text that might one day need to be returned to digital form, ocr font. I realise some people create a lot more content than I do, but any backup plan from routine retrieval to disaster recovery needs to address the identified failure modes and retention requirements, as well as the nature of any restore or replacement strategy. For me, hardcopy is old-school, simple, very easy to validate/check integrity and forces the ‘importance choice’.

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