Saving work… something most of us will regret not doing… maybe

Posted on December 7, 2012 by

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I cringe somewhat for bringing this up, because I don’t want it to sound like this blog is turning into a WordPress Basics blog, but… considering concerns voiced about the preservation of content in comments from my post “What’s the future look like for your blogged labors of love?“, I thought it might be a good idea to remind folks that WordPress has a few features that might be of value (and, in the long-run, help keep one’s sanity)… such as with the “Export” feature found in your Dashboard. By doing this, you can create an XML file of the whole shebang… blog posts, comments, tags, etc. You can find details here. If you’re saying, “Oh, I knew that was there.” Yep, so did I… but I don’t know the last time I made a full export, so time for me to get to work on that. Guilty as charged…

Incidentally, to my friends on Blogger… yes, you can move your blog and it’s content to WordPress (hint, hint < grin >). YES, I am trying to convert you! I’m sorry, but I admit that I have a WordPress bias, and am frustrated I can’t do with the Blogger blogs that I follow, what I can with WordPress blogs… especially while I’m mobile. If you’re curious about that, I’m sure Blogger has a way to export data as well… and after you do that, check-out the Import feature of WordPress.com. Of course, the downside is… you’ve created a following to a particular site address. Not to worry, build it… and they will follow. :)

On a similar note, I’ve got a post coming, eventually, about accessibility of content. We put stuff here, but do readers just follow the ebbs and flows? Essentially, while tags and categories continue to be the gangly index feature (I don’t think it can even be considered an index) in reading for the Web (and there’s much that merits discussion with this), there’s a problem, and I’m thinking… auto-populated index, via the tags creation feature. Admittedly, it’s just a dream. Plausible? I think so. Developers? Anyone… ? Maybe it’s falling back to the habits we have from a print on paper lifestyle… nahhhh… I think it doesn’t have to be THAT type of index. Structurally, maybe. Functionally, no. Where this is going… I have no idea. As of now, it’s me thinking out loud.

Yes, this is (primarily) a Civil War blog… but are we concerned about keeping what we’ve created? Gee, what do you think? Duhhhh… absolutely…

Incidentally, yes… a Southern Unionist post is in the works, and is next at bat… if something else doesn’t distract me in the meantime.

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