Blogger Strikes

30 Apr

I urge everyone who has an adult blog on Blogger to export (save) their blog so no material is lost. The incidences of deleted adult blogs have increased lately, Cranky Spanker being the latest. If anyone has any questions on how to do that, please feel free to ask in the comments and I’ll email you instructions.
 
Or do what I did and set up another, back-up blog and roll it out when it’s ready so you can leave on your terms. Pandora Blake did this, too, after Blogger slapped a compulsory adult warning label on her blog, resulting in plummeting stats from decreased search engine results. (She has a gorgeous self-hosted site now. Be sure to visit.)
 
Others are seeing their blogs disappear from Blogger, only to reappear hours or days later, like Spanked Hortic, who chose to set up permanent residence afterward on WordPress.
 
Last Fall, I concluded it was only a matter of time before Blogger would delete my own blog, so I made a smooth, unhurried transition here. WordPress, for the most part, has been easy to use and has beautiful template designs. I have absolutely no regrets in moving.
 
 
EDIT TO ADD: Instructions for backing up your blog on Blogger
 
1. From your Dashboard, select “Settings”;
 
2. Select “Basic”;
 
3. Under “Blog tools” (first option), select “Export blog”‘;
 
4. Click on “Download blog” and select “Save File”.
 
Voila. Now if you get deleted, you can upload it back on Blogger and then do a live export to a different blogging site. (Blogger has installed some proprietary information on its .xml file, so you can’t upload the saved file directly. Thanks to Hermione for pointing this out.)
 
It’s Pink-proof Technology.

50 Responses to “Blogger Strikes”

  1. MarQe April 30, 2011 at 12:51 pm #

    Yes Pink, I have a back up with WordPress & will be movinng soon… well as soon as i get my huge amount of links & ad banners … what a pain !
    MQ x

    • Barely Pink April 30, 2011 at 7:45 pm #

      And your WordPress location looks hot, if I remember right. 🙂

  2. Hermione April 30, 2011 at 12:53 pm #

    That’s excellent advice. I do regular backups but am not sure yet what to do about putting them into WordPress for safe-keeping. I need some alone time to experiment.

    Hugs,
    Hermione

    • Barely Pink April 30, 2011 at 7:46 pm #

      It’s quite a lot of fun. I have a test blog that I experiment with regularly. Notice that this blog hasn’t changed much, which means none of my experiments have been successful!

  3. MarQe April 30, 2011 at 1:53 pm #

    By the way …. how did you move all your links? Manually or is there some magic tool ?

    MQ x

    • Barely Pink April 30, 2011 at 7:47 pm #

      Yep. There isn’t a way to import links that I know of. THAT was the biggest pain.

  4. Season April 30, 2011 at 2:18 pm #

    So sorry to hear this is happening over on Blogger! For those considering WordPress, check out this information on using WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org: http://en.support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

    I have found WordPress easy to use and it tends to behave itself.

    Waves to Pink!

    • Barely Pink April 30, 2011 at 7:48 pm #

      Hi, Season!

      I like the photo editing ability of WordPress, but miss the blog roll at Blogger. I noticed that Arianna has an updated blog roll, but I haven’t yet asked how she did it.

  5. SPANKEDHORTIC II April 30, 2011 at 2:25 pm #

    I think that you made the right decision, I wish that I had made the move a year ago.

    Prefectdt

    • Barely Pink April 30, 2011 at 7:50 pm #

      Three months from now, all of this will be a distant memory, Prefectdt. You’re in a pretty good position, being able to still post on your old blog.

  6. Dave Wolfe April 30, 2011 at 3:26 pm #

    Huh! It had never occurred to me that Blogger, who swears to Odin they don’t monitor and can’t be responsible for the adult content one may encounter, would delete blogs. Maybe they’re responding to some crank with a complaint?

    Anyhow, I’ll ask, because I’ve never done it– what IS the saving process? I’m too cute to delete, I’m sure, but one never knows.

    • Barely Pink April 30, 2011 at 7:53 pm #

      Hi Dave! You are far too cute to delete. I wasn’t going to say it, but it’s something I consider often. 😛

      I posted the saving process.

      I think that someone gets a little bored once a year and goes through the “random” option at the top and reports any adult blogs.

      There’s a way to remove your report button at the top of your blog, too. You have to edit your HTML code. I did it on my old blog but can’t remember how. Google it. I think that will decrease the likelihood of getting deleted.

  7. Erica April 30, 2011 at 4:48 pm #

    I’d like to know how to do the backup/export as well. Thanks, Pink! I’d rather not move, but if it becomes necessary, then it does. I want to be prepared so I don’t have to worry about it.

    • Barely Pink April 30, 2011 at 7:54 pm #

      Hey, Erica! I posted the instructions. It’s really easy.

      I totally know what you mean about not moving. I was pretty attached to my blogger location, and still go there often to visit my blog roll. (Have I mentioned how much I miss knowing when my favorite blogs post?)

  8. Ron Edwards April 30, 2011 at 7:02 pm #

    I’d love to know about backing up my blog info. Thanks for your advice.

  9. Dave Wolfe May 1, 2011 at 12:34 am #

    Thanks very much for the instructions, Pink! I have them copied down.

    I do have one question. Hopefully I’m not the only one, but I’ll the dense student who asks: where do you save the blog?

    Would that be a second blog spot, perhaps, or some Yahoo doohickey, or the new and improved unlimited storage space Hotmail? Your patience is appreciated!

    • Barely Pink May 1, 2011 at 7:48 am #

      Hi, Dave! Not a dumb question at all…it automatically saves the file as an .xml document wherever you have your downloads go. (My downloads happen to go on my C drive.)

      Hermione brought up an interesting problem. It seems Blogger now has more hoops to jump through should your blog be deleted.

      1. Export blog to an .xml file BEFORE being deleted.
      2. After deletion (those bastards!) upload it to a new Blogger blog.
      3. Then import the LIVE blog on a new blog hosting site.

      It appears WordPress can only import live blogs, not the .xml file. Not sure about the other hosting sites, like LiveJournal, etc.

  10. Cruel Intentions May 1, 2011 at 5:26 am #

    This is a subject that causes me much concern. I live most of my online life inside a firewall. Big Brother is watching and his name is FORTIGUARD

    http://www.fortiguard.com/

    My ability to read many fine blogs has been hampered by this evil foe. All it takes is one report of ” lewd and lascivious” behavior and BAM!! your a pornographer.

    The truth is that porn has driven the advancement of technology on the internet. Thats where the money is. The morality issues of some misguided moron with a high speed connection is deciding how I live my life and what I can read. So much for freedom of speech.

    Whats funny is that while I have to read Devlin & Poppy from my Android phone I can log into Fetlife from my work PC. Its time to buy one of those 2 T hard drives and do a major back up.

    Cruel<<<<< kicks soap box back in center of room

    Oh and Hi Pink you look very fine today!

    • Barely Pink May 1, 2011 at 7:52 am #

      I worked with, what I thought were, forward-thinking, intelligent people. I thought they were until one day I heard them discussing internet privacy and they were of the mind that the government SHOULD monitor our activity. Their position was that if we weren’t doing anything wrong, then why should we worry?

      I recommended they watch “V for Vendetta”, and quoted Benjamin Franklin: “Those who would give up their freedom for security deserve neither.”

      (Or something like that…too lazy this morning to grab the exact quote.)

      I like being on your soapbox with you, Cruel. 🙂

      • Cruel Intentions May 1, 2011 at 8:02 am #

        Pink, From where I’m sitting the government does monitor my activity. “V for Vendetta” was a great movie!

        Did you know soap boxes can double as a stool or bench should the need arise?

        Cruel

      • Barely Pink May 1, 2011 at 8:05 am #

        I know all too well, since I’m often knocked off my soapbox and promptly spanked over it!

  11. Velvet May 1, 2011 at 5:38 am #

    Thanks for the easy to follow instructions Pink, I am now safely backed up and will do so regularly.

    Hugs
    Velvet ❤

    • Barely Pink May 1, 2011 at 7:53 am #

      🙂

      Good. Hermione points out that, should you be deleted, there is an extra step in the process. But it’s good to be saved.

      Hugs,

      Pink

  12. Hermione May 1, 2011 at 6:48 am #

    Unfortunately, there isn’t much you can do with a Blogger backup. I have tried, unsuccessfully, to import it into a new Blogger blog – it always aborts. I also tried importing to a new WordPress blog – invalid file. Also, the max size is 15 MG.

    They make nice ornaments for your desktop, though.

    Pink – did you successfully import from Blogger? I know there’s the option to import directly from th Blogger blog, but worst case scenario is, there won’t be a live blog to import from if Blogger deletes it.

    • Barely Pink May 1, 2011 at 7:43 am #

      Ugh. I just tried it, too. Originally I imported it from an xml file, not the easier way of importing it directly from Blogger. But it looks like Blogger may have put some proprietary info on there.

      Here’s what you do if you get deleted. Create a new blog on Blogger, import your file there (it does work, I imported it to a test blog), and then import it live to WordPress or some other hosting site.

      Blogger bites even more than I thought!

      • Hermione May 1, 2011 at 12:59 pm #

        I have never been able to import my exported Blogger file to a new Blogger blog. Many people can’t. It’s a known issue that they say they are working on.

      • Barely Pink May 1, 2011 at 1:02 pm #

        Really? I just imported my old blog into a new blog on Blogger. That’s crazy. More reason why Blogger sucks.

  13. Season May 1, 2011 at 8:17 am #

    Just did a quick experiment regarding copying and pasting blogroll links. I went to a Blogger blog and on their home page I just highlighted the blogroll and did a “copy”. Then I pasted it into a “Page” on my WordPress blog. It worked and all the links are live. I was surprised it worked! And the blogger blog wasn’t even my blog.

    Not as nice as importing directly into a blogroll, but it is a way to quickly save all your blogroll links and have them immediately available on your WordPress blog.

    • Barely Pink May 1, 2011 at 8:25 am #

      Thanks, Season! I’m surprised the links were live, too. That’s happy news!

  14. rogue May 1, 2011 at 12:04 pm #

    Thank you, Pink!

    • Barely Pink May 1, 2011 at 2:07 pm #

      Hi, Rogue!

      Hope it helps! (Although there seems to be some controversy over the ability to actually USE the saved Blogger file.)

  15. Lea May 1, 2011 at 2:01 pm #

    Thanks for the instructions! This has me a bit worried now… I’m curious, with Blogger deleting things, do they still delete it even if you post the adult content warning on your page? Or does that not even matter?

    • Barely Pink May 1, 2011 at 2:05 pm #

      Cranky Spanker had an adult warning on his blog and he still got the boot. But then there are blogs that have been around for years (like Bonnie’s, Hermione’s, Ronnie’s, etc.) that are still on Blogger. It seems arbitrary and more the exception versus the rule. Still, back up your material. 🙂

  16. Ronniesoul May 1, 2011 at 2:47 pm #

    I keep meaning to back mine up Pink so thanks for the instructions, appreciate it.

    Love,
    Ronnie
    xx

    • Barely Pink May 1, 2011 at 9:41 pm #

      No problem at all, Ronnie. You have some real gems on your blog and it’d be a shame if Blogger ate ’em.

      Hugs,

      Pink

  17. Raven Red May 2, 2011 at 4:09 am #

    Thank you Miss Pink! Backed mine up – now will have to remember to do it regularly a well. I have been toying with moving my blog – problem is, I am attached to it, and also facing MarQe’s predicament.

    Hugs

    Raven

    • Barely Pink May 2, 2011 at 9:52 am #

      If you’re thinking about a move, better now than later when you’re super attached. It’s a pain, but if you do it slowly, you can do it smoothly. Or at least back it up with a different blogging host. Just a thought.

      Blogger does gets better Google search results, being a Google product. (Or something…I’m not sure I understand all of that.) And it’s unlikely that any of us will get deleted…chances are small.

  18. wordsmith May 2, 2011 at 5:22 am #

    Blogger technology seems to be disintegrating a bit as well, a shame really. I suspect they screen new blogs more than established ones, on the grounds that no complaints over a long period of time means things are OK – don’t think anyone would object to Bonnie’s blog. Those with explicit pictures are likely to more vulnerable, except mine which is in such good taste no one could possible complain 😉

    Thanks Professor Pink! If I move will you guarantee I won’t be disappointed and provide all the furniture?

    • Barely Pink May 2, 2011 at 9:55 am #

      Of course nobody would complain, Wordsmith. Your photos are impeccable and your wording absolutely above puritanical reproach.

      As far as providing guarantees and furniture, I cannot. However, if you have an office with a desk, I can provide “secretarial” assistance. 😉

      • wordsmith May 2, 2011 at 1:47 pm #

        Great idea, you can write my blog for a few weeks…get my stats up!! See if anyone notices, what fun. You know the style…schoolgirls, mindless drivel, side-swipes at readers etc I find it works best just to start typing and let your brain catch up later. Oh, no good, you’d have to learn to spell properly like we do here in the UK. Shame. Ouch.

      • Barely Pink May 2, 2011 at 1:55 pm #

        Nobody does mindless drivel as well as you, Wordsmith. I wouldn’t last a day, “proper” (ahem, wrong) spelling or no. 😛

  19. wordsmith May 2, 2011 at 2:14 pm #

    (note to self: don’t tease Pink, you don’t stand a chance)

    • Barely Pink May 2, 2011 at 4:07 pm #

      Hahaha…I hope you know that it was said in jest. 🙂

      Of course I love ya, Wordsmith!

      • Wordsmith May 3, 2011 at 2:34 am #

        Don’t panic…I forgot to add smiley :-))) Here is a voucher that allows you to say anything to me without repercussions, at least from me, lol.

  20. crankyspanker May 2, 2011 at 4:16 pm #

    Hi

    The more I slog through WordPress the more I miss the simplicity of Blogger. I have to admit that you have done an amazing job of adding features to this site. You may be reluctant to admit your IT skills but I think you are way too modest.

    Emanuele

    • Barely Pink May 2, 2011 at 8:19 pm #

      Here’s a hint: do your experimentation at 3 am. If you were to happen upon this blog in the early morning hours during its infancy, you would have seen one, big mess!

      You’ll get there. You’ve got the eye. That cranky, spanky eye that is. 🙂

  21. Pandora June 8, 2011 at 8:23 am #

    Thanks for the link, and for this very necessary post. I am still drooling over the beauty of threaded comments. I started out using LiveJournal, after which Blogger felt like a step back, software-wise, in so many ways. Exporting wasn’t easy, but definitely worth it!

    • Barely Pink June 8, 2011 at 7:10 pm #

      Your site looks beautiful now (although I liked the Blogger address, too).

      Exporting is a pain and there’s no easy way to transfer links that I’m aware of. But I have no regrets about moving here. I’m looking at self-hosting soon, but am hesitant to change my address so soon.

      Do you see a lot of difference with the self-hosted site?

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