With apologies for straying off-topic, this is a short PSA reminding you (and me!) to protect your data. You see twice this week someone tried to reset the password on this blog without my permission. I’m not really sure why anyone would want to take it over…but I long ago gave up trying to rationalize the mind of the irrational.
I started thinking about how sad I’d be if someone got into any of my blogs and started changing the posts…or deleting them…or just generally removing my control. Yeah the blog is something I do on the side as a creative outlet. It doesn’t make me any money but it makes me happy and I realized I’d be pretty devastated if I lost it all.
So I made my passwords stronger, set up a secondary email and changed my security question. It’s not foolproof but it’s something. And anyone else who would care about losing their blog should do the same. Most free blogging services don’t really keep backups of your data so once it’s gone it’s probably gone. And that would be sad. I enjoy reading your posts. Protect yourself before something happens.
Update 8:49 PM: For anyone curious, I discovered a way to back up a Blogger blog by downloading all the posts as XML. Instructions are here.