WordPress went down the other day and if you heard this high pitched squeal echoing among the clouds, it was probably me (or at least me joining the cacophony of other WordPress users).

You see, my blog is on WordPress. So all of a sudden…my blog disappeared!

My husband worked hard to convince me that my blog was just ‘down’ not ‘erased’ but I was certain all of it was gone. Gone!

I started to panic. Oh my God! Did I have any back-up? Where was my back up? Sure, my comics have been uploaded to my hard-drive (I cut and paste them from my bitstrips.com account into my computer before uploading them to my blog)…but the writing? Ahhh! Where was the writing?

It made me realize how much faith I’d placed in the electronic ether. Yes, okay, I’m sure its perfectly safe (as my husband insists)…its not going to suddenly dissolve into a puddle of bits & pixels…but still…a back up plan would be prudent…

My husband is a bit proponent of back up plans. He has insisted I post the 3-2-1 rule here, which is taken from this link by Peter Krogh (who’s talking about digital photos but its the same idea):

The 3-2-1 Rule
The simplest way to remember how to back up your images safely is to use the 3-2-1 rule.
•    We recommend keeping 3 copies of any important file (a primary and two backups)
•    We recommend having the files on 2 different media types (such as hard drive and optical media), to protect against different types of hazards.*
•    1 copy should be stored offsite (or at least offline).

I have now saved all my blog posts, as well as my comics, as well as my novel, on 2 additional computers plus an external hard drive plus an on-line storage system (such as Carbonite).

I’m also considering the old fashion method of printing them out and locking them in a fireproof box. And then wrapping that in duct tape. And then maybe I’ll station a couple of guard dogs around that plus a flame throwing booby trap. Indiana Jones himself couldn’t get in to take it!

Writers, when WordPress went down it was a message from the Writing Gods!

Protect your work!