Sunday, June 12, 2016

Always Back Up

It's been an adventure here at The Writers' Vineyard. Our blog site disappeared for a while, and it took a village to figure out what happened and produce a fix.

Many thanks to Rita Bay and Jude Johnson, especially, for their investment of time and energy in creating a solution. And to the entire TWV author community for their support, encouragement, ideas, and patience.

The solution means we have a new URL: Bookmark that! And notice that it also allows us to have a more secure site, which is, as Martha Stewart used to say, a good thing.

But the best good thing (sorry, grammar mavens) is the reminder to all of us to back up our work, our sites, and even ourselves. Our editors delete it from our writings, but in the digital world, redundancy is important.

Back up your digital manuscripts - to the cloud, to an external hard drive, to a flash drive, any/all of the above. (I regularly email my works-in-progress to myself, it's easy and free off-site storage, and I can access those drafts from any internet connection.) Consider security, think about privacy, and maybe even make paper copies. Who knows what devices we'll be using five or ten or twenty years from now?

Now we also have multiple administrators on this site. We can back each other up.

We appreciate your patience and hope you will keep reading our thoughts about the writing life. (As soon as you back up all your precious work, that is.)

Elizabeth Fountain, now a TWV admin, is also the author of An Alien's Guide to World Domination and You, Jane. You can find out more about her work at her hosted and regularly-backed-up web site and blog here.


Rita Bay said...

I've been absent for a while with moving and more. Thank you, Liz, for being one of the constant presences at TWV and for volunteering to be a moderator. Now that we have several, I hope we won't have any down time. Still have work to do, but we've made a great start.

Liz Fountain said...

We are all in this together. Thank you Rita for getting us back "on the air"!