rarasaur maintenance

back it up

Just a friendly reminder, friends, we’re coming on the end of the year– and if you live on the Internet at all– back it up, back it all up.


You can download your Facebook data, through their own interface.  Go to https://www.facebook.com/settings and click the little link that says “Download a copy” of your Facebook data.

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I use http://instaport.me/ to backup and download all my Instagram photos.  I just set a date range and download. Easy.


And, of course– WordPress!

I go to the old WordPress backend, and then click on Tools, and then click on Export. Or, you can type this in, with your site name where Rarasaur.Wordpress.com is:


It looks something like this, and is sent pretty much instantly to your inbox.

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If you have questions about these, or alternate systems, let me know. I can’t say I’ll know, but I’ll probably be able to find you someone who does.  Happy exporting!


  1. I have never backed anything up online, because I like to live dangerously.

    However, I have backed up my fiction and stuff, because I don’t like to live that dangerously.

    C’mon. Live a little. Just avoid backing up a single post. You know you want to.

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    1. Gasp! Not back up?! I didn’t even want to use Instagram until I had a reliable back up service. Of course, I’ve had an entire site go down– TWICE– because of things entirely out of my control. In fact, for nostalgic enjoyment, here’s a poem I wrote when I was 16 and my first site died without a backup.

      Once upon an internet,
      just a right-click away,
      lived l’il Rarasaur
      webday to webday.
      On a giant network server,
      was Rara’s small home.
      [Which strangely enough
      is the point of this poem].
      Her home was her treasure
      and was just as she liked it.
      It soothed; it pondered;
      it shocked; it spiked-ed.
      Then one fateful day,
      when bandwidth was high,
      bankruptcy came down
      straight from the sky!
      The server underneath
      tumbled with a crash.
      And her fantastical home
      became cyber ash.
      Gone were her pictures,
      her poems and her tales,
      Gone were her thoughts
      on robotics and snails.
      Lost were her fables
      of culture and life.
      Lost were outventions
      made to ease strife.
      And the littlest ‘Saur,
      homeless and alone…
      crawled from the ash
      and wrote on a stone:
      “Here lies my webworld–
      don’t bow your head–
      though it’s not present,
      it will never be dead.”

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        1. Words are like people– capable of extraordinary feats of survival, but just because you might survive a leap off a building, doesn’t mean it isn’t nice to have a thousand fluffy pillows, a giant marshmallow, or a circus trampoline waiting. 😀

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  2. Ooo very important, you would hate to lose photos of loved ones etc. One Drive and Google Drive are good ways to back things up on line if you don’t have a memory stick

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  3. Thanks for the reminder – it’s been a few months since I remembered to back up my WordPress. I wouldn’t want to enter the new year in mourning for my lost flash fictions 🙂

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  4. Many thanks for the tips. I should do more of this! And thank you for all of your posts and your positive approach to life. I hope you have a Happy Christmas 😊🎅

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  5. I wish I’d known about backing up WP back in May. I deleted all my posts when told to stop blogging, so of course I’ve lost everything. Ah well, at least I’ve learned something from the experience – I can live without writing online, even though writing online is somehow less scary than handing a piece of paper to a friend in person and saying “so, what do you think?”



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