Tuesday, June 24, 2008

My Blogger Contest Entry

Blogger Buster Competition Announcement

This is going to be short and simple. And probably not very relevant to a lot of people.

This post is actually a contest entry that Amanda from Blogger Buster is hosting where I get to list a new Blogger feature that I would like Google to implement. Everyone who participates in this contest then gets put into a drawing to win a FABULOUS prize created by Amanda, the Blogger guru herself.

Here are the rules as defined on Amanda's blog:

Write a post in your own blog explaining which feature (or features) you would most like to be able to use in Blogger, and why you would like to use it.

So here goes...

Selective Post Backup

I would like Blogger to implement an easy way to back up all selected posts to my hard drive for easy restore in the event of a major blog disaster. Over the years I have seen and heard too many horror stories of people accidentally deleting their blogs, being attacked by a malicious virus or blognapped by a hacker, wherein the owner of the blog loses every post he or she has ever written. {{{shiver}}}

Currently I have to go through the painstaking process of saving the HTML code of every post to Word documents so I can even more painstakingly recreate them if I have to.

Instead, I would like a feature available in the "Edit Posts" section where I can put a check mark next to every post I want to save, and then select "Save to Disk" (much like the "Label Actions" option) and it will export every post and its HTML code to a location I've specified. Of course it will need to also have the associated "import" functionality as well.


In the meantime, here is the current wish list of Blogger features and suggestions to vote on if you haven't seen it already.

So, wish me luck folks. I could really use the smörgåsbord of delicious prizes Amanda is serving the winner. Yum!

23 comments:

Memarie Lane said...

Good one, Jeff! I'd really like to have that feature too. I don't have any posts backed up on my hard drive, with a feature like this lazy daisies like me would be more responsible and less likely to harass the platform in the event of a loss.

VE said...

I like it. Can you add a feature where I can click on a button and money comes out of my A drive? I'd like that too...

Sandy said...

yeah, what he said!

Jennine said...

Wordpress lets me export my entire blog whenever I want so I simply save it to a file on my computer or save it to a disk.

(You can import blogger to wordpress with a simple push of a button)

You're suggestion is great. You're SO going to win.

Je said...

Your, too.

Michelle said...

I'm obviously not qualified to participate in this contest. Google owns Blogger? Huh. I do like your idea... although I'm paranoid enough that I do it the opposite way and type all my posts into Word first and then paste into Blogger. It never dawned on me to do the opposite!

Mylhibug said...

That is quite practical Jeff, and I would think that the brains at Google could make it happen. Of course like most computer related items that make good practical sense, most of us would probably ignore it ~ until it's too late. :)

Drowsey Monkey said...

Thanks, I didn't know about this. Your suggestion is good. I should really back up stuff and I don't. I'd like to see a way to upload multiple photos at once. Maybe there is a way to do it but I don't know about it. It's a pain for my photo blog.

Dan said...

As Jennine said, wordpress does that. It also lets you email the backup to yourself I have a copy in my yahoo mail account in case my blog and my computer crashes. you never know

kapgar said...

I wish Typepad would allow exporting of everything you have on your blog so you can maintain a copy should something happen to all their servers. I know that's disaster mentality, but I tend to think that way. Wordpress allows backups and I like that and they'll import from other services like Typepad and Blogger and that's one of the big reasons I'm in the midst of switching over.

Jeff said...

marie - And "harassing the platform" is so efficient too!

ve - So far they've only invented ways to sink money INTO a PC.

sandy - VE always has good ideas. That's why I hang around with him.

jennine - I most likely won't win because the contest is based on a drawing - and I never win anything that way :-(

michelle - I like to save only the HTML code because it saves all the post's formatting and pictures etc.

mylhibug - I would think this wouldn't be that hard to implement. Save/restore functionality is a must have in my book.

drowsey monkey - You know, every now and then when I'm uploading a picture, I'll get a brief window that has multiple "browse" dropdowns in it, as if you were able to select several pictures. But then it refreshes itself back to the individual window. Anyway, this should be another feature they should be able to put in without too much trouble. Make sure you enter the contest!!!

dan - I actually have a Wordpress account already in place, but I don't have the ambition to make the move. Plus I like the fact that Google hosts my stuff for free. Free is good.

kapgar - Wordpress seems to be a pretty popular platform. I know a lot of people who have migrated from Typepad and Blogger.

Sornie said...

That would be a great feautre. i know that for a while I saved at least my text to my hard drive but after close to 2,000 posts it's just too much to do. This dream feature would solve it.

April said...

Love your idea! Good luck!

cathouse teri said...

Good idea, dude! I hope you win!

Maureen said...

Yeah, Jeff that would be nice. I have always backed up my entire blog, each month by copying and pasting into Word. And anytime I change the template, I back it up too, as well as all the code for the sidebar.

I wish Blogger would add the Comment Luv feature too...

Good luck!

JD at I Do Things said...

You're right: this was totally irrelevant. However! I really hope you win a fabulous prize.

(I copy my HTML to Notepad AND do manual and automatic backups. And I'm still scared to death of the big "what if?"

JD at I Do Things

Jeff said...

sornie - That's how I see it too. Hopefully Google will listen to me. I mean why wouldn't they? ;b

april - Thanks. Have you seen the prizes Amanda is giving away?!

teri - Me too! Me too!

maureen - Why don't you enter too? You can submit any idea you want, even if it's been suggested already.

jd - I saw a great blogger get taken down by a highjacker. It threw him for such a loop he just gave up. Very sad.

Gette said...

Lost one blog to the ether already. I shoulda done the backup thingy. Sounds like work...

Diesel said...

That's a pretty good one. I don't think it will happen though. Too hard to implement. I wish they had a batch delete for posts.

Alice said...

That was an EXCELLENT suggestion as I do the blog mainly for my kids to read later on since I'm not a scrapbooker!

Jeff said...

gette - I would be totally bummed if I lost my blog. I'll do whatever it takes to prevent that.

diesel - They already have a template export/import function. I would think they should be able to modify that to include posts. Maybe Google needs to transfer you over to the Blogger department. Let me know if you need a reference.

alice - Yes, I agree. After all, blogging is just another form of memory keeping now isn't it?

cathouse teri said...

Here's something funny.

I just thought I'd drop by here on the cloud. I saw your post. Some discouraging words in the beginning about... "probably not relevant" and then I read blah blah blah... and then something about rules... and blah blah blah and then I thought, "Oh hell. I'm not even going to read this one. I think I'll just put up a comment that I didn't read it." And then! What to my wondrous eyes should appear? I did read it and comment on it already!

Does this mean I'm getting old?

Amanda said...

Thank you for your entry to the Blogger Wishlist Competition Jeff! I've confirmed your entry and have added this to the growing list of entrants :)

Just today I noticed that Blogger have added an import/export feature which you could use to make a full backup of your blog! This is great news as it means we can now make a complete backup (in the form of an XML file) of our blogs, just in case the worst does happen.

Thank you for suggesting this! I'm very happy to know our greatest requests are being acknowledged and developed :)

Best of luck for your entry!

Amanda
http://www.bloggerbuster.com