I lost almost 5 years of blogwork when my Xanga site AND original blog*spot blogs were eliminated. Xanga just up and died out and went away.
For reasons known only to Google, they decided to delete my Capital Region People blog, even though, at the time it was canned, still managed to attract more than 400 visitors on a daily basis!
They did this while leaving blogs (that still remain online to this very day) that were abandoned as far back as 2001. Like this one. By the way, "Jim" gets around 10 visitors a day (probably looking to snag the name "JIM" for a blogspot blog!)
I had no reason to think that something let out there in the digital world would vaporize. That's not what they told us. They said "anything you post online will remain there forever." So, now we know that's not 100% true! If you want something online blown away to never return, there are ways of doing it. (And there are other people who may run across and decide to save your stuff: In the case of CRP, I wasn't so lucky!)
I managed to save a great deal of material from CRP. I saved it in its entirety by employing a variety of methods, including saving pages I had printed out, using HTTP Tracker, saving CRP onto a series of CDs.
This accomplished two things: (1) I had a lasting record of my early years of blogging and (2)The people who requested that certain items be deleted were happy. I only wish there had been a way of saving my earliest attempts at blogging on Xanga and a couple of other now-defunct services.
If you value your blog, find a way to save it for yourself. Either as a digital file in the way I did or you can simply print it out. The best method for printing is a month at a time (via blogger, anyway - I'm not well-versed on the other platforms) OR if you blog infrequently, print out one post at a time.
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