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Rescuing Work From Another Website

I realize now how they must have felt preparing for the evacuation of Dunkirk in 1940. I have almost 3,000 features on a certain other site that could perish without trace if they either shut down or decide to delete my account for not writing more there since they decided not paying contributors seemed like a good idea.

I not only want to salvage and liberate my best articles; many unsaved on my current computer, but also re-use them on other blogs such as this one, but using them right away would probably mean they would come up as copied from an existing site even though once copied over I am deleting the originals there.

What I’m doing is copying them to a folder which is embargoed for three months – in blocks of fifteen articles each time. The first batch will be free to use on other sites after April by which time they should have fallen off the search engines as work on that site - it is a slow painstaking process, and they could pounce on remaining material there at any time sadly.

Arthur Chappell

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soupdragon wrote on January 5, 2015, 7:23 AM

The Dunkirk comparison is an amusing one. I hadn't thought about my work on the 'other site' perishing but perhaps I ought to be salvaging it too.

Kat- wrote on January 5, 2015, 7:53 AM

I would take your most important or memorable ones first. I'm hearing that people are trying to take the site down by any means possible, so there's no guarantee how long your content will be there. Good luck getting them all, with that many it is a daunting task.

maxeen wrote on January 5, 2015, 8:46 AM

I printed most of mine out months ago ,shortly after they cut down our visible work to 100 or so,hard when you have so many,hope none are lost..

rjsezack wrote on January 5, 2015, 9:18 AM

That is the reason I write on Google Drive. That way I always have a copy of my work.

Anja wrote on January 5, 2015, 9:35 AM

I am not sure if you can use them if previously published, but perhaps once they are no longer indexed it will be alright. I would inquire though.

arthurchappell wrote on January 5, 2015, 10:06 AM

not heard of Google Drive rjsezack thanks - I will check before reposting thanks Anja

Vivenda wrote on January 5, 2015, 10:23 AM

I tend to write everything in Word first, and then just copy and past. That way, all my bubbles remain intact.

FreyaYuki wrote on January 5, 2015, 3:23 PM

Moving articles from that site too. You can use the removal tool to de-index them from the search engines so you don't have to wait so long before posting them elsewhere.

WordChazer wrote on January 5, 2015, 3:36 PM

Google is helpful in this, I have found. If you know you have x number of articles and can't find some, put your user name and the name of the website into the aforementioned search engine. I have at least 30 pages where the two coincide. At least some of them are on here or in relation to articles on which I have commented about that site, but quite a number seem to be unique references to pieces I had forgotten I had published. I have 100 gone missing; two I really can't find, so I think the tales of losing part of the database may well be true... almost 100 total of my articles are reviews, which I have saved, but the remaining 280 need to be located and fast, if I have anything to do with it.

j2401 wrote on January 6, 2015, 4:05 PM

I haven't moved any of my posts yet, I need to start thinking about that

BodieMor wrote on January 6, 2015, 8:47 PM

I am profoundly impressed! Three thousand articles! The mere idea of writing so many exhausts me! Good luck at liberating all of them. I have a feeling they are all more than worthy of rescue!

seren3 wrote on January 7, 2015, 7:00 PM

I was surprised that many I deleted showed the 404 "not found" message within 24 hours. You have such a volume of material to draw from!