How to Lose All Your Hard Work in 1 Easy Step
Always make a backup!
Over the past few years I've written about this numerous times. I've told my fellow web writers to save all their posts to their computers, and to backup those files in a second location just in case something happens to that computer. I've talked about the importance of archiving content as proof of earnings, just in case there's ever an issue with payment. I've admonished people to take screen captures and to record URLs and post stats, so they'll have evidence to bring forward if there's ever a dispute.
But I never thought that I'd see the day when the technical team behind a paid to write website would be caught without a backup. You'd think that anyone who has the skill to set up and run a social blogging web site would realize that a backup of the site should be made and updated regularly, and that this would be a top priority.
World Famous Writers Closes
I wrote yesterday about World Famous Writers closing its doors . The site was one of several incarnations for what started as Elite Visitors, and the owners had already been through an earlier fiasco when one of the founders absconded with all of the site's revenues. So you'd think after being badly burned once, the remaining partners would have done everything they could to protect themselves.
Including making a backup of the site on a regular schedule.
Apparently, this was just never done.
A notice has gone up on the landing page of the site, explaining that it is no more. It explains that, “we can do nothing as the host deleted all files After the site got suspened.” (Sorry for the errors, but that's exactly as it's written.)
When I asked about the backup, I was told by one administrator that they “didn't have to time to do the backups” and by another of the owners that, “it isn't quite so simple to back up 15 gb of information.” Apparently lack of both time and storage space was to blame for the failure to keep the community's writing safe.
I'm sure the folks behind WFW had their hearts in the right place. But I'm not sure what they were thinking.
Always, always, always backup your own writing! When you publish it on a revenue sharing site, you have no idea what's going on behind the scenes. Don't be left scrambling to copy your content at the last minute when a site announces that it's shutting down. And certainly, you don't want to find that all of your hard work is lost if the site closes without notice or if the owners try to claim they have no record of your contributions.
We can hope that the people who set up shop to run a revenue sharing site will be professional and will keep our data safe. But in truth, we'll never know what the future can bring. We must rely on ourselves first, last, and in between. There's no knowing whether the others we entrust with our writings are up to the challenge of keeping them safe.
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