Save on office supplies at Amazon.


How to survive a writing website closure: Keep multiple copies

Web writers recoil in fear at the mere thought of unintentional erasures. Who among us hasn’t stared in horror at the blank white screen of death, where a thoughtfully composed article once appeared?

The problem is compounded when a publisher’s website goes kaput. Ask any writer who has produced content for a now-defunct site.

Fortunately, most web writers know enough to save their work, both in-process and post-publication. And the smartest keep copies in multiple spots, just in case.

Hey, glitches happen. And human error is always a possibility.

What writer hasn’t opened last week’s feature article document file, for example, composed this week’s entry, and saved it under the old name? Oops! That just overwrote the first piece.

And what if a computer crashes? Or what if a content storage website vanishes? Is all the copy contained within it lost?

If that content has been saved in another spot, such as an external hard drive or a thumb drive/flash drive, it can be easily recovered. If not, well, uh-oh.

Multiple copies – kept in different spots – can be a lifesaver for the web writer, especially when a website closes and those old pieces may be restored, revised, and republished somewhere else.

Created by this user
with public domain clipart

Feel free to follow on GooglePlus and Twitter.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Agree? Disagree? Have related insights, ideas, or a story to share? Feel free to comment, and let Working in Words know you were here.