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Expat wanderer

Backing Against Hacking

This morning, a wonderfully quiet Friday morning in Kuwait*, I spent my time backing up all the entries in this blog. A fellow blogger, Fonzy went online to find his entire blog blank. Some mean-spirited hacker had gone in and wiped it out. Maybe those incapable of creating, destroy. I can’t imagine the nastiness it takes to wreck and destroy, to harm the innocent. I don’t want to try to wrap my mind around it, but I will take the warning.

Fortunately for the Fonz, he had back-up. Unfortunately for me, in spite of all my good intentions, I haven’t backed up in a long time. Months. So this morning I thanked God nothing had happened to my blog, and I backed it up.

It turned out to be kind of fun. I’d already forgotten some of the things I blogged about. Life moves on, and at such a rapid pace! And whew, now I am finished, at least for the time being. Thanks Fonz, for the reminder to back yourself up.

*For my non-Kuwait/non Middle Eastern readers, Friday morning is like Sunday morning in the western world. Relatively quiet, most people sleeping, not a lot of cars on the road – a day of rest.

February 16, 2007 - Posted by | Blogging, Counter-terrorism, Kuwait, Middle East, Random Musings, Spiritual


  1. I am not sure if you have this option on wordpress but on Blogger you can have your posts automatically emailed to a certain adress. So whenever I post something it gets immediately sent as an email and that way I never have to worry about backing up because it does it by itself. Check if you have that option and then create a folder in your chosen email for blog entries so you can have all your posts in one place. That’s what I do at least.

    And yeah looking back at old blog entries is a strange experience. Even your writing can seem a bit different depending on your mood.

    Comment by 1001 Nights | February 17, 2007 | Reply

  2. 1001 – Hmmmm. I have never seen that option in WordPress, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist, and it would be worth exploring. Thanks for the suggestion; that would save a lot of time.

    Comment by intlxpatr | February 17, 2007 | Reply

  3. I miss that feature on Blogger where your post is sent to your email address automatically. I actually have no back up – how did you do it with WordPress, IntlXpatr?
    It would be too tedious to do manually and too many posts.

    Comment by jewaira | February 18, 2007 | Reply

  4. Lady J – I did it the tedious way, but I did it by month. Copied out each page, pasted to my word processing program, saved. I don’t have YEARS as you have, but it only took maybe an hour once I got into the rhythm. I skipped the comments in the interest of time. Aaarrgh! But you know how good WordPress is, I bet if we suggested it, it might happen.

    Comment by intlxpatr | February 19, 2007 | Reply

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