The Digital Dark Age & Your Blog

29 thoughts on “The Digital Dark Age & Your Blog

    1. Thanks for chiming in. Right, unless you want to talk metaphysical, your blog won’t last forever.
      I don’t think I want my blog to last that long, but long enough for my grandkids to read it would be nice. I personally would have appreciated having some more records from my grandparents

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  1. Hi Michael I’m visiting via Donna from Retirement Reflections. I have a blog and never actually thought about it’s future. I have written much about inspiring women Over 50 to embrace life and now that I think about it, my work would be a wonderful legacy for my children and grandchildren to read. You have certainly made me think about what to do with it all. Have a great day!

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    1. Thank you. Please let me know when you have any further thoughts on how to preserve your blog.
      I think the perceived value of your blog’s stories and thoughts will have a bit of a “u” shape: right now it’s current and valuable; in 5-10 years we might all be thinking “oh, that’s old news”, but in 20-50 years it may be one of the few things that’s been preserved from this era, and it might be even more valuable than it is now. So good luck with preserving it for them!

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  2. Visiting from Retirement Reflections, Michael. This topic has been on my mind for I want my grandsons to have access to the thoughts of their silly grandmother long after I’m gone. I was considering going through the arduous process of printing my blog entries I’ve written and putting in a book or safe deposit box. I must look into Family Search.

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    1. One thing I’m going to try (before creating a plugin like I’m describing in this post) is export my blog to a pdf. There are various plugins already (some free, some paid) that can help with this. Once you have a pdf of your blog’s posts, printing it will be less arduous. You could take a look at https://wpdean.com/how-to-an-create-ebook-from-wordpress-post-and-pages/ if you’d like to try that too.
      Regarding Family search: there are various aspects to the site, but the most relevant one is “Family search memories”. See https://www.familysearch.org/blog/en/familysearch-memories-add-important-details-family-photos/ for some details about that.

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  3. Such an interesting topic Michael. I don’t think enough thought has been put into the future of blogs and I too am keen to leave mine as a legacy for my family. Donna at Retirement Reflections shared your post and I’m very thankful that she has. You’ve given me a lot to think about.

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    1. I agree, there’s a lot to think about. We have so much emphasis on the new and exciting, that we forget about the old. And then, if we don’t find a way to preserve it, it’s gone, and it’s almost like it never existed.
      Let me know if you have any more thoughts on the topic!

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  4. Hi Michael,
    I don’t know if the comment has gone through.
    I landed here via Donna’s post.
    A very good post in these times, when we tend to generate more data than in the pre-digital era.
    Your tips are all worth following.
    I have backed up all my important data in hard disks.
    — Pradeep | bpradeepnair.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Pradeep! This post was more of me thinking out loud about the best way to backup your blog and data. I’m not entirely satisfied with the current options. But I think backing up your data on external hard drives is better than nothing. Just be sure to check those hard disks still work every year or two because they deteriorate as well.
      Good luck!

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  5. Donna sent me over and I’m so glad she did. I can’t believe I haven’t worried about this before, but you’re so right. Our blog posts could become obsolete sooner rather than later. If nothing else, I need to print out the ones that mean something to me (for my grandkids most likely) and maybe even put them into a book.

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    1. Thanks so much for the feedback!
      Ya I think printing them and putting them in a book would be great. The plugin Anthologize plugin (see https://wordpress.org/plugins/anthologize/) is totally free way to do that (there is no paid option either).
      Since writing this post, I’ve used it. I think it could be improved so I’m discussing some improvements that could be made with its developers. If you try it, please let me know he it goes.

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