All of us bloggers have experienced unexpected and unwelcome “downtime”.
This can occur when your webhost is down or your internet connection is down or when your web host is “fixing” back end problems.
That’s why it’s advisable to have a ten point contingency plan for working off-line when you cannot access you blog.
At the end of this post I have asked my readers to chime in with their additional suggestions but below are my top ten.
- Clean out and categorize your bookmarks.
- Clean out your email program.
- Clean out and organize the image and music files on your computer.
- Organize your document files and delete those you don’t need.
- Delete programs you don’t use.
- Write your next blog post in an off-line blog editor or plain text editor.
- Run any maintenance programs you don’t have auto-scheduled.
- Write down your logins and passwords for all your sites, blogs, email accounts, where you purchased your domain names, etc. on 3 x 5 inch index cards and get them ready to put into your safety deposit box.
- Unplug your computer, take the cover off and clean out the dust [edit: with a soft damp cloth].
- Create draft posts for your blog so they are ready to go when you can connect again. remember what you were doing before starting to blog and get up and do one of those things.
- Get up from the keyboard, shut your computer off and do something completely different. [ A new point supplied by a reader in the comments below.]
- Take time to organize security copies and back-ups, making sure your back-ups are up-to-date. [ A new point supplied by a reader in the comments below.]
Readers: Please post your additional “what to do when offline” suggestions as comments.