498th Friday Blog Roundup
So Feedly was down for two days this week, which means that I spent the time curled up like a potato bug being poked with a stick. Okay, perhaps I just read other things instead, but it was a bit unnerving to not know what was going on with all of you. If you wrote a comment, I could click over from that url. And I could click down sections of the blogroll. But I couldn’t get to my feeds. I was locked out of my subscriptions and apparently incapable of reconstructing a list of several hundred blogs.
My lack of trust in anything cloud-based has been a running theme on this blog for years, and now I’m turning my paranoid eye towards my rss reader. If had made a backup of my rss reader, I wouldn’t have been in that predicament. I could have clicked down the list in a XML document. Or imported the backup file into a different platform. There would have been options if I had made a backup. But I didn’t. Until Feedly came back up.
After I declared Feedly bankruptcy on most posts (it was going to be too hard to recover from 48 hours worth of unread posts), I made a backup. Every rss reader will be different, but with Feedly, go to the bottom of the screen where you see the three dots in the bottom left corner. Click on those dots. It will open a menu where one of the options is “organize.” Click that. Scroll to the bottom of that screen and click “save as OPML.” Then download your feed by clicking the big green button. Move the file into a folder on your hard drive labeled “rss reader backup.”
But wait, there’s more.
Download it a second time, and this time, instead of saving it, use the “open file” choice on the download. Select a program such as Excel to open the file. It should have your feed listed, one blog per line of the spreadsheet. Save this as a file too. If you ever lose access to Feedly (or the rss reader of your choice), you can use the first backup to upload your feeds elsewhere. You can use your second backup to see a list of your feeds if you want to just click on one or two. And you should update both lists every time you make a change to your reader. Or every Friday, as part of your weekly backup. Yes, I’ve already added it to that page.
I’m sure others experienced the same thing this week and had to declare blog post bankruptcy to make a clean slate, so take pity on all of us and please give us a quick summary of what has been up in your world this week. Just leave a comment below summing up the last five days. Pretty please?
Time for your weekly nag:
This is just your friendly nudge to do your weekly backup. I know, I know, who has the time to create backups on a weekly basis? No one. But you still need to do it and forgo ten minutes of something else, once a week. Right now, before you do anything else, use this post to roll through a quick backup of your email, documents, images, blog, social media accounts, and mobile devices. Reading the Roundup on the go and don’t have the ability to do your backup right now? Email yourself a copy of the Roundup so that the email will serve as a visual reminder to get this task done. Ten minutes of your time once a week may save you a major loss of time and data down the road. Don’t have regrets. So, on your marks, get set, back up!
As always, add any new thoughts to the Friday Backup post and peruse new comments in order to find out about methods, plug-ins, and devices that help you quickly back up your data and accounts.
And now the blogs…
But first, second helpings of the posts that appeared in the open comment thread last week. In order to read the description before clicking over, please return to the open thread:
- None. As in, no one found a post last week that moved them or made them think or cracked them up or… (yes, this is a guilt trip)
Okay, now my choices this week.
Haisla’s Adventures in Endoland has a post about being down that fit my mood. The words felt like a rainy, grey day unfolding on a page. I especially loved this: “I’ve always been a bit of an emotion burier and only years in therapy taught me how to dig around in my emotional quagmire to find the root causes for feeling blah at any one time. So I think as a result of writing this post I’ve found it, the root cause for this bout of blah and it is the last failed IUI cycle, indeed. Thanks for dropping by sadness, it’s nice to see you made it to the party after all.”
Just Another Infertility Blog also has a sort of down post that I loved. She admits that she has pulled back from reading: “There is just so much joy and so much pain in your lives that I every time I venture back to my reader I’m struck with either happy news that ignites my own longings or heartbreak that devastates me on your behalf. I’m not sure if I’m being overly sensitive or if we all affect each other this way, but I can only take it in little bits at a time.” If you are overly sensitive, then I am overly sensitive too, so it’s nice to know that we’re not alone with this. It’s a post about taking a deep breath and creating order in things.
Lastly, I’ll end on a happy note. Wednesday was Bio Girl’s sister’s birthday, a hard day for the family since her sister died. They were having dinner together when they looked outside and saw the start of a rainbow. She documented it with pictures, and by the end of the rain, there was a double rainbow surrounding her parents’ house. A small moment of heartbreaking beauty, drawing all of them close together.
The roundup to the Roundup: Uh, what happened to you this week while Feedly was down? Please catch me up. Your weekly backup nudge. And lots of great posts to read. So what did you find this week? Please use a permalink to the blog post (written between June 6th and June 13th) and not the blog’s main url. Not understanding why I’m asking you what you found this week? Read the original open thread post here.