A week or so ago I posted about blogs disappearing.
Last night, the anonymous local political blog, mydayton.blogspot.com did a vanishing act- not just from the site- but from Google and its cache.
While blogs are so much easier to update and add content to, they are also somewhat dangerous from a backup standpoint. The new version of WordPress has a backup utility built into it- but, Iâ€™m pretty sure that most people donâ€™t back up their site onto a local computer or save their posts.
Thatâ€™s probably not what happened to mydayton.blogspot.com which had some questionable material and may have been deleted because of a terms of service issue, but the point should be made to back up your site including the database daily.
Our hosting solution backs up nightly- but, if you let more than 24 hours go by we too could lose your site.
Iâ€™m not sorry to see mydayton.blogspot.com go- Iâ€™m not a big fan of anonymous political speech- I believe in signing your name to things- but, this is a good lesson to be learned for those entering the blogosphere- if you donâ€™t own your hosting and url- someone else does. Before you put a blog up on blogger.com (blogspot.com) or wordpress.com, think about who you want having control of your material.
And as a last note- If you were looking for mydayton.blogspot.com and found this post- this is the power of WordPress and search engines. I highly recommend you look into taking the blogosopher seminar so you can learn how to do this right.
both are listed with the same contact through whois (click on the site names for the registration info)