Bloggers, Do You Know Where Your Server Is? Continuity For Web Projects – Part IV – Reader Strategies

You are thinking about a new antenna market, and you remember a couple weeks ago a fellow radio amateur, XYC123Z had written a wonderful blog post about using this antenna.  

So you check his blog – and not only is the post not there, but the entire blog you had once read is gone!

Guess it is off to look for other information….

So what does a Blog Reader do to help keep the information from Blogs that is important available to them on the long run?

Some suggestions:

Print It – Many people feel unless it it is printed on paper and part of their station library that information is only temporary.  They print out articles that interest them and create a manual filing system to keep these copies.

Burn It – A variation of Print It where the reader burns copy to storage media, whether burning to CD-ROM, CD-RW, Flash Drive or other storage media.  

Take a Feed – If the blog you are interested in is consistently one you would like to have a local copy for your own reference, consider subscribing to the Blog by RSS feed.  This doesn’t work all that well if the blog or your feed reader have a post size limit for content carried in the RSS feed.

Search Web Archives – Archive.org, Google’s caches – You might find a copy in one of the on-line archives, but so often The Wayback Machine and to Google’s Caches come up dry, perhaps XYC123Z had a “No Robots” policy (whether he knew it or not) and the blog was never archived, or it simply didn’t rate high enough on the search engines to be crawled for archive.

An Archive of One’s Own – There are software packages out there that through your browser will crawl a website and pull a copy.  Many browsers can also locally save a copy of webpage (in the case of Safari, which I am using as I write this post, the Command-S function will locally archive a page.)

Unconventional/Aggregator Archives – One peculiar feature of the Blogosphere is the presence of Aggregator or Pirate Re-Posting Blogs.  These are blogs who copy from primary blogs, almost never having original posts.  Occasionally you can find  a mirrored copy of an otherwise missing Blog or Blog Post on one of these Unconventional Archives.  Don’t forget to look for foreign language versions as well.

Hopefully these ideas will start a reader down the path to create an archive of material important to them.

73

Steve
K9ZW

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