backup your blog

By Dana Fox

Hi friends! I haven’t done a “blog tip” post in a while and I figured this was a pretty important one to share!

While browsing the web I’ve noticed on a number of occasions that people with Blogger blogs can sometimes run into a little bump. Ok, make that a huge bump. User’s blogs suddenly disappearing randomly, and Google (the Blogger admin) having no idea what happened to them. Blogs also being mistakenly marked as spam by Blogger have run into this problem as well.  I started reading some Google help forum posts and they pretty much terrified me into thinking that this could happen to me too. It could happen to any of you.

Luckily, Blogger has a nifty little feature that allows you to back up your entire blog contents… Posts, design, everything.  I’ve started doing this regularly, because really… you never know! Here’s all you need to to: (yes, I’m still using the old Blogger interface… the new one confuses me too often. Either way you can find these options in your Settings).

Go to your Blogger settings tab.  You’ll see three links along the top of the Settings page. Import blog, Export blog, and Delete blog (don’t hit that one!).  Click Export blog.

On the next screen hit the orange Download Blog button. It might take a few minutes for a ‘save’ box to popup.  Then save the file to your computer. Remember to rename it to something you will remember should you have to search for it.  That’s it!  If your blog gets deleted, all you would need to do is go to “Import blog” on the Settings screen instead and re-upload that file.

Happy blogging, friends!

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Dana Fox
Dana Fox
About me

I am a country loving Canadian with a mind that never sleeps. When I'm not running the Wonder Forest blog ship, you can find me creating artwork for phone cases and home decor, whilst managing the daily tasks of Dana Fox Creative. Visit me at the links below if you wanna be friends!


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  • Andrea

    Thank you!!!!!! I will do this right away:)

  • Devon @ TheMermaidChronicles

    I am sincerely so stoked you posted about this. Thank you! I have an irrational fear of loosing my blog. One question though, when I click "download blog" it goes to my feed link. like feed://www.blogger etc. I dragged this link to my desktop and then to my external hard drive, but is this correct or did I miss something? Thanks a bunch!

  • wildchild

    holy moly. that'd be awful. thank you!

  • dana @ wonder forest

    @Devon @ TheMermaidChronicles

    you don't drag anything anywhere. You click the link and wait. It might take a few mins depending on how much stuff you have on your blog. Then a popup window will appear to save it to your computer :)

  • Kiersten

    Thanks so much for this tip! I'm definitely doing it, because now you have me worried that I'll lose my blog!
    <3 Kiersten

  • Bethany

    Thank you! I would be so sad to lose my stuff!!

  • Heather Belle

    Haha you have everyone nervous now! 😀
    Thanks for sharing, though. I'll definitely be doing this ASAP!

  • Liz @ The Blue Eyed Owl

    Ooh, thanks for the tip. It took 2 minutes and probably saved hours of hassle down the road.

  • Jean

    thank you. thank you. it does get weird. i can't even view some entries from the past :( i probably should do this and it's sad it could happen to any one of us :(

  • Elly

    great tip…thanks :)

  • Ashley

    Thanks for the tip!! I just backed it up!!

  • Alli @ Cupcake Diaries

    Thank you for this tip! This is wonderful!

  • Kristi Hoskins

    OMG! Thank you for the tips! I would never have thought to do this!


  • Shannon

    Thank you for this. I just saved my blog, and I will continue to do this regularly. I really appreciate your advice and "how-to"

  • Cait

    omg thank you so much for sharing this :) I would have never known!

  • Rae Veda

    What a great tip. I never knew this could happen. Thanks for sharing. xo, rv

  • Rae Veda

    What a great tip. I never knew this could happen. Thanks for sharing. xo, rv

  • Kristen Danielle

    Thanks for sharing this info! Backing mine up now! :)


  • Lynn {hearted girl}

    thanks for the helping hand Dana! such an ace idea and something i will do like RIGHT NOW! i love your darling header intro for these html posts, so soft and feminine for something usually boyish and not so pretty : )

    xo ♥

  • Lauren

    Awesome tip :) Thanks….

  • sécia

    Great tip! Thank you!!!

    ♥ sécia

  • Sheri

    That's awesome, thank you! Going to do it now!!

  • brittany

    this is such a good reminder, thank you!! you are right, i've seen a number of people have their bloggies go missing lately. sad!

  • Jess

    Thank you for this tip. I am backing up as I write this comment!

  • Chrissy

    I've been doing this for a while now, you never know! Great tip! xxx

  • Kim Wedlock

    I was unaware that that could even happen! Thanks for both bringing it to my attention, and giving me a solution!

    Also, the old blogger interface rocks my socks.

  • Mel

    I always look forward to seeing these posts from you. There is so much that I just don't know.
    Love the fact that you address things that you tend to forget or just not think about…like in this post.

    thanks so much for helping out :)

  • Shani

    Oh my goodness, thank you so much for this. I never knew this was an option or that blogs randomly disappeared. I'm going to back up my blog right now.

    PS- The new interface confuses me too, I'm glad I'm not the only one.

  • Jentifur

    No idea that could even happen!! I was thinking about printing my blog, any good sites for this?

  • Lynn

    I've exported my blog before (to move it) but hadn't heard of blogs disappearing randomly!!! I use my blog pretty much as my scrapbook, I'd be devastated if it vanished! I'll have to start doing this regularly… thanks for the tip! :)

  • Devon @ TheMermaidChronicles

    For some reason it never gives me a pop up window to save it. It sends me to my blogger feed burner and that's it :/ maybe it's just one of those crazy blogger hiccups. Thanks for the tip though, maybe it will work eventually.

  • Diva Naomi Addy

    Thank you so much!!!!!
    I am getting this done right away!!!

  • Dawn

    I actually do this regularly, just in case. :) I've also had other blogs over the course of time (I had a literature-themed blog for awhile, and an Italian Foods one for a class), so I've backed them all up. I'm also freakish enough to convert all of my blog posts into PDFs, so I have other files of them as well. I figure, way far into the future, other people can convert them and read them. :)

  • saturated canary

    Thank you so much for this! I never realized people's blogs could just disappear! How upsetting! Is the document typically really long?? Mine is only a page…I was expecting more…and not sure if I did it right??…

    Love going through your blogger tips! Amazing and useful:)