Don’t break the Web — I’m off the grid

Brian Oberkirch talks about having one of his sites pulled down (an important one, too, on the New Orleans disaster) by an ex partner.

Oh, I hear ya on that one. Userland pulled down the first two years of my blog and never put it back up.

Breakage happens all the time. It’s unfortunate. But there are ways to route around the damage. Unfortunately they didn’t crawl everything.

A friend asked me why I don’t get mad about stuff like that. “I’m gonna end up in a box either way,” I answered.

Anyway, I’ll be offline until August 13th. Visit TechMeme, which is my favorite news site. Enjoy life.

Comments

  1. Robert, the blog was not “his” in fact it was a team effort by our company. Brian was a member of the team and the driving force behind the project. We wrote about taking the blog down in this post:

    http://www.weblogswork.com/2006/07/31/looking-back-hurricane-katrina-blogging/

    The blog was gathering dust as no one wanted to “own” it anymore. It was also gather thousands of comment and trackback spam messages. Anyway, we did not see how it was useful to keep it up and offered to point the domain to Brian’s personal servers. Before we could he blasted us in his blog. Ultimately, we had no idea anyone cared, but since they do we restored the blog, writing about it here:

    http://www.weblogswork.com/2006/08/03/disaster-blogging-part-deux/

    So if we are going to keep the Hurricane blogging project going we are going to need help. If you would be kind enough to put a call out to people from the Gulf Coast who are interested in helping us keep the effort alive. It is very easy to complain, but another thing to actually get involved and contribute. You can have interested parties give me a call at 214.550.2003 – Alexander Muse

  2. Robert, the blog was not “his” in fact it was a team effort by our company. Brian was a member of the team and the driving force behind the project. We wrote about taking the blog down in this post:

    http://www.weblogswork.com/2006/07/31/looking-back-hurricane-katrina-blogging/

    The blog was gathering dust as no one wanted to “own” it anymore. It was also gather thousands of comment and trackback spam messages. Anyway, we did not see how it was useful to keep it up and offered to point the domain to Brian’s personal servers. Before we could he blasted us in his blog. Ultimately, we had no idea anyone cared, but since they do we restored the blog, writing about it here:

    http://www.weblogswork.com/2006/08/03/disaster-blogging-part-deux/

    So if we are going to keep the Hurricane blogging project going we are going to need help. If you would be kind enough to put a call out to people from the Gulf Coast who are interested in helping us keep the effort alive. It is very easy to complain, but another thing to actually get involved and contribute. You can have interested parties give me a call at 214.550.2003 – Alexander Muse

  3. I print out each post as I post it, or in some cases, after a few subsequent edits, revisions, whatever. Updates to the post itself, within the post.

    Print em out fellers. Or transfer them to disk I guess. Any suggestions Robert on offline blog preservation?

  4. I usually just type ‘em in Word, that’s my backup :) But hey, we’ll end up in a box anyway! Maybe they can put my USB stick with me in the box, that’d be great for the archeologists in about 200 years.. I should copyright that idea..

  5. I usually just type ‘em in Word, that’s my backup :) But hey, we’ll end up in a box anyway! Maybe they can put my USB stick with me in the box, that’d be great for the archeologists in about 200 years.. I should copyright that idea..