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5 Ways Being a Blogger Helped Me Survive a Disaster

Hurricane IsaacTo be honest, last week was a pretty rough week for the city of New Orleans. The landfall of Hurricane Isaac bringing powerful winds, heavy rains and strong storm surge to the area, the city was, to put it simply, a disaster.

While it may not have been a catastrophe on par with Hurricane Katrina seven years ago, it was still a powerful storm and one that more people stayed for due to fact it wasn’t seen to be as great of a threat.

What resulted was a city roasting in a hot bayou summer without power, A/C or even adequate ice. Couple that with flooding issues around the city itself and an emergency response that was seen as less-than-swift, the city felt like a disaster zone, perhaps more than it actually was.

But in the middle of it all, I realized that my work as a blogger was serving me remarkably well during these trying days. When one usually thinks of disaster skills, they typically think of survivalists capable of living off of the land.

However, disasters, even extreme ones, don’t unfold the same way in the digital age as ones just a few years ago. Your skills with Google may be more useful than knowing how to desalinate water and, if you’re a blogger, you likely have many of the skills needed to help make any disaster more bearable and more survivable.

Here are just five examples of how. Read More

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Blogging Pitfalls: Going Down With Your (Hosting) Ship

If there is one thing that the recent outages at Amazon Cloud and even the PlayStation Network can show us, it’s that even the best, most reliable companies can have serious problems with their hosting infrstructure and can go down.

Unfortunately, as a blogger, you’re just a passenger on someone else’s ship on the Web. Whether it’s a free hosting service like Blogger or WordPress.com, or you have your own server, most likely, some other company is providing the hosting and the access to you. But as reliable as they might have been in the past or as great as they are now, there’s always a possibility that things could change.

Simply put, hardware breaks, companies get sold and people change jobs. What was great service and support one day could be catastrophic downtime tomorrow and it’s important to be prepared for that possibility at all times. Sadly, this has nothing to do with avoiding unlimited hosting or using a bad host as even the best, most honest hosts can have a problem.

Instead, this is an issue about being prepared for the inevitable, that something will go wrong eventually, and that you don’t want to be the one who goes down with the ship. It’s a grim situation to prepare for, but one that every blogger has to.

After all, just a few moments of preparation can, literally, save you many hours or even days of headache down the road.

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Blogging Pitfalls: How to Blog Without Internet Access

Tangled CablesTo a blogger, Internet access is much like electricity or water, it is an essential for business and, without it, a home becomes almost unlivable in a hurry.

Unfortunately, even though Internet access is becoming more and more reliable, it is a virtual guarantee that it will go down at some point and not just for a little while. Where we can generally count on our power being restored pretty quickly or getting our water turned on in short order after an outrage, our phone and cable companies may not be able to get our Web access back on for a day or more at a time.

This problem was highlighted for me during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. My neighborhood in New Orleans was spared the worst of the storm and I returned home, after three weeks away, to find my home safe and already had power, water and gas restored. Internet, however, would not be restored for another two weeks.

So how do we have to accept, at least for now, that Internet access just isn’t as reliable as we would like it to be and that can impact our blogging, especially since it’s an activity that, at some point, requires Internet access to take place.

So how do we overcome it? There are many ways, but some a probably more beneficial than others. Read More

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