Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Can we blog from Aardvark to Zebra?

Dylan at work
Some time last month my guinea pig Dylan announced he was going to do the A to Z Challenge next year.  He wouldn't be the first guinea pig, since Victor took part in 2012, doing the A to Z of guinea pig food.  Dylan hasn't come up with a theme yet, but I think if he does, he's going to need some help.

Victor made a lot of friends with other animals on the A to Z challenge that year.  There was Dreamweaver, The Mane Point, and Rob Bear, who comes out of hibernation around then to do his blog Chrome on the Range.  I don't think he kept up with them for very long, but time flies when you're a guinea pig.

Last year I noticed that my good friend and fellow A2Z minion Guilie Castillo has a second blog called Life In Dogs.  It's about dog rescues - which she does in Mexico, but also about cat rescues and any animal rescues at all.  She set up a linky for other pet bloggers on the A2Z which I thought was a wonderful way of getting special interest sites together.  If she does it again next year then I'll tell Dylan to sign up for it, as well as the main challenge, and the Theme Reveal, and all those other extras that go with being part of the A to Z Challenge in April.

Are there any Aardvarks or Zebras blogging out there who would like to get involved in the A2Z Pet Network?


Last week was a painful reminder for me of the good reasons for backing up your blog.  Mine was out of action (although readable by viewers) for nearly a week after a conflict in upgrades gave me no back office/dashboard access.  Faced with the prospect of rebuilding it, I looked for my last back up.  I can do a simple posts export which is the easiest way of keeping content - and in a useable format should I need to change hosts.

I last saved my posts on April 17th - presumably the date I had all my A2Z posts done for the month.  So if things had gone wrong then, all my posts were ready and scheduled.  It's a good reason to schedule posts anyway - you never know when the gremlins are going to hit you!

Given that I'll be away for a week at the end of March, I think I'll have to do most of my April posts before then.  Schedule, and back-up (or save off line).  It's the only way to get peace of mind.

Dylan had better start planning his posts now - then I can back up his blog too!

What about you?  Any interest in pet blogging?  Done a back-up lately?

Jemima Pett blogs at, and is on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.  She has written the Princelings of the East series (whose characters are guinea pigs) and is working on a new scifi series, the first of which, The Perihelix, Viridian System #1, will be out in 2015.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's a smart idea to link up all the pet blogs. And back up your blog at least once a month. Which reminds me, I'm due...

Birgit said...

um...back up your blog?? I have never done that? How do you do that? I thought it is always on the web so....this is naive me(I like to think of being naive rather than blond:))

Jemima Pett said...

Alex - we ought to have some sort of scheduler for it, I think! The other thing, of course, is to back up your WIP onto a USB or a Cloud thing like Dropbox :)

Birgit - it'll depend on your blog platform or host. My host lets me back up automatically if I remember to set it up; but I find it easier to use the "export posts /content" option from the Wordpress dashboard. I'm not sure what Blogger does, I'll have to check. I'm not very good with things below the level of posts :)

J Lenni Dorner said...

Interestingly, my assistant came back from Cabella's (sporting and outdoor shop) with pictures of animals from A to Z. She said to me, "Now you have a back-up plan for April!"
Not sure what to do with that, but it certainly got a laugh. Not sure they'd qualify as "pets."

Cal Dream Squirrel said...

My dogs would love to join...! they blog often and this would be right up their alley... Livin' la Vida Dog... and I don't know that I've ever backed up my blog before... will have to make sure I do now...

Nicole said...

My cat has been included in a few blog posts I've published over the years but that's about the extent of my pet blogging at this time. Backing up my blog is a hit or miss in that I tend to do it when it crosses my mind...and now that you mention it, I haven't done it in at least one month or so. Thanks for the reminder. Off to remedy that now....

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Jemima Pett said...

Lenni - I think any posts about animals would count :)

Veronica - looking forward to meeting your dogs next year - Dylan would like to be reassured they won't eat him!

Nicole - glad to have prompted you!


Cal Dream Squirrel said...

Taking you all at your word and will have my dogs "attempt" the A to Z challenge this year 2015... rest assured, Jemima, that they don't generally eat small critters... at least of the domesticated kind...