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Introducing the Archive-Along! (Join Us!)
Today kicks off a special blog-project that Rachel (of Average Jane Crafter fame) and I cooked up.
It started, as so many fun ideas do, from a snippet of random conversation. We got to thinking about how, all this frenzy of online activity - all these blog posts, all these tweets and Facebook updates, all these online articles - everything is, essentially, intangible.
We noticed that, when we have an article published in a hard-copy magazine someplace, we generally keep a copy on file, so we can refer to it later, or share it as a credential with a prospective client. Those hard copies are valuable.
...So, what about all the hard work we put into our blogs? Where's the proof of that, except online? And just how safe is it online?
For so many of us, all it would take is one hard drive failure, one server crash, one pull of the wrong (metaphorical) plug and POOF! All that hard work is gone.
So Rachel and I decided to form an Archive-Along. For the next couple weeks, we'll be sharing various ways that you can save your best online stuff for posterity. Some of these projects will be crafty, and some will just be good computer habits. We hope you'll come away motivated to create permanent archives of the words and images you work so hard to put out there every day.
...And we'd love to have you join in!
How do you save your online work?
What kind of portfolio are you building - online or offline?
If you blog about this subject, leave a comment on any of our Archive-Along posts over the next two weeks. We'll link to you on our Archive-Along page (which will, incidentally, be our online archive of the Archive-Along.) If you have some pictures of your archiving efforts, we'd love to have you share them in the Archive-Along Flickr group.
And, grab yourself one of these nifty blog-buttons, too! Right over here.