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Blogging for someone else, where do you stand?

by admin on April 19th, 2006

Well since Scrivs has been far too busy to provide an SQL dump of my posts here on WorkBoxers, I ask the community, what should you do?

What do you do when you ask for a backup of all your posts and comments .. and while replies from your blogging host seem positive, they never deliver? Do you forget about it and move on, or persist?

For those that are blogging for a network and don’t have full control over your blog, I highly recommend you find out where you stand. If you wanted to move away, will your blog host allow you to take your articles elsewhere? It’s a tricky situation that may not end up in your favour.

My new site awaits .. awaits for Scrivs to deliver!

POSTED IN: Personal Thoughts

12 opinions for Blogging for someone else, where do you stand?

  • Derek Lakin
    Apr 19, 2006 at 6:29 am

    At least I’m not the only one Scrivs isn’t communicating with atm :P

  • Jamsi
    Apr 19, 2006 at 7:06 am

    haha, Hi Derek. I’m guessing billsbaby is in the same kettle of fish as WorkBoxers eh? Maybe this post will draw some attention :)

  • Paul
    Apr 19, 2006 at 7:11 am

    Can’t you use one of the backup plugins for WordPress to export your posts instead? Obviously an SQL dump might be better but if you’re having troubles getting that then it might be worth trying other options.

  • Bill
    Apr 19, 2006 at 7:14 am

    Not sure calling the host out in public is productive.

  • Jamsi
    Apr 19, 2006 at 7:42 am

    I’m sure I could Paul, if the plugin was installed …

  • Darren
    Apr 19, 2006 at 8:25 am

    challenge him to a dance off - winner takes the content! He seems to have time for dancing these days :-)

  • Matt
    Apr 20, 2006 at 12:02 am

    I posted about this over at



  • Yuga
    Apr 20, 2006 at 5:33 am


    If your new blog also runs WP2, you can use the Import utility to get the posts and comments via RSS.

  • blogHelper » One Reason Why I Wouldn’t Want To Blog For A Network
    Apr 20, 2006 at 3:31 pm

    […] That’s right. When you’re part of a network, most of the time, you have zero access to the nitty gritty (but critical) parts of your blogging platform and hosting server. And what does that mean? Well, if a post over at Workboxers is true, it means that you have no way of getting a backup of your posts when you do want to jump ship. This means that you have to plead, beg and scream in an attempt to get someone who does have access to get things done for you. […]

  • Jamsi
    Apr 28, 2006 at 12:52 am


    Good idea!

    I have tried that method, however it won’t pull in comments, only posts. I wish to copy comments as well :(

  • Yuga
    Apr 28, 2006 at 6:16 am

    I haven’t encountered a script or plugin that can do that (include the comments as well), except maybe the default WP DB Backup plugin but since you don’t have access to the hosting account, can’t think of any other way around.

  • Anthony
    May 1, 2006 at 9:56 am

    Copy and paste?

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