What if Blogger is the next to die?

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You already know that I don’t trust Google anymore. I wish I did, but I don’t.

This got me thinking. What is something else that a lot of people use, that Google doesn’t make money on, that hasn’t gotten a lot of attention lately, and that Google might want to replace with Google+? Blogger.

Don’t tell me, “So many people use it that they wouldn’t kill it,” because a ton of people used Reader too.

Let’s look at solutions, not problems, though.

If I were blogging on Blogger, WordPress.com, or any of the other free services, what plan would I have in place, just in case?

1. Own my own domain name. For around $10 a year (that’s right A YEAR), you can own your own domain. I use NameCheap (affiliate link) and I think their service, price, and the fact that they don’t advertise with cleavage, makes them the clear choice.

Even if I didn’t shift hosting, I’d get a domain name and use it to redirect to my account. That way you have it already and it’s easy to tell people, “Go to myawesomewebsite.com” instead of “myawesomewebsite.blogspot.com”.

2. Do monthly backups. I’m not sure Google would kill Blogger so quickly that you couldn’t get your data, but what if your password gets stolen and your account is used for illegal activity? More often is better, but it’s worth always having a good set of data.

3. Get your own hosting. I use Westhost (affiliate), but there are tons of options. Just make sure your domain isn’t tied up with your host in case of a billing problem. I made that mistake once.

Whatever you do, have a plan, just in case. I’d hate you to lose tons of data because you didn’t.

Paul

Paul Alan Clifford, M.Div.

Paul Alan Clifford, M.Div. has been a tech volunteer with Lexington City Church (formerly Quest Community Church) in Lexington, KY since 2000 and is the founder of TrinityDigitalMedia.com, llc. He became part of the technology in ministry team when his church’s attendance was around 200 in one Sunday service and has witnessed it’s growth to a peak of 5,200 average weekly attendance in one Saturday service, four Sunday services in one online and two physical campuses. He literally wrote the book on podcasting in churches, twitter in churches, & servant-hearted volunteering, as well as writing various articles for publications like “Church Production” and “Technologies for Worship” magazines. He has thousands of members of his ProPresenter Users' Group on Facebook and thousands of subscribers to his YouTube channel.