Saturday, April 30, 2011

The Terror of HTML Errors

Maybe you've noticed the angry black and yellow exclamation point at the bottom of this blog. It appeared some time last week. I clicked on it and read the message about the HTML error I'd recently created in one of my posts. None of this came as a surprise. I'd had trouble with the spacing in a few posts and foolhardily fiddled with the HTML in an attempt to fix it. This, my friends, was my downfall. I'm so technologically impaired that it's a wonder I can even run a blog, let alone edit code. For example, I never understand why my posts sometimes come out with such weird-looking formatting. The other day things were so bad that my Etsy mini icon, profile, and tags disappeared from the left-hand side of the page only to reappear, centered, at the bottom. It was a mess. After (much) more fiddling I corrected it. Still, the dreaded exclamation point remains.

So, if this site spontaneously self-destructs, then at least you'll know why. I've read that it's a good idea to back up your blog. I'm not sure what this means (how does one back up a Web site?), but I'm spooked enough to remember that episode of Sex and the City where Carrie sees the Sad Mac on her screen and loses all her files and everyone keeps asking her, "didn't you back everything up?", and she keeps having to say, "no," all ashamed. I think I once tried to save the blog site content to a CD. Maybe that would be a good (albeit unsophisticated) idea. Wish me luck.


Jewel Divas said...

No sure how to back up blog posts, Blogger for Dummies might be a good book to start with.

I generally don't fiddle with things as most times it's the internets fault. The creators of Blogger are always fiddling with it anyway so most of the time it's their fault.

As for backing up your own stuff, I use a small 4gb flash drive. You can keep your pics, documents etc from your pc on it. That way, if your pc does fall apart, you've got it updated with everything.

The Tote Trove said...

Thanks so much. I will try that.