It was Oscar Wilde, who received the credit for this witticism:
"Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes".
Without harping too much on the tragedy of Saturday, and it was a tragedy, having my Google Account disabled - even for three days. The experience was worthwhile, though painful, as I learned some very important things. I will list them here for your perusal, and hope that you may gain benefit, from my mistakes.
When I say, my mistakes, I mean gullibility, from my over-trusting nature, my in-experience with a giant Internet icon, like Google, the ramifications of the said crash of an email carrier (presuming it was a crash, as no explanation has been given to, or seen by, me), and basic house-keeping rules, which I ignored, due to my sloth.
This is what I gleaned from my 3 days in Laptop Limbo, or Account Alcatraz. I'm sure I'll think of some more one day ...
Never have just one email / Google account, as Admin on your blog. Have, preferably, more than one, and from different carriers, such as:
- 1 x Google (say, Gmail),
- 1 x Yahoo, and
- 1, or more, from other sources (in my case, a friend, and a daughter).
That way, if your GMail account is disabled, and hopefully, your blogs are still viewable, you can simply log-in via another account and continue blogging. OK, this could be a different story if the blog is disabled, for SPAM, for instance, but in general, it will assist you through the troubled times.
Another reason is so that if you, (ahem) 'accidentally' do anything wrong, like delete an account, you still have control of your blog.
REMEMBER: Kill the Account - Kill the Blog!
Never have all your Email Contacts on just one email account! Save a CSV file to your computer. This is easy to achieve via Exporting your contacts.
When your email account is also your Google / Blogger account, you are really lost if your email contacts are disabled, too.
Always have a back-up copy of your Template, no older than a week, or two, saved to your computer, as well! This, I feel, is essential in the event that many things happen. I routinely make a back-up copy fortnightly, and every time I work in the Template - before and after.
If your blog is disabled, you have only to create another blog, on a different account, and upload the back-up copy of the Template, calling it something else. Naturally, this will cause a few extra headaches for you, but they are better than losing ALL your work! Perhaps, even a back-up copy of your .xml export file, if you are fastidious enough to keep one - updated, of course. I do.
Have a back-up copy of your blog in HTTracker, as well. This very handy program will make an identical copy of your blog. I don't remember everything I added to my blogs, and where I placed gadgets, colors etc. HTTracker will copy it and let you see what's what! Well worth the effort, because there's no expense - it's FREE!
I think I am going to Follow my favourite blogs with two, or three accounts, from now on. If you lose your blog, as I did, or worse, all the blogs you are Following, and the list of those blogs, will be gone, too! Now, if you Follow all blogs with different IDs, you'll still have them. I'm sorry if that inflates people's figures, but I'm sure they'd rather have their numbers going north, than south!
One nasty thing I noticed was a message pop-up, when I went to re-Follow a couple of blogs over the last 3 days; "The owner of this blog has barred you from joining", or some such wording! It made me feel uncomfortable, and I think it was only a by-product of the account disablement.
I now have an elevated sense of empathy for those bloggers I see in the Forum, with genuine blog problems.