Wednesday, May 14, 2014

How to Keep Your Blog

[Note: this strategy isn't working for everybody. The Tech folks will keep trying to figure out how you can keep your blogs, so stay tuned.]

I mentioned the other day that you can keep your blog even after you graduate, and even after your school email disappears or ceases to work. Here are the directions. 

1. Make sure you have a gmail account that is not associated with school. Go into your blogger settings under "Basic" and in the "Blog Authors" section, click on the "+Add authors" link.

2. Then, add that other email as an author. You have to click the "Invite authors" tab--that will send an email invitation to that email.

3. Go into that other email account, and accept the invitation. It might actually take awhile for the invitation to be sent to your email, so be patient.
4. Once you accept the email, then that new email address should show up in your "Blog authors" list. When that happens, then you can edit the "Admin" status of the authors, to make that new email address the administrator of your blog.  Once you do that, then you can maintain control of and access to your blog indefinitely, via that email address.  

This is what the complete process looks like. Thanks to Pierce for the image! 

When you reach this stage, or at least after graduation, it might be a good idea to make your school email address only an author and no longer an administrator.  
You can also export your blog into another blogging platform by using the "export" function in the settings.  That feature will create an XML file of all your blog content which you can then import into another blogging service.

I hope this helps!

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