Podcasting and Cautionary Tale on Backups

Visiting my friend Dave Taylor’s Intuitive Life Business Blog today to read his provocative blog Why podcasts won’t help promote your business and noticed in passing that he had a link to Blogarama.

That prompted me to check my blog for my own Blogarama link and found that for some reason or none I seemed to have dropped my Blogarama link (now I remember, it was a bit of clumsy editing where I deleted several links in error ).

Anyway, as I respect Dave’s judgement about what links are more worthwhile than others, I went to the Blogarama site, where I checked to ensure my blog was still listed there. Nope. Hmmm.

Oh well, re-enter, wait for it to get approved.

Then I noticed a link ‘what happened to the Blogarama directory?’ Discovered that back in May they’d had a terminal hard disk crash and – the horror bit – 

We didn’t have a remote backup system in place (our fault) and our only backups where (sic) on the very hard disk (again our fault) that died. This resulted in a total loss of all data…

Can’t feel superior. But it’s reassuring, in a perverse kind of way, that a business with as big a profile as Blogarama can get something like data backup so wrong. Reassuring because I had the same problem myself a few months ago. The rebuilding is a painful process. Now I have a backup on another computer in our little network and also a complete backup on a remote hard disc. Through bitter experience, I have limited faith in backups on CDs.

Incidentally, Dave has some persuasive arguments for his bagging of podcasting as a business tool. My own view is a bit ‘Yes Dave, but…’ I do see value in using podcasts and, judging by the comments on Dave’s post, there is an arguable alternative view to Dave’s.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Hey Des,

    I finally figured out how to leave you a comment :O – not easy to find you to create an account!

    Anyway, living in a glass house doesn’t mean you can’t throw stones at a glass business. {:^b

    A business must be held to a higher standard than an individual. The business is deriving income from their actions (or they won’t last long) and should be protecting that source of revenue. Their lack of proper precautions means they put the livelihood of all employees and the investment of all shareholders at risk.

    If the individual loses time (or even income), they are the only ones hurt.

    Paul (take no prisioners) Dub