For those that do not know because they don't follow the site owner's blog. Thoughts.com will be shutdown in the next month and being replaced with a new site. Don't believe me then read what the site owner Ben says in his own blog and his comments to me.
I quote from his reply to my comment on that post
we now have a new site up and running at http://thinkr.xyz – please sign up and try it out, thanks! thoughts.com will be going offline within one month (possibly less), no concrete date has been set quite yet.
From this post
Moving over all of the blogs to the new site has turned out to be complicated. At this time I don't think that we will be able to move blogs and content to the new site. If you have not already done so, please download your thoughts.com blogs now so you have a copy of all of your posts and blogs from thoughts.com. Once the servers are canceled the current version of thoughts.com will no longer be supported so please back up your content now.
You can read his instructions for downloading your blog, but let me tell you its a waste of time. The format of the file that is downloaded makes it pretty useless as a way to save your posts.
You can manually save your posts by going to each post in your blog then copying and pasting. Which if you are an active blogger here with a lot of posts is very time consuming. There exists another way to archive your posts and that is the Internet Archive.
The Internet Archive is a website that keeps an archive of websites on the Internet. What to see what Thoughts.com looked like when it first open. Then have a look at this link
Here is a look at what Thoughts.com was like before that
So it is possible that the Internet Archive has a copy of your blog posts store there. If they do have posts for your blog, it still means you have to copy and paste to save them from there. But you can do so at your leisure. Since what is at the Internet Archive will be there long away after Thoughts.com is gone.
So how do you find your blog posts at the Internet Archive? First you need the home address of your blog. To find that out do the following
1.) Click your username in the top right hand of the page
2.) Click "My Blogs"
3.) You will see a list of your blogs on Thoughts.com. Under the title of the blog will be the home address of your blog. Copy that down.
Now go to the Internet Archive at this link
In the box that says "Enter the URL", type in the home address of your blog and then press enter.
You will now see a calendar with blue dots on it hopefully. The blue dots indicate when the Internet Archive was at your blog archiving it. Best place to start is the latest date they have. So find that and click on that blue dot.
Now you will see your blog as the Internet Archive archived on that date. The links you see for your posts there work. So you can click on them and see the post.
The Internet Archive is a bit of hit and miss thing. So I would not say they have archived your blog there. But if they have then you can take your time copy and pasting posts there instead of rushing around here trying to save them before Ben decides to shutdown Thoughts.com
Well the end of era has come. An era that started with me posting my first ever blog post on the Internet here. Nervous and scared of what people would think and ends with me not giving a fuck to be honest.
In between there has been good and bad times. Sharing myself and reading what other people have shared here made for some good friends that mean a lot to me. That is what I will leave this place thinking about. Not the negative or bad times, but that sharing and friends.
Whatever else I think of Ben, I do thank him for creating Thoughts.com and allowing that to happen. But its time to part ways and create my own blogging site. Except I will be a little bit more imaginitive with the address of my blog site. Something like
As the dolphins said as they left Planet Earth
"So long, and Thanks for all the Fish"
Like the lady said - when it all goes dead you can still access your blogs.