Retrieving Your Blog After This Site Goes Dead

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.

 

http://benogden.thoughts.com/posts/please-save-you-thoughts-com-blogs-asap

 

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

 

http://benogden.thoughts.com/posts/please-try-out-the-new-site-on-thinkr-xyz

 

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

 

http://web.archive.org/web/20070819054405/http://www.thoughts.com:80/index.php

 

Here is a look at what Thoughts.com was like before that

 

http://web.archive.org/web/20050408192050/http://www.thoughts.com:80/index.jsp

 

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

http://web.archive.org/

 

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

my-blog-site-rocks-yours-sucks.xyz

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.

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Comments (18)

  1. smitty45

    I have to agree.. There have been time I;ve been quite upset with Ben,,, but in all reality,, I am glad he had Thoughts up when I decide one day 9 years ago to fire up my sisters computer and check out what blogs was all about.. I met a lot of nice people along the way. I had my bad times here, and I know it;s not an excuse but I was going thru a whole bunch in my life, and it wasn’t very good and reflected in other ways. But along the way, some people touched me and helped me cope.. I guess in a way it was therapeutic…

    September 14, 2017
    1. scarletts_letters

      I think my experience is similar, this place helped me a lot, and it was the people who did it, which is why I get annoyed at Ben. He did nothing when the trolls and the spammers arrived, he’s done nothing to help with the bugs and server problems and he’s done nothing to help us back up – or migrate our blogs. Then there are people who have gone for good, Uncle Charley, Pastor Mike and probably Queer Duck who made this place worth while. I can’t bring myself to forgive him, I’d have done it very differently.

      September 16, 2017
  2. rebecca2013

    When I try to do ANYTHING it just says sorry something happened… blah blah I can manually save but as much as I posted over the years… that just isn’t worth it…. damn it!!!!

    September 14, 2017
    1. fuall

      To be clear, you would only get what’s in YOUR blog, not everything you ever wrote. If you wrote it as a comment in someone else’s blog, it will be there, not in yours. To get that you would need to go to your comments page of your profile and follow them back manually copying and saving those blog posts and/or comments. I tried to do this but it only went back about a year before ending with a ‘page error.’

      September 14, 2017
    2. scarletts_letters

      I quit this place for good about 4 times so I manually backed up then, and I will never use that stuff again. The thing I do miss is the comments and PM’s sent to me, that I can’t do and its the only thing I do want now.

      September 16, 2017
      1. rebecca2013

        I know…. all of those will be lost… so sad

        September 17, 2017
        1. scarletts_letters

          It is, and Notathoughtgiven found a plug-in that will transfer blogs over, made an new site, installed it and tested it in 20 minutes – that gives you an idea of how little effort ben is going to. He’s a lair and lazy.

          September 17, 2017
  3. dreamshadow59

    Let me know where you are at….

    September 14, 2017
    1. scarletts_letters

      I’m still at Wordpress – we follow each other but I’ll PM you my addy.

      September 16, 2017
  4. notathoughtgiven

    Watch out it will be the zombie blogs after they go dead here :P LOL Wandering the internet looking for fresh blogs to infect :P Sounds like a good story idea

    September 15, 2017
    1. scarletts_letters

      Hahaha there’s a blog in that – too bad there is no where to post it!!

      September 16, 2017
      1. notathoughtgiven

        Well if Ben does what he does normally, Thoughts may be around for a while yet. Hey look at that I do have a zombie blog, good place to post it :P LOL

        September 16, 2017
        1. scarletts_letters

          Hey speaking of zombies – you know that Lou guy – dreamsbecomingreality – well he’s been PMing me for ages now, I think he might be as delusional as ben – maybe they are related?

          September 17, 2017
          1. notathoughtgiven

            More than likely related. Although I think Ben is the master. Took years for his delusion to start to come unraveled. Going to miss those yearly blog posts asking if their any problems with the site. :P LOL

            September 17, 2017
            1. scarletts_letters

              Hey I posted that plug-in address you found – on his how to save your blog post – oddly no reply! How surpriseful!

              September 17, 2017
          2. notathoughtgiven

            Give it a time. He is racking his brain trying to find a reason why he cannot do it.

            September 18, 2017
            1. scarletts_letters

              He is conspicuous in his absence – and we are over the week mark now.

              September 19, 2017
          3. notathoughtgiven

            I think it is misunderstanding. Time moves slower for him. Hanging out like he is by black holes. You know being the universe’s recycle collector.

            September 19, 2017