😢 It’s all gone! A writers nightmare. In 1922, Ernest Hemingway met a journalist and editor named Lincoln Steffens in Geneva, Switzerland. They connected while on assignment. Ernest was covering the Lausanne Peace Conference for his employer “The Toronto Star”. He worked for them from 1920-1924.
I was looking for the best link to describe you in my UNdeplatformable TiddlyWiki. I chose this article, as it defines your whole purpose. I love how you use Archive.today!
Redundancy comes at the cost of One True Version. I made a mess of a novelette that had been been marked up by my editor. She had left many useful comments that I mangled because I didn't understand how to use Microsoft Word properly...Luckily, I had plain text backups redunantly stored. The problem? Merging the updated file with the most recent, pre-edited version. Aieeee!
Why am I rambling about this? The edited story was posted on a website for seven years...and then the site crashed! I went to the "other" Archive folks (informally, the Wayback Machine.) I managed to pull the story but not the images. I wanted to rebuild the story with better images and better writing. So, I had to first locate my managled Word Document...
Backups are important, but so are revision histories. Software developers have github, what do we poor writers have?
Scrivener saves through Dropbox. I type everything there then post. If I make changes to the final work, I post it back to Scrivener. If anything happens, I still have all my published work.
Paul ... great tips and story (although now I have to go look up what happened to the marriage after that ;-)) would you be up for sending me an email. I have a question. firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you, Paul. Very useful 🙂
I always write in Word then copy my article on to Substack or Medium. Good tip on the Archive.today - thanks
I recently subscribed to my own newsletter with Gmail and I hadn't actually thought about using that for an archive....so thanks! I used to use the Wayback Machine (web.archive.org) to look at old web pages, but it's nice to have another option that searches AND saves! Hope you're sharing all this great info on reddit, too....and the Facebook Substack group!
Wow, that paywall tip might come in handy. I need access sometimes to a publication for research and can't just subscribe to everything. And I just tried it on the Wall Street Journal. It didn't work on the most recent paper but it did for back issues. This will definitely be worth testing further!
Hey there. I just shared your post in the Substack Writers group on reddit. I thought others might be able to use your tips. Hope you don't mind (I also swiped your image and added it there.....ask forgiveness, not permission?)
This is excellent. All of my Substack newsletters go to my Gmail account (I subscribe to my own newsletter, in other words) but this still gave me things to think about.