Rev. Dr. Monte Canfield

Rev. Dr. Monte Canfield
Newcomerstown, Ohio, USA
December 28
Rev. Dr. Monte Canfield
Retired Protestant Pastor and Theologian, credentialed in the United Church of Christ; licensed by the Moravian Church . Education: BA, MA, M.Div, Thd. Public Service: NY State Office of Executive Development, Management Intern; Federal Exec. Branch: Executive Office of the President, Budget Examiner, Bureau of the Budget; Interior, Director of Energy and Minerals, Bureau of Land Management; Non Profit: Ford Foundation, Deputy Director, Energy Policy Project; Congressional: Director, Office of Special Projects; Director, Division of Energy and Materials, General Accounting Office. Private industry: Vice President, Grow Group, Inc.; Chief Executive Officer, US Paint; Owner, the Energy Center, St. Louis. Christian service: Pastor, First Congregational UCC, Ottawa, Illinois; Pastor, St. Paul's UCC, Port Washington, Ohio; Pastor, Moravian Church, Gnadenhutten, Ohio. Interim Pastor, the Baltic Parish UCC, Baltic, Ohio; starting 08 2014: Interim Pastor, St. John UCC, Strasburg, OH


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DECEMBER 4, 2010 4:26PM

Backing Up Your Posts/Comments to New Site is Easy

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I haven't spent much, hardly any, time here lately, but there seems to be a bit of panic going on, again, on OS. This time its what happens if Salon.com sells out, folds, etc. It could happen, but does not look very imminent.

 I wondered about what would happen to my stuff when a similar panic hit shortly after I came on OS. (To my recollection this is the third such panic since I came here in October, 2008). So, in addition to keeping back up files on my computer of everything I post, I decided to set up a "mirror blog" on Google's Blogspot. (Used to be known as Blogger.)

I was more concerned with keeping the formating, the pics, vids, links, etc. than just the content since it is time consuming to set up a post anywhere.

I chose Google's Blogspot over the many other available free spots to start a blog simply because I am lazy and Blogspot does almost all the work for you. They have templates you can choose from to set up the blog in any style you want, and step by step instructions about adding content.

In any case, once you have set up your account, chosen a format, and set up your blog name, etc. here is all you have to do to move content to Blogspot.

Open your Blogspot blog in one tab. In the Blogger "Dashboard" click on "New Post." That will open a window to allow you to add content.

Now, Open your Open Salon Blog in another tab and go to a given post on OS that you want to copy to Blogspot.

Right click and hold down the mouse key to highlight the post, including title, comments, etc. that you want. (You can edit out any ads, and miscellaneous stuff you don't want.) Left click the mouse and select "copy."

Then dump the copied material, pics, videos, etc. and all into the Blogspot window. (Left click the mouse and select "Paste."

Move the Title up to the title box in Blogspot. Move the "tags" into the "labels" box on Blogspot. And clean up any miscellaneous stuff that you don't want moved into Blogspot.

Click "Preview" and take a look at what you have. Edit that if necessary.

 When you are satisfied it looks OK, Click on "Publish Post." You are done.

(You can edit the post further at any time, or delete it entirely.)

That's it. Several of our OS friends have started doing this and many of them have Blogger accounts. You can follow their blogs there just the way you can here, and you can send notices of your posts, etc.

 Take a look at my Blogger "Mirror Site" to get an idea what it could look like, although there are MANY options how to set up your own blog using the templates.


If you have any questions let me know in the comments and I will try to walk you through any issues with doing this.





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Useful information, Monte. I've saved all my work to a hard drive and to other storage media. It has never occurred to me to start a blog elsewhere. Well ... I don't write enough online to be considered a blogger anyway.

It is very good, however, to see you again. I hope, perhaps in the new year, perhaps sooner, that you'll start writing on here again. Of course, it was the motorcycling posts that originally got me hooked (and you've yet to tell us about bass fishing in New York City), but there's been so much other material that has been fascinating -- and informative.
Thank-you! I think I may follow your lead, or at least check into it.

What a blessing, from one lazy guy to another!

What people don't understand is:
nothing is ever lost, no word,
no thought,
no touch.

Yet it is human to wish to preserve ourselves...
as evidence that indeed, we were once HERE...
we are always here...
the cosmos is not
gonna sell out to the highest bidder anytime soon...
and anyway they say it'll bounce back & give us another big bang
chance, maybe..

what we fear is that vast horrifying picture the scientists
have given us in their sincere study: a cosmos
drifting to infinity, to heat-death...
every piece of matter spread out forever!

matter doesnt matter though.
You do, Monty...keep the heat and anti-entropy coming

blessings back
This looks very good, Monte. Thanks so much for your help!
Thanks, Monte. Your blog is nicely done and I'm glad to have a link now. You go in the OS link book!

We miss you and hope that you will be back here more!
Great idea, I have a blogspot blog and was thinking of cutting and pasting but I would miss the comments.
Thank you so much.
rated with love
Blessings to you, Monte. This is great information.
I didn't need to do any of that. The Library of Congress downloaded all my posts so that they'll live for posterity.
Thank you, Sir. I came here from Blogpost because there was no interaction there. I hope we don't vanish, but if we do, see you back there. ~R
Fortunately, mine here is just fed from the one I've written since 2003. I would never have a blog primarily hosted by a site that could go any time.

Good advice though for those who started theirs here.
I set mine up and will work on moving stuff when I get the time. Thank you so much for the help.
If you look sometimes you can "Import Blog" which will (it gets hacked up a little but it usually works) just take an entire blog and copy it onto another piece of blogging software, like BlogSpot for example.
thank you, monte! like the look of your blogspot site. :)
Thanks for the comments everyone.

You CAN import the OS comments along with the post.

As for Importing the blog as a whole, I tried but had no real luck doing it, but likely was doing something wrong. But what I got was so garbled, dropped so many of the pics, links, etc. that I just decided to do it piece by piece.

If you know, PL, how to do it so that you get the actual posts, in order, as separate posts, formatted, with links, pics, vids etc., and not all the other garbage and confusion which would take me weeks to sort out, it would be very helpful for you to explain how to do it right. It could save a lot of work. I just could not get the formatting to be preserved or to get it where the individual posts were useful.

But then again, I could never get the RSS feeds here to import anything that was acceptable as an actual blog post either. But it is likely I just don't know how to tweak the systems.

Thanks everybody.

Thanks for the tip, Monte.
I myself have a new space elsewhere as well.
We all gotta make new spaces in case the worst happens,
i guess...but wouldnt it be nice to be in a spaceplace
where no corporate (vs.incorporate)
entity would dare to ruin our fun?

Matter is evil, though. You know that from your
Gnostic days. Ha. Huh.
Weak humor, if the world will soon end.

(appropritate though: impending end of creation\
and hope to preserve it..yikes)
Thanks for the info, Monte. I'll give it a try.
Appreciated. I think your readers will do well to save yours perhaps more than their own.
Thanks Monte. I began using Blogger in 2009, then got lazy. When I saw the recent posts on this topic, I was reminded to begin posting again in my backup blog. The only problem is I don't see a way to Archive by date. It appears that each post has to have the current date. Is that how you see it also? Thanks for your post.
Thanks, Monte, I may give it a try.
Thanks for the additional comments, everyone.

Scupper: you are right. What I did when I was setting up was to do them in order, oldest first, etc. and indicate at the top of the post: "Originally posted on Open Salon, (_____date________)" That at least got them in the order I wrote them. Then, once I had the base of posts installed on my mirror blog, every time I post here I put that post into Blogspot/Blogger, maintaining the order they were first posted here.

I've tried this blog also Monte, and I find it to work for me. It's not as comment-friendly as OS, but has potential after the wrinkles are worked out

Bob: I tried to leave a comment on your mirror Blogger blog and could not. Will try again later. Meanwhile, I thought the essay was very good.

this is a much better system than my current one (copy and paste into microsoft word)...some of the pics and comments don't stick or they are jibberish...

thanks Monte!
I have several blogger blogs for different purposes. The great thing about Open Salon is that it is a blogger community. But ....one could make blogspot into a community just by finding our friends and following their comments. I have noticed that not everyone puts a follow widget into their blogger blog though. Love ya Monte.
Thanks, Monte! Like some others have mentioned here, I had my Blogger account first (where I never got a comment), then discovered that I could "feed" my Blogger blog over here to OS with just a click.

What it means is that I originally write on Blogger, then come over to OS, go to "my accounts," then "manage feeds," and then just be sure that the new post is checked off for it to be posted here as well.

It sounds more complicated than it is, but like you, I like the idea that my blog is backed up somewhere. Thanks for sharing your ideas. They work just as well.
Good points and warning to all. it would be a shame to lose all the work one puts into this.