In an eariler post today I mentioned that I had authored a corporate blog for Bacon’s Information a couple years ago, a blog that was uncerimoniously deleted when I left there.
A little later I got an IM from Rick Klau, who works at Google, telling me how I can correct my own stupidity. So if you’ve ever accidently deleted a blog (and you used FeedBurner for RSS management) and need to retrieve that content here’s how to do it:
- If you remember the RSS URL, plug that into Google Reader (I’m not sure this works with other RSS readers). If you don’t remember the URL, hit Archive.org and see if you can find an archived version of your blog that contains the RSS chicklet or URL. That’s what I had to do.
- Reader will show “No New Items” but don’t freak out – Just click the “All Items” button and you’ll see everything that’s available for that feed.
- “J” through all your items, reminiscing over how bad a writer you were just three years ago.
- Copy/paste all those posts into a WordPress or Blogger blog, even if it’s one you want to keep hidden and then export the content into a backup file.
- There is no spoon fifth step.
Can’t thank Rick enough for helping me out here. Keep this in mind if you’re ever wanting to retrieve content from a former blog.