When your blog is your primary business it is important that you know it is safe. If a disaster was to strike do you have the measures in place to ensure your blog is not lost in the process? Every business has a disaster recovery plan and your blog should be no exception. The difference is that the types of disaster you will be protecting against may be different than someone that has a brick and mortar business. In order to develop the right disaster recovery plan for your blog, you need to assess a few things.
The first thing you want to do is determine what exactly makes up your critical data. This is the information that you do not want to lose at any time. Obviously your posts would constitute critical data. Without your posts, your blog is fairly non-existent. The same is true of your comments. What else do you have on your blog that is critical? Do you have photos? Videos? Are there forms that you have made up? Think of everything from links that take visitors to outside sources to your email list and write them down. These are the things you cannot afford to lose if disaster strikes.
Once you have accounted for your data, it is time to determine what threats may face your blog. This is when you sit and decide what could potentially happen that could destroy your business. Everything from a server failure through your hosting to being hacked by someone else could alter your blog and affect your business. The only way to truly protect against these disasters is to understand what might occur and how it might happen. Make a list of these things as well so you can come up with a plan.
Now that you know what you want to save and what you might have to save it from, it is time to make your plan. At this point you will need to come up with solutions that will prevent these potential threats from destroying your blog. One of the most common things to do is backup all data and important information. This should be done regularly. However, you also want to create a plan to recover should these problems occur. What will you do? How will you get your blog back up and running quickly so that you do not lose business and income? These are all things that should be planned. Make sure anyone that works with you is aware of the plan and knows what to do should the unthinkable happen.
The fact is that you may go the life of your blog with no disasters. You simply need to prepare yourself so that should a disaster occur it will not completely destroy your business. Creating a disaster recovery plan is a typical part of running a business. Every owner has to do this because every business depends on it. Without it, a small disaster could mean the end of the income you have worked so hard to build.