I know, it’s kind of a “duh” post. But seriously, back your files up! Lots of us are left to mourn lost work because computers burp or have an all-out heart attack and keel over. If pieces of your heart, soul, and mind are saved on a single piece of electronic equipment, you could lose them at any time.
So this morning, I’m taking twenty minutes to copy all of my files to a thumb drive. And then I’m going to tuck it into my fire-safe box. (I thought of this ingenious hiding place after leaving my coffee maker on all day and realizing it could have torched my house….and my work…while I was out!!)
You can also save files to Dropbox for free. Dropbox is super-duper for file-sharing, and the great news is that if you save a document to Dropbox, you’ll automatically have your files saved both to your computer AND Dropbox. So all updates/re-writes/additions are saved in two places.
Some writers prefer to e-mail documents to themselves regularly. This is great, too, especially if you have Yahoo or Gmail, which you can access anywhere.
Have you ever had an electronic catastrophe and lost work? How do you keep your work secure?