Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Deplatforming: WWJD

Jesus and Satan had an argument as to who is the better programmer. This went on for many hours until they come to an agreement to hold a contest, with God as the judge.

They sat down in front of their computers and began. They typed furiously, lines of code streaming up the screen, for several hours straight. Seconds before the end of the competition, a bolt of lightning struck, taking out the electricity. Moments later, the power was restored, and God announced that the contest is over.

He asked Satan to show what he has come up with. Satan is visibly upset, and cried, "I have nothing. I lost it all when the power went out."

"Very well, then," said God, "let us see if Jesus fared any better."
Jesus entered a command, and the screen came to life in vivid display, the voices of an angelic choir pour forth from the speakers. Satan was astonished.

Satan stuttered, "B-b-but how? I lost everything, yet Jesus' program is intact. How did he do it?"

God smiled all-knowingly, "Jesus saves."
Given the history of various social media platforms deplatforming people who express dissenting political views, it might be wise to save your blog posts to a back-up media like a thumb drive.

The following pictures show the path to accomplish that for the Blogger (.blogspot.) platform.

This is what the "Posts" screen in Blogger looks like.  We are interested in the left column and the Settings button.

Clicking on the Settings button expands it.  Then click on "Other"
That pop-up menu has a section called Import and back up.  Look for a button that reads "Back up Content"
Selecting the button "Back up Content" opens a window that looks like this with a button that reads "Save to your computer".
Selecting that button opens yet another pop-up window that looks like this.  Please note that this is an image and pushing the button shown in the image will not back up your blog.  You must follow the steps from the Blogger website.
After that, it should be pretty straightforward.

You will not get the pictures but you will get the text and some of the formatting.

The files might be large for somebody who is a prolific blogger.  The ERJ blog XML file was 33 megs.

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