Tumblr Backups

I thought I’d share my experience with two tumblr back-up options: TumblThree, and tumblr’s internal export command. (Once again, the latter can be reached by going to settings, clicking your blogs name on the right, then scrolling to the bottom of the page.) First, TumblThree. It gets the job done. It’s actually a tad buggy, it’s has frozen up or otherwise misbehaved a couple times, but with a little persistence I’ll do what you need. A few tips:

  • When adding a blog, you need to write the whole URL, like http://nudeworldordernet.tumblr.com/ (not https, BTW).
  • If you’re into captioned pics, you probably want to turn on “download image meta”, so it saves the text that goes with each image. You can do that either in the settings before you add blogs, or turn it on for each blog in the details pane on the right, after adding them.
  • The format text gets downloaded in kinda sucks. But at least everything’s there.

For the build-in export option, the number one thing you need to know is that it’s slow. Slower than you’re thinking. No, slower than that. It takes days to process. And I tested it on my little emergency blog that has hardly any content. (Probably that means it’s first-come-first serve and a ton of people are using it, for obvious reasons, but it’s still kind of ridiculous.) Anyway, you click the export button and it’ll say “Backup Processing…”, then a few days later you get an email that your backup is ready and you can do download it. So that’s the big downside. Well that and the fact you can only use it on your own blog of course. But on the positive side, text is saved in a more readable format, and it can download things TumblThree can’t, such as draft posts and conversations from the Messaging feature. The last weird little thing is the archive comes as a zip file, but at first glance it appeared to be empty despite it’s 5MB (in my case) size. I don’t know what the heck is up with that, but if that happens to you, try opening it with 7Zip, that worked for me.

So bottomline, both have pluses and minuses, so I’d suggest backing up your own blog using both, and turning TumblThree loose on any other adult blogs you’d you’d like to save the content of. I’ve saved over 100GB of nudity over the last few days, which is insane, but are you gonna do, eh? Anyway, if you’re thinking of doing this, don’t wait. TumblThree will be useless after the 17th. I think tumblr intends to initially only hide (not delete) adult content so tumblr’s internal export function should still work, but why risk it? If you’ve got a blog you care about, start the export process now.

As long as I’m at it, here’s a big list of tumblr-alternatives. Seem pretty complete. Although they didn’t mention my own solution of paying for a host and running your own WordPress blog (not the same as wordpress.com).

WordPress 5.0

WordPress is bugging me to update, and it sounds like a major change. I’m holding off for the moment while investigate the ramifications, but it’s probably something I’ll have to do sooner or later. I mention this because 1) if anyone more knowledgeable than I about WordPress has any advice it would be much appreciated and 2) worst case scenario the site could go down for a while if things go sideways. Not likely, but just in case, I wanted to give you all a heads-up. Should that happen, don’t panic, I’ll be working hard to put it back together.

Porngeddon is Coming

RIP Tumblr.

So apparently as of Dec 17, Tumblr will no longer allow adult content. Sure makes me glad I went and set up my own site when I did. I’m hardly an expert or anything, but if anyone wants advice on setting up their own site, feel free to contact me. Maybe we could set up a loose confederation of tumblr exiles or something.

Tumblr says they will give people a chance to move their stuff (a chance I never got, but thankfully I’d made my own backups), but for anyone still there, I think it would be wise to back up your adult blog now. One tool that I’m aware of is TumblThree. That might be useful for saving content from other people’s blogs too. For your own blog, Tumblr also has a built-in export feature, which you can access by going to settings, clicking the name of your blog (even if you have only one) can scrolling to the bottom. It’s also possible to import a tumblr blog from a WordPress one, though I haven’t done this myself.

Well this is random…

Just thought I’d take a moment to highlight the Random link (also conveniently located in the bar just under the heading, or by tapping “Site Navigation” on mobile). If you’re a big fan, you might even want to drag it to your bookmarks.

Since this new blog has been up for over a year now, there’s a decent back catalog and even if you’ve been with me that whole time chances are there are some great ones you don’t really remember. Using Random is fun way to find some captions you might have missed and revisit old favorites too. I don’t keep statistics on this kind of thing, so I really have no idea how often people use Random, but if you don’t already, why not hit it a few times?

All About Nudity is down

Over the weekend I noticed all About Nudity, the site where I posted some of my old stories, was down. I just get “403 Error. Forbidden.” Hadn’t checked it for a while so I’m not sure how long it’s been down.

I mention this mainly in the hope that the webmaster will get in touch and let me know what’s up. If that happens I’ll pass it on.

Connection Trouble

Been having a little trouble accessing the site today. I’m sure it’s just the usual issue with my cheap web host being… cheap. I’ll get in touch with tech support if it doesn’t resolve within a day or two. Past experience suggests they’ll fix it sooner or later, but contacting them won’t really make too much difference.

If it happens to you, just be patient and try again in a few minutes.

Tumblr Archive

Remember how I made all the stuff from the old Tumblr blog available to download as an archive?

Well I thought I did that anyway. It turns out I goofed up to an incredible degree and somehow this went unnoticed for over a year. Most of the submissions were there, but all of my #original captions were missing! Instead I included just a handful of pictures, which were the ones I had finished but not posted yet. A simple matter of copying the wrong folder I guess, but considering the size difference, 20-some vs. over a thousand, it’s amazing that I neither noticed myself nor got called out on it. Ah well. Anyone interested can now download the missing pictures. You’ve got a few options:

Complete archive on Mega. Or just the missing files.

Alternatively, you can get it as a torrent (magnet link). If anyone was seeding the old version, first, thanks I appreciate it, second I’d be even more grateful if you start seeding the new one. Your call whether it’s worth leaving the incomplete archive available too, but I’m inclined to think it can be disposed of.

Links Page

I’ve added a links page to the top menu. Haven’t put too much on it yet, I mainly wanted to get a permanent link to All About Nudity up someplace now they they’re hosting some of my stories. Incidentally, did anyone spot the reference in the last post?

And I’m open to suggestions for other site to include in the links if anyone has any.

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