I have been blogging since February 2003. I started with Movable Type, and self hosted. That was hard, because every time there was an update, especially a security one, I had to stop what I was doing and update the software.
I went to @typepad when the Movable Type people came up with the service, and I pay pretty good money to keep my blogs there. I didn’t have to run updates, they had cool design tools, and it was easy. I’ve even urged other people to use it.
However, while I can export my posts, there is no utility to easily get to my data.
Now it is 2014 and there are cyber pirates hijacking sites. They suffered a DOS attack a few weeks, and I’m mad as I should have been backing up my data. I have all my other data backed up.
I also should be self-hosting right now, as I am job hunting, hosting full websites for others, and need to show off my capabilities.
So now instead of working on the new project, I’m having to deal with this.