Monday, May 2, 2016

Backing up Your Blogger Images

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In a couple recent posts, I've covered how to backup your blog in Blogger. The problem is, this gives you an XML file containing all the text of your posts, however, you get none of the images. So what about images? There is a lot of dated and flat out incomplete information on this around the Internet. And since a lot of my posts will be of no use without the screenshots that accompany the text, I for one care about backing up my images as well.

What you need to do to get to your images is to go to Picasa Web Albums. On this page, you'll see "My Recent Albums." One of those albums will be titled the name of your blog, and in it will be all of the images that appear in your blog posts. If you have more than one blog under this Google account, you'll see folders for each of your blogs. Unfortunately, they're all in one big folder, in the order that they were uploaded to your blog. So if you're like me and don't always finish one post before moving on to another, you may find that they are disorganized to some extent.  

Everything I've read so far stated that everything in Picasa would transfer automatically over to Google Photos, but that is not the case in my Google account.  So what to do, since Picasa is being retired? The Picasa API's are deprecated, and none of the "Picasa Image Downloaders" that I tried appear to work any longer.

Since my collection on Picasa is just a few sets of screenshots, it wasn't a big deal for me to go through my blog post by post and save the images using DownloadThemAll, a great addon for Firefox.  But what about those with hundreds, or even thousands, of images?


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