Blogger: no revisions when drafting a post – lost an article

EDIT 2014-12-15: In the meantime I moved to WordPress on a dedicated site with all articles. I keep this one as a warning.

I was just about to finish an article (not this one) when I lost everything I wrote. Here is what I did:

I’m using Chrome to post and edit blog-articles.

  1. I switch to HTML-view to add an image – because the “insert image”-button didn’t work.
  2. I forgot to close the quotation mark for the value of the src-attribute.
  3. I saw that only when switching back to the Compose-view.
  4. I switched back to HTML-view and saw that now all HTML-tags where escaped and the characters were transformed to entities.
  5. I clicked undo until I reached a version which was OK. I clicked again undo by error. The textarea become blank.
  6. I clicked redo, still blank.
  7. I closed the TAB before autosave happens
  8. It had happened.
Result: text is lost. Luckily I started the text in an offline editor – so I still have an early draft.
Conclusion: WebApps, Cloud and things like this are still a risky way of doing things as long as the interface is a generic application like the browser. Even in 2014. Even with Chrome. Happy new year.

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