Back that Thing Up: How to Back Up Your Blogger Blog

After my blog scare last week, I set out to find out how to export your blog (still examining hosting possibilities).  It was super simple.  Like so simple, I feel silly blogging about it.  
When you back up your blog, it saves all the content you ever had until that point.  I think I will back my blog up once a month.  It seriously takes 2 minutes, so I will just set a reminder to do it once a month.  Maybe you do once a week.  All you have to do is delete the old file and replace it with a new one.
This way, if your blog ever malfunctions, gets taken away (darn you, Blogger!), or if you want to move your blog to a new blog, you can with this file.
The file is an .xml file which is semi-encoded.  Yes, you might be able to “read” it (I put that in “” because it has lots of funny symbols and stuff…a lot like html), but it will be best if you re-upload it on a new blog.
So, how do you back up your blogger blog?
5 Easy Steps! I am using the updated Blogger interface.  If you are still on the old one, you will do the same steps, but your screen will look different.
1) First, select “settings” for the blog you want to back up.  I have two blogs (now, after the amazing disappearing blog…I started a new one to have just in case).
 2) Choose “Other”
 3) Click “Export Blog”
 4) This window pops up.  Click “Download Blog”
 5) Choose the “Save File” option.
The file will save wherever your downloads go.  My computer just dumps them in a “downloads” folder in my documents.  Maybe yours go somewhere else.  You can always search for the file name (this one is blog-08-24-2012….see above?) if you can’t locate it.
The file isn’t that big…so you can probably just save it to your computer or jump drive.  I also intend on emailing a copy to myself so I have it saved online as well.  
The file is in fancy .xml script, so it will look something like this:
To use it in the future, simply return back there and click “import blog” then select your file to import it. I haven’t imported it anywhere, but it is my understanding that the blog makes sense of it all and all your posts will reappear.  It is important to note that the URLs will be different if you import them on a new blog.  For example, currently, a blog posted here will have this URL:   If I import them on a different blog, say the new one I created it would be  This is important because any inbound links that linked to your old blog won’t link to the new one.  But at least you don’t lose any content.
It really is easy as that.  I see no reason why I can’t do this regularly.
So there you have it.  How to back up your Blogger blog. You’re welcome.


  1. Thankyouthankyouthankyou! I need to know how to do this! You may think it was silly to blog how, but I couldn’t have done it without your instructions! I am NOT computer savvy!

    Hope your blog never disappears again!

    Have a blessed day!

  2. Awesome! So thankful you posted this!!

  3. Thanks, Britt! I totally just did this as I was reading your blog! I have it saved in like 3 different places, ha! Thanks for the help 🙂

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  5. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR POSTING thIS!!!! Of course I cannot do it though!! When I click export blog and then download blog no box pops up after that. I wonder if it’s different on a MAC…..Oh goodness. I need to learn how to use a computer! Thanks girl!!!!!

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