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Not that you are going to want to hear this right now...

With server based software you should always compose your posts in a medium where you can save locally so you keep a copy if things get screwy. Use notepad or your word processor.

Then when you are finished cut and paste into your web software. Gmail is currently one of the few web services that autosaves drafts while you type. The downside is that Google is keepeing a copy of everything you do while you use it, and you have no inherent rights with what they do with your data at the moment.

Once you get through the shock and anger at Typepad you will find you remember most of the details of your most recent writing. You may want to yell at the Typepad authors and demand they create an autosaving feature with local cache.

velvet goldmine

On the episode, your blog would be cleverly disguised as


I agree with patience (the person, not the state of being). I compose everything in EditPad (a slightly jazzed-up version of Notepad) and c&p into MT. That way I have an archived copy even before it gets into the blog.

Maro Cassimatis

Just saw this post - very glad you found my quotation and that it was helpful. (That blogspot is a note-taking spot for me, and the notes are in large part quotations -- it's my online version of underlining in a book while reading. I have wondered whether this could bother the authors whose words I cut & paste... I hope not. So, thanks, I'm glad to read that you appreciated the quotation as a shoutout.)
If there's actually a particular sentence that you are almost-recalling, a possible gem, and you can say what it was about, maybe I'll remember. The cut & pasting I do helps me to read in a such a way that the sentences stay in my mind for a bit..
And, hmmm, as you reconstructed, you added some all-new sentences too, right? About Bartlett vs Clinton? I like this turn: "no other woman and his wife". I'm enjoying your writing on the whole and will probably start reading this site regularly.

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