This week I discovered one of my guest blog posts on another site had gone the way of all flesh: carrion.
It was a post I'd worked long and hard on. It was a topic I wanted to reference again, here on this blog, and link to the earlier post.
Gone baby gone.
Given my recent mail management snafu, I was not hopeful that I'd saved the draft of the post.
But I had.
Thank all deities, large and small, I'd not only saved the final draft, I saved it with a title that was searchable (ie not Draft 2000 for L)
I'd saved it as the title of the post.
I was so happy to have found it I might have yipped out loud.
What does this mean for you? A lot of you write guest blog posts when you promote your books. Make sure you keep the final, edited version, and you keep it a file you can search again.
Same if you publish short stories. The version you send to the editor may not be the exact version that's published. Make sure you keep the FINAL published version, and NOT just as a PDF but one that is copy-and-pasteable.
And you might keep a list of links you use to send people to your work, and test them periodically. I have no idea how long the link I'd posted here back in 2012 went to a dead site. Hopefully not long, but probably long enough that one or two people didn't see the post they were looking for.