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Wrote bout 1500 words and lost it!

  1. Hi there,
    I signed into wordpress as normal then clicked on the 'new post' tab at the top.
    I wrote a lot and it took me aaages. Then I clicked on a different tab, went back and it had all gone.
    Is there any way to get it back?
    Thanks

    The blog I need help with is lukiej.wordpress.com.

  2. If were using the "Add New" on the main page for wordpress.com here http://wordpress.com/#!/post/ then the draft is lost and cannot be recovered. That link is only for creating "Asides":

    Aside – These are brief snippets of text that aren’t quite whole blog posts. Useful for quick thoughts and anecdotes http://en.support.wordpress.com/posts/post-formats/

    But if you created the post on your own dashboard there may be a happy ending. http://lukiej.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post-new.php

    Go to Posts > All Posts, hover over the title of the post, click Edit and check the Post Revisions module for previous saved versions of the post.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/posts/post-revisions/

    If you're not seeing the Revisions module while on the editor screen, click Screen Options (top right corner of your Admin page) http://en.support.wordpress.com/screen-options/ to activate it. Then select the post and page modules to include them. http://en.support.wordpress.com/modules/#list-of-modules Then you ought to be able to go here > Dashboard > All Posts > Posts and locate the post and recover it from post revisions.

    If you cannot locate the post for locating and restoring a post revision, and it's not in your Trash folder http://en.support.wordpress.com/trash/ then you will not be able to recover it. http://en.support.wordpress.com/trash/#restoring-from-trash

    Advice:
    Create posts and pages on your own blog's dashboard.
    When you start a new post, add the title, set it to private and then publish it. When you are done with the post edit it to update it and set it back to publish. The other choice is to get and use an offline blog client such as Windows Live Writer (Windows) or Ecto (Mac) and then everything is saved on your computer and when you are done with the post, you actually publish it directly from the blog client software. See here for offline blog editors so you don't have to go through this again http://en.support.wordpress.com/xml-rpc

  3. You really should be creating everything off-line in something like Notepad. Save it to your local hard drive.

    Then copy and paste into the new post form.

  4. Think it's gone! I was only expecting to write a quick thing but ended up flowing into a bit of an essay.
    Thanks for the replies, I will write it up in word or something in future.

  5. For long posts it's best to write a few lines, and then save it (or publish it as private) and then edit it, and carry on writing. Keep saving it manually every few minutes, rather than relying on the auto save. And if you are writing a post, it's best not to click on another tab, before manually saving what you have written!

  6. ^^ No, it's best to do it offline. Do all the composing, writing, spell-checking and other corrections, then save it locally so you'll have a copy in case something goes wrong.

  7. @notawoodpecker don't tell people 'no' to things that i have stated, because not everyone uses an offline editor and not everyone wants to either. So what i say is correct.

  8. Right: your suggestions are both correct.

    @lukiej: If you use Word, make sure you copypaste into the Text editor or use the Paste from Word tool. Never copypaste into the Visual editor: it introduces bad code that will mess things up.

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