Writing in the Cloud

Has Google documents changed the way you write?

I had myriad issues with my previous laptop, and because of those issues, I became a huge fan of free online file storage. I created multiple drop.io sites to store documents, I kept things in my Gmail and other online mail accounts, and I told my mail client to leave messages on the server for 10 days, just in case. Of course, when my laptop died, I realized that 10 days isn’t enough, because I lost all of my email older than 10 days, as well as any messages I sent using the client instead of webmail, but that is neither here nor there, and I will recover that email as soon as I pull out the old hard drive and connect it to a working computer.

Backups are important, and Web services are a great way to backup your important files at no cost. But, what about the other cloud computing options available to you?

I have made some use of Google documents, either to open a file attached to my email and check that it is the most recent version or to store copies of my resume and CV for use at any time (hey, you never know when you might need to send out a query or respond to a job posting).

But I haven’t used it for drafting. I was using Word and Works for that, and I recently put Open Office on both the laptop and the netbook. I still need to have access to my files without finding Internet access, so for me the cloud is my backup.

What about you? Are you writing in the cloud, or are you sticking firmly with the safety of your own hard drive?


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