I am curious if there is there any good way to guarantee that my articles (posted on personal sites and other blogs) will last? Is there a reliable repository for articles, post and essays? Or are there any good practices of self-archiving?
Even when it comes to my websites, there is a dozen of things that can happen, e.g.:
- forgetting to pay for the domain or to the provider,
- the provider bankrupts,
- university will likely close it after being no longer affiliated (and if not, it policy may change later),
- having no to time to maintain it,
- and the proverbial "Getting hit by a bus" (not to say that everyone dies, sooner or later).
When it comes to guest posts on other blogs - I can guarantee even less. And from practice, many good articles or essays I am linking to do disappear.
Of course, there is wonderful Wayback Machine at the Internet Archive, and (up to now) all my articles I care about are there. But it might be not a silver bullet, as it is hard to search inside.
Just in case, all of them are on CC BY or can be made so.
EDIT: I mean archiving in a public repository - for others, not me.