... and by long term, I mean really long term, like at least for a decade, preferably much longer.
What I want to do is to store some text online that I can edit whenever I like. Also, I want to have a URL for this document that I can print out and store somewhere. Then, when the time comes, I want to be sure that when I enter the URL, it still links to the desired document. It doesn't have to be invisible to the public, though that would be a bonus.
Now in theory, this should be easy, because that's exactly what URLs are for, but in reality, web services change their URL structures or vanish completely, so I'm not really sure what to rely on in this case.
My ideas so far:
- just host it myself. Pro: stable as long as I maintain it. Con: I suck at maintaining web services & if I fail to pay my web hoster or the hoster accidently deletes all my data, it's gone.
- use Pastebin. Pro: stable URLs (so far), editable documents. Con: small site, could be shut down at some point.
- use Google Docs. Pro: Google won't go out of business any time soon. Con: Google has a history of shutting down services that everyone thought would stay online forever.
In the end I think it's less about which service solves my problem (because there are tons of them), but which one I can rely on to be stable enough so that it remains operational with an unchanged URL structure. Your thoughts on this?