Creating a Solid Backup System

I've recently found myself in a number of discussions of backup methods and data loss, whether with coworkers or in Facebook groups. I've experienced data loss on both a personal and professional level, the latter occurring quite recently (twice). I've spent a lot of time thinking about how to manage my important data and how to keep it as protected as possible, so I feel that I have a lot to offer in this arena. In this post, I'll outline what makes an effective backup solution, provide a few options to reach that goal, and present my personal backup system.