Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Blogging Tip: Did Your Blog Go Missing?

In 2012, my blog went missing for a couple of days.

Talk about having a shock when I went to check my blog that morning to find it wasn't there... anywhere. I keyed in the url again, just to make sure. No. It. Was. Not. There. Talk about feeling frantic! What I did find was a note from Blogger saying that it had been removed. My beautiful life blog... removed???

Thankfully, computer savvy nephew helped me go through the info they gave in a link as to possible reasons why my blog might have been removed (we could be spammers, we could be violating copyright, or other terms of service policies, blah blah blah...).

We sent in a 'report' to Google for help in identifying the problem. And waited...and waited. Checked and waited some more. Checked... checked...checked. Nada.

At least I didn't feel 'alone' in the situation, for I found other people were experiencing the same thing. Looking at comments left by other bloggers (we'd queried Google about the potential problem), it seems that sometimes these things happen because Blogger is doing system maintenance and things happen when they are 'cleaning' up stuff.

It seems to also happen because there are so many not-nice bloggers who are spammers or are violating terms of service. In the mix of a ga-zillion users, the innocent blogger sometimes get caught up in the net (pun intended).

After the initial shock at the realization that yes, my whole blog and all my beautiful content was really and truly g-o-n-e from blogland, and getting in touch with the people at Blogger, I knew I needed to stop fretting about it. I felt a peace that I knew wasn't my own. After all, I remembered I often ask God to protect all my online stuff -- I felt I could anticipate a good ending to this story.

Let me say, too, that even though my blog had disappeared, I did have back ups of most of my content so I could have retrieved it, if necessary, with help from computer whiz nephew.

Thankfully, in a couple of days, my blog was back online. Everything was restored. All was in order. You can be sure that I was celebrating! You can be sure, too, I backed up my blog content right away.

Let this be a gentle warning, if you have been putting it off... please go back up your blog... and do it regularly. If you don't know how, check out this link: business2blogger

Gratefully glad to be back with you all,

Post updated January 2015


  1. I am glad it is all back, safe and sound.

  2. I can imagine that was QUITE the scare!

  3. What a scary thought... to loose your precious Blog!
    And what a relief to get it back.

    Now I'm off to visit your recommendations.

    Thank you for sharing.

  4. I'm so happy it's back...at least if it happens to others they will know that you got yours back...praise god. I said a prayer for you that you would not be too distraught or distressed...there are heart-strings attached;)) when someone pours it out to bless others.

    Blessings, and shine on!

  5. I am delighted! I had visited Pondside earlier today when she shared that her blog had also been swept away. So now I "know" two such incidents. Thanks for the links...I was trying to back up my blog earlier and couldn't remember how. So glad that you're back!

  6. Wow. What a scare. I've experienced minor (yet agonizing!) issues accessing my blog, but nothing as catastrophic as this. I'm so glad that everything turned out okay! And that you got such an inspirational and thought-provoking post out of it :)

  7. Hooray! This is a scary thing, isn't it?? I need to back mine up, too!

    Are you having sun today? We had a lovely day here. Sun, no rain, no wind... Ah... Is spring coming soon?? I hope so!

    Have a marvelous week!

  8. I think I would have passed out!! Now I am going to back up my blog as soon as I leave you this comment! I look up to you and how you handle stress and bad news. Thank you for the beautiful example!

  9. Thank you, all you dear ones, for sharing your caring, warm thoughts with me.

    Janet, you mentioned about the having 'heart-strings attached'... yes, my heart did feel the wrench...that something precious had been snatched.

    Vee, I hope and pray your Pondside friend also finds everything intact when she next goes to look for it.

    Matty, you asked after the weather -- the temp. had dipped after some really springlike days, but the sun was shining and warm. It was a lovely day.

    Hey Tote Trove, nice to see you too. I have to come visit. LOL... yes, for bloggers everything ends up being fodder for posts, doesn't it?

    Staci,aren't you precious for sharing that lovely affirmation with me. Thank you!

    Tracey, Rebecca, Christine....hugs back at ya!

  10. phew brenda, so happy for you - AND all your readers - that your blog was only temporarily lost!!

  11. So many people have suffered this lately, it is quite worrying. I'm glad you got your blog back safely.
    How does one back up a blog, I wonder?

  12. thanks for answering my question of how to backup my blog. I need to do that...now.

  13. Wow, that would be a shocker. So glad you got your blog back with everything intact. Thanks for the backup info.

  14. i'm really so glad you got your blog returned intact!! thank you so much for the link re:how to backup your blog.

  15. I was by the other day, but didn't comment...

    I'm glad you got your blogs back! And your response when you didn't know if you would was just right...God has everything under control, always!

  16. Glory be, indeed! Life would be definitely less beautiful without your blog! Glad it's back safe and sound. So keep following your heart and keep up the good work.

  17. I was wondering why I couldn't get to your blog on Friday. I'm so glad you're back. Isn't it wonderful that you had someone to help you when you needed it? Your blog is always a beautiful, restful place to be.


To My Beautiful Readers,

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