Benevolent Dictator (read: Google)

I had put all of this information in my header, since that was the only place that I could post content for the last two days. I’m aware, however, that many of you subscribe to the feed and rarely come to the blog itself, so here is a recap of where I’ve been and what I’ve been doing for the last few days.

Now that I know that I’m not going to lose my entire memoir of our pregnancy and 3B’s life up until now, I’m back to breathing again, which is refreshing.

I’ll probably take a day or so off from blogging, rip open the boxed wine box, stab a juicebox straw into the top of the sack o’ wine, and recline in our desk chair, sipping away as I print out the entire blog as a backup.

You enjoy your weekend too.

(For those of you looking to avoid a similar fate, I have no idea what triggered this or what can be done to avoid triggering it in the future. Good luck.)

First Warning, March 1 (’round about supper time)

When I tried to edit a post, I received this warning from Blogger:

This blog has been locked by Blogger’s spam-prevention robots. You will not be able to publish your posts, but you will be able to save them as drafts.

Save your post as a draft or click here for more about what’s going on and how to get your blog unlocked.

So until further notice from Blogger, I’m unable to post. But enjoy the new header, courtesy of my cousin.

I really have just about had it with Blogger restraining flexibility, especially with the new version, so if this goes on for too long, I’ll switch platforms and let you know where you can find me.

Second Warning, March 1 (sometime after I started drinking)
When I clicked through to learn more, I got this message:

Blogger’s spam-prevention robots have detected that your blog has characteristics of a spam blog. (What’s a spam blog?) Since you’re an actual person reading this, your blog is probably not a spam blog. Automated spam detection is inherently fuzzy, and we sincerely apologize for this false positive.

You won’t be able to publish posts to your blog until one of our humans reviews it and verifies that it is not a spam blog. Please fill out the form below to get a review. We’ll take a look at your blog and unlock it in less than a business day.

If we don’t hear from you, though, we will remove your blog from Blog*Spot within 10 days.

The good news is that they didn’t do this when I had decided to take a week or so off from blogging, because if they had, I would have come back to a black hole rather than my blog. I suppose that I would have then gotten what I paid for–nothing. It’s a bit aggravating to think that I could go on vacation and lose the entire blog that I was planning to share with my son as a memoir of his childhood.

Update from BlogGoogler, March 2 (o’ dark thirty)

Your blog is locked

Blogger’s spam-prevention robots have detected that your blog has characteristics of a spam blog.

Since you’re an actual person reading this, your blog is probably not a spam blog. Automated spam detection is inherently fuzzy, and we sincerely apologize for this false positive.

We received your unlock request on March 2, 2007. On behalf of the robots, we apologize for locking your non-spam blog. Please be patient while we take a look at your blog and verify that it is not spam.

You won’t be able to publish posts to your blog until one of our humans reviews it and verifies that it is not a spam blog. Please fill out the form below to get a review. We’ll take a look at your blog and unlock it in less than a business day.

If we don’t hear from you, though, we will remove your blog from Blog*Spot within 10 days.

Update from BlogGoogler, March 2 (1:01 p.m.)

Hello,

Your blog has been reviewed, verified, and cleared for regular use so that
it will no longer appear as potential spam. If you sign out of Blogger and
sign back in again, you should be able to post as normal. Thanks for your
patience, and we apologize for any inconvenience this has caused.

Sincerely,
The Blogger Team

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  • I’d heard about this from my host guy who had troubles with his Blogger blogs. I had no problem with my work Blogger blogs (although I use WordPress for my LA Daddy site) but he said it had really caused some problems. There’s something you need to remove from your template – when I find out, I’ll let you know what it was…

  • I’ll be interested to hear more about this. I played around with WordPress but didn’t like how (as far as I could tell) if you wanted to play around with the HTML you had to pay for the privilege.

  • I think this points out one of inherent issues of letting other people host your creativity. At any time, it can go down, and you’re lost, with no real recourse.

    I can’t say enough great things about WordPress though. I host it on my own site, and I can edit all the html I want, to completely customize the site if I wanted to. I’ve got bigger fish to fry, so I let it be for right now. One of the better bits about WordPress, is that it will import from Blogger or other services when you want to move over to it.

    Maybe it’s WordPress.com that charges for html editing? Same software as what I use, but they host everything for you.