Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Your blog is locked….

...this post was written yesterday as I waited patiently for them to fix my old blog but I thought I would share it anyway since there are some nice links in it.

I worked hard Easter morning. I wrote and wrote. I came home from celebrating Easter and literally jumped into my seat to check my blog. I knew that even if the whole world didn’t read it, at least Lisa Michelle, my friend, my critic, my colleague, my partner in crime, at least she read it. I assured her I would put up my first few posts and I did but as I logged on I saw something very strange: http://screencast.com/t/3zGemKLnMLq (captured with JING... http://www.jingproject.com/ (very cool, free and easy) They took down my blog??? Why would they take down my blog??? I checked my email and saw a notice that indicated that the spam-preventing robots have detected spam like qualities in my blog and until they read it it will remian blocked. I wrote to them and the response I got is here:

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.
We received your unlock request on March 24, 2008. 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.
Find out more about how Blogger is fighting spam blogs.
And so here I am 24 hours later and no blog. I am sure it is a mistake but it is very frustrating (and very annoying.)

But as you can see, I moved over to a new blog...and knock wood everything has been fine, but I wonder aloud here...is there a back-up service to use to save our blogs in the event it is taken down?

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