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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Blogger is free. I know how to use it. But ever so often.....

  I did a post today, but when I tried to publish it,  the post just vanished.  I have not had that happen before. It was a relatively mundane thing, nothing that would draw the attention of the google censors, so I don't think it was intentionally deleted.

When I tried check my comments, there were none pending. There might not have been any comments from friends, but I know there has to have been spam because I always get tons of it.

So it's likely that if anybody wrote any comments today, they may have gotten gone when this happened.

Blogger doesn't seem to have any "outstanding issues" that would do this going on at the moment.  I know they have been using their "spam blog" rule to delete peoples entire blogs without notice on a vast scale. When I was looking through the help sections of blogger, trying to figure out what happened, there were a lot of people raging because their innocuous blogs had been deleted by the spam blog program , a "spider" like thing that apparently crawls around the web searching for spam blogs and then deleting them without human intervention. I don't actually know what a "spam blog" is, but I can infer from the name it has something to do with sending out spam. Thats's a guess on my part.

At any rate, some hours later I am trying again and this seems normal enough, but I won't know til I hit the button.


It published the post. I checked the mail awaiting moderation. There was one piece of spam, and one comment from Gail. Both were date time stamped after I turned on the computer to do this post. Everything before that is gone.

22 comments:

  1. I had that happen to me. Luckily when I went to post it wouldn't, I copied the whole thing, opened a new window/new post, and pasted it to post it. Like anything there's a bug here and there every so often.

    I had my whole account shut down once because a spam-bot tired to take it over. They couldn't tell if my blog was my blog, or if the spam blog was my blog. They got me up and running in a day. I was freaking.

    You asked if you have to buy anti-static sheets for the dryer with the wool dryer balls? The answer is no.

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    1. This post just disappeared. And so did all the comments that had to have been waiting for moderation. Even if nobody wrote a comment, there's always spam in there and that folder was empty too.

      I gather a spam bot is one that tries to use your blog to send out spam? When I was looking in the blogger forums trying to recover any comments that might have gotten lost, there were many, many plaintive comments in the forum about Google arbitrarily shutting down people's blogs, with no warning. If that happens to me, my blog list will be lost and I might never be able to reconstitute it. Did you get in touch with Google through that thing where you report problems and they say they will get back to you? Because I've tried to use that on other things blogger has done and no one ever responds. You are the only one I know who has had their blog shut down and got it back. I wish, one time when you are not really busy, you would do a post on what you did to get it back. Then I could copy your post into my "file folder" blog that I just put things into that I want to be able to find for use later. It's a restricted access blog that no one but me can read so I wouldn't be plagiarizing your work, I just want to know how you did it if you can remember. I hope you aren't like me. Something happens, if I get it fixed I write all the information down in my file folder blog, but then a year later I can't figure out exactly what I meant when I wrote it. I am not technically oriented and I don't understand much of anything about blogger. I hate the little symbols up on the top of my blog page that when I click them they go to other peoples posts that I never heard of, things like that.

      Good, I will get some of those dryer balls. Anything that can cut back on the use of the dryer is worth investing in. I bet, short of heating, I use more propane on that dryer, and more electricity, than anything else in the house.

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  2. Just blame OBummer like everyone else, or maybe it because of all the Hillary crap someone got over excited and delete happy.......evil grin

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    1. Rob, I might as well. I didn't do a single thing any different than all the other posts I've done, and everything went wrong. The only thing I can think of is that we are having all kinds of internet problems here, we are in our second day of some pretty strong storms. I can only get on line when the thunder and lightning abate. But I can't understand how that could cause me to lose my post and my comments and god knows what else. I did see a strange blurred ripple run across my screen this morning, but I ran a virus checker ( I use AGI) and it didn't find anything.

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  3. Blogger, like Facebook, only works when it darn well feels like it. I guess we get what we (don't) pay for.

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    1. I had a hell of a time learning how to blog, and I've had lots of problems with blogger. One time I paid $10.00 to use Word Press, but I couldn't make it work at all. So I went back to blogger. The thing that really scares me is that this is basically my only connection to a lot of friends, and if it quits working I'm going to be pretty isolated up here.

      When I write a post, I am just writing what I am thinking about, and I pick pictures out of the hundreds I have on the computer. So if I lose the post, I can never really reconstruct it again.

      Like you say, we don't pay anything for it but I bet Google makes money off of us somehow. Maybe by selling our information to the government. But they are making money.

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    1. Hey Dani. Good to hear from you. I haven't been coming by your place because I was afraid maybe the government there monitors who you read and I doubt my political leanings would be popular there. If you don't think I will get you in trouble let me know so I can visit again.

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    2. Harry - T'is a free world. The day any government, especially ours, dictates who can visit my blog, and who can't, will be the day I stop blogging!! We supposedly live in a democracy, and the privacy laws they were trying to introduced have not been accepted, but even if they had, no one must tell me what I can do, or who I should know.

      Anyway, I think our government is too busy riding the gray train to monitor bloggers...

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    3. Ok, Danny. Just wasn't sure. Sent you an email about it.

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  5. Did it wind up in the "Drafts" folder?

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    1. D.J. No, I looked there, I never save drafts, and the only thing I found was one empty "draft" with nothing in it from a long time ago. I must have started one and something got screwed up.

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  6. mmmm I guess you got tied in with the Hillerbeast's server. Wiped clean

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    1. What's the Hillerbeast server? I haven't heard of it and can't find it on the net?
      Sounds interesting.

      Something went wrong. Everything seems to be working fine but everything was working fine before the glitch happened too. I never feel like I can really trust blogger.

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    2. "Hillerbeast", a.k.a. "Hildebeast" or "Hillary Clinton".

      A dark, disgusting beast with an insatiable hunger for power.

      Worse than any "Grue" you'll find in any game!

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    3. Oh, of course. Tewshooz will think I'm an idiot. I've been following all that about the secret state department traffic on Hillary's private server disappearing. I'm just so damned tired tonight I couldn't make the connection.

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  7. Harry,

    I've found strange things happening in Blogger dealing with posts.
    Usually if you wait a day or two, your post will appear, the problem will be resolved.

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    1. Blogger drives me crazy. It seems like periodically it goes sour, but not to everybody at the same time. One person may be able to post perfectly normally at the same time another loses their posts. Makes no sense.

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  8. I would be pretty grumpy if this happened. Sorry you lost an entire post.

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    1. Lisa, it's really aggravating because I can never reconstruct a post, I just write them and pick the pictures. If I lose the post I'm working on, the next one may be completely different.

      Also it aggravates me no end, when someone has gone to the trouble of leaving me a comment and the comment doesn't post. Sometimes, it's my fault because I hit the wrong button and that's bad enough. But to have it happen at random like this is hard to put up with.

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  9. I've had this happen to me too. I learned the hard way never to hit Blogger's undo button. Good reminder to do a blog backup. For those who don't know, that's under Settings > Other > Blog Tools > Export Blog at the top of the page. For some reason that page opens so that I have to scroll up to download a copy.

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    1. Leigh, I didn't know you could do a blog backup. I'm going to start doing that. I back up everything on my computer, from my Quicken files to my photo files. I save all that stuff to the cloud, and I have some stick drives and even two old disk drives hooked in just for that. But I never knew how to back up the whole blog.

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