Don't know if y'all noticed, but earlier this week Blogger decided my blog was spam and shut it down. No warning, no recourse, nothing. I just tried to open it and found it gone. I've been having computer problems - I think I have a faulty router - so I thought that was it, until I got to my office and had the same issues there. I dug around a bit after I got home again, and that's when I learned Blogger uses anti-spam software that shuts blogs down whenever one is flagged. One site said that if you leave too many comments, you'll be flagged as a spammer. I don't remember how many comments I left last week but I doubt it was all that many, considering. Probably half a dozen a day.
So I sent a request to Google, asking them to review my status. I mean, there is no way anyone who actually read a couple pages would think my blog was spam, right? But my research indicated that when blogs get shut down they usually stay that way. So, to be on the safe side, I started a new blog. The problem was, how to let my peeps know where I was and what had happened. You aren't supposed to put blog addresses in the comments section of other blogs. Didn't want to break any rules! I was able to leave a couple comments with "formerly fortypoundsack" in the name field. Mostly, I was just sick over the loss of my blog. All my words and photos, all my comments from friends.....just.....gone. I was pretty bummed. And a little ticked off.
Imagine my glee when - ta dah! - Google waved their magic wand and reinstated me. So relieved! And very happy to be connected to y'all again. I have to admit, I'm pretty lazy about my blog links. I always click on the list in my sidebar to see what my blogger buddies are up to. Without access to my blog I was scrambling to remember how I could find each of you again. I'm going to save all the blogs I read as bookmarks, just in case I get shut down again.
Never a dull moment around here, that's for sure!