Saturday, May 14, 2011

Google's Blogger (providing blogspot sites) back to life after a long stop

   Sorry for all the confusion on Thursday.  As many will have noticed, Google's, which provides blog space and technology for hundred of thousands of sites, had a rather severe problem and had to put all blogspot hosting sites on Read-Only (no posting, commenting or editing) for 20.5 hours from Thursday noon until 10:26 AM Friday morning.

Until then they had found themselves needing to remove all posts that had been made Thursday so that they could rebuild everything from the last stable point before a maintenance update had been made Wednesday night.  They were able to bring Thursday's posts back early Thursday evening and then found they had to remove Thursday's posts AGAIN, so it was a confusing time for blog-readers and blog-owners.

Even when the sites were finally allowed to publish blog articles again, after 10:26 AM Friday, they still had to slowly bring back the temporarily removed Thursday posts plus comments by blog visitors.

At 7:46 PM PST Friday evening, almost 30 hours after they had gone on Read-Only status, Google's probably exhausted staff announced that "Nearly all posts since Wednesday are restored, now bringing back comments from last couple [of] days.  We expect the comments to be back this weekend or sooner."

You can read Google's Blogger staff explanation in their status update explaining all this on their site.  They attributed the problem to "data corruption" while not explaining how that would happen.  As bloggers themselves, they were also affected, they said, and will "do our best to prevent this from happening again."

  This blog opened on March 19, 2009, and I've not been aware of any other noticeable down-time by, which is an unusually good record.  But it was a frustrating day and it affected the Kindle-Blog editions also. Below are ways to Share this post if you'd like others to see it.
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