What the heck happened to Blogspot? This morning I checked my email only to find a message from Blogger saying that my blog Nailing Jello to the Wall has been locked, after being “caught” in a “spam blog filter.” After my paranoia subsided somewhat, I did a little research and it sounds like all kinds of bloggers are being locked out by Blogger for running a “potential spam blog.” And good luck trying to find out what it was about your blog that was a red flag to the “spam blog filter.” There’s no one at Google to talk to. I sent in the required “Request Review” form and supposedly my blog will be reviewed and unlocked “within two business days.” What?! I have important things to write about, people!
Well, I’ve been thinking about migrating over to WordPress, so here I am. Please bear with me as I figure it all out and rebuild and revise this site. One nice thing about this change is that the url makes a little more sense now. As soon as I’m “allowed” to, I’ll link the old site to here, so that if you’ve bookmarked the old one it’ll be easy to find your way here. (But please update your bookmarks!)
Rest assured, my fellow Jello Heads, they will not silence us!
UPDATE: Sort of. From CNet last week:
Blogspot.com cited as the No. 1 host for malware
Blogger, owned by Google, is particularly problematic … with the blog site alone accounting for nearly 2 percent of all malware hosts. It is not only possible for the Blogger sites to host malicious code, but criminal attackers can also inject links to malicious sites in the comments sections of the blogs.
A spokeperson for Google said “Google takes the security of our users very seriously, and we work hard to protect them from malware. Using Blogger, or any Google product, to serve or host malware is a violation of our product policies. We actively work to detect and remove sites that serve malware from our network.”
Heh. You bet they do. A little too actively, if you ask me. But I think now we can see this is not a malicious movement by any political group — it’s simply an attempt to fix a public relations nightmare for Google. Unfortunately, they’ve just pushed out many of their Blogger users.