The experience was little bit like returning home from a hard day at work and discovering that someone had changed all the locks on your house, and that your keys didn't work. This event also reminded me -- like a slap in the face -- how fragile "free speech" really is. With a flip of a switch, Google/Blogger can take us all down. Very creepy.
Some users saw political conspiracies here...I just saw a huge glitch and a massive malfunction. The whole thing was resolved (for my blog) in approximately 24 hours. In the scheme of things, that's not long to go without blogging or access to blogging. What the problem was -- in all honesty -- was that there was ZERO acknowledgment from Blogger until late in the day yesterday, approximately 6:00 pm or so, that they had made a mistake and were looking into the problem. They had locked my blog at 10:00 pm the previous night. Eighteen hours is a long time to go without hearing a peep. That's a long time to sit and stew and ask for help...with no answer. It was the uncertainty that was the big issue for me
For others it was more serious. On the Blogger Help Group page, I saw some of the more troubling repercussions. There were blogs involved in contests and giveaways that couldn't make important announcements in a timely fashion. There were other blogs hosting big events, that needed to provide directions to reporters and others in the field. There was even a five day workshop that couldn't use the blog on the last day of that (paid for) seminar. For me, I couldn't get to Friedkin Friday, which I hated, but I didn't suffer nearly as much as some others. The big scare for me was the lack of communication, and the idea that my blog -- two and a half years of hard work -- could be deleted in 20 days.
My response was that I posted a shadow blog at Wordpress; and imported all my posts there... replete with images. The lesson: silence from blogger - bad! Back-ups: good! Anyway, back to work...