Blogger Wrongfully Holding ‘Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb’ Blog Hostage
Filed under: Events — @ April 20, 2008
This is an Emergency Appeal to everyone who supports the “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb” blog:
My blog on Google’s Blogger has been shut down as SPAM as of Tuesday, April 15, 2008. I know it’s hard to understand why, but they did. I was sent an e-mail from Blogger, who hosts the site, saying their automatic system flagged my blog as a “spam blog” and they locked it immediately.
According to the e-mail, it will remain locked until they get around to reviewing it and realizing it is not a SPAM blog. Apparently there are deadbeats out there who create blogs using an aggregate robot to steal content from legitimate sites (like mine) and they post a bunch of ads on it attracting people using keywords to lure them in. It’s an annoying practice that I am in favor of shutting down. However, my blog is not one of those with ill intentions for the world.
This process of unlocking my blog has already lasted nearly a week and could take many more weeks to unlock it. The scary part is the longer it remains locked, the less chance it will ever be unlocked. It’s sickening to be going through this right now, but I feel as though I’m at war with an invisible enemy (on top of the aggressive hack attack on my forum and other personal accounts recently) and the only way to say anything to Goggle Blogger is through their forums!!
You can read my blog right now and post comments, but I cannot post or reply to anyone. This dreaded scenario could go on for weeks unless some sort of intervention takes place. And that’s where YOU come in. Without your intervention to inform Blogger that “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb” is NOT a “spam blog,” it could just sit there inactive and slowly DIE (and on the eve of my third anniversary on Monday, too!).
What seems to have worked for some is a large scale appeal to Blogger from others through their support forum asking them to unlock my blog. I need your help to tell Blogger that “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb” is not a SPAM BLOG! CLICK HERE for the link to the post I made on the Blogger Help Forum under “log in issues” and you can post a comment here where hopefully it will get read.
The above link will take you to the post I made asking them to please unlock my blog as soon as possible. My plea to you is to PLEASE leave a message asking them to unlock my blog by clicking “reply” at the end of the post. Spread the word to your friends and other fellow readers of “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb” about what is happening. I appreciate all of your support and assistance with clearing this up.
You do have to join the group to post, but it’s super-easy. If you already have a Google account, then just click on the link along the side bar on the right-hand side and give yourself a nickname. Post your comment and VOILA! You’ve done your part to help me out. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!
Shutting down legitimate blogs that have been around for three years with over 3 million pageviews for “suspected spam” before checking them out is damaging to everyone. Blogger needs to find a better way to go about doing this in the future. Hopefully with your help I can get my blog unlocked and begin posting regularly again…SOON!
Thank you so much because I know you will go to war for me. Take care!