Monday, December 12, 2005

This worries me

Yesterday, I came across something that makes me think I should get off Blogspot just as soon as I can:
The English Guy has a post entitled Google/Blogger Deleting Real Blogs that I’d highly recommend reading if you’re a current Blogger user or considering using their free service.

A thread at the Blog Party forum suggests that Google is targeting bloggers that have multiple blogs which link to each other. This is a tactic which many legit bloggers do and is a major part of how the whole blogosphere works. It is also a tactic that is used by sploggers. But that in and of itself should not be a reason to go on a search and destroy mission for all bloggers who interlink their sites. The logic in that is faulty – just because a tactic is used by sploggers doesn’t mean that everyone who uses that tactic IS a splogger.

So if you’re using Blogger and you have multiple blogs which you like to link to each other, you might consider porting your posts over to another system, such as TypePad or WordPress.com, before you wake up one day to find your blogs gone and have to go through the nightmare of trying to reach support personel (which has been reported to be very difficult) and proving that your blogs are legitimate.

Consider yourselves warned...
Yikes. I have two blogs (this one and the Skeptics' Circle), plus a test blog that I use only for trying out various template tweaks. Maybe I should think about moving to WordPress sooner rather than later. Good thing I keep a copy of all my posts that doesn't depend upon Blogger...

5 example(s) of insolence returned:


At 12/12/2005 1:29 AM, Blogger coturnix said...

I have, like, a million Blogspot blogs. Science and Politics and Circadiana are my two main blogs. Tar Heel Tavern and Carnival of the Balkans are carnivals I co-host. Liberal Coalition, Idea Consultants and Carolina Blog Consultants are group endeavors I am a part of. All of these, more or less, link to each other. Should I try pre-emptively to start bugging them?

 

At 12/12/2005 1:50 AM, Blogger coturnix said...

I just sent them an e-mail. Will see if they respond and will let you know.

 

At 12/12/2005 12:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, get off please!

 

At 12/12/2005 12:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Holy crap. I have a zillion blogs linked together as a genealogy structure. Time to save everything and get out of dodge. Bastards.

Please keep us up to date if you hear anything official out of Google.

 

At 12/14/2005 8:40 AM, Blogger Kyle said...

I'd be willing to bet that blogspot is pretty careful about which blogs they are deleting. On the other hand, accidents happen; taking the time to archive your work could save you a lot of pain and suffering!

 

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