Have you ever wanted to write a blog? The blogging bug bit me about five years ago, and I set one up. I’m not overly tech savvy, so I used Google Blogger, which was free and user friendly. As a caretaker of two elderly adults, my blog centered around caregiving. I had learned so much the hard way that I wanted to share my experiences.
I loved having a blog. I had a small but growing number of readers. I had comments from as far away as Ireland, and one from the actual author of a book that I reviewed. As a part of the caregiving experience, I shared with readers the loss of my mother.
And then, blogwise, the unthinkable happened. While in the process of trying to change my email address, Google shut me down. I could not gain any access to my own blog. All entries, even those about my mom’s passing, were in Google’s giant virtual shredder.
I tried to contact someone at Google to get the blog back online. There was literally no way to do that. There is no number that you can call and no address that you can email. When I actually googled Google, I found that my experience was not rare or unusual: many bloggers had faced the Google ax. The reason that they gave me at the termination was that they could not verify that I was who I said I was. Email me. Call me. Did they really think that someone wanted to hijack a blog about taking care of old folks?
I know that I am less than nothing to a behemoth like Google, but I was crushed when the blog was taken down. I had no copies of any of it. I have found a new outlet at the Yahoo! Contributor Network. It’s a very supportive and varied network. Periodically I ponder starting another blog—-if only I could get that acrid Google taste out of my mouth.