It happened Thursday night around 10pm. I was happily commenting away and all of a sudden my newly linked Google+ Blogger profile said it was no longer active. I was redirected to the dashboard, where, holy moly, my blogs were GONE. Within seconds I was automatically logged out.

When I was asked to sign in I was redirected to a page that said, you’re account has been disabled for percieved terms of service violation. Please read them and if think this has been a mistake, complete this form. Startign to freak out a little. Clicking to seperate tabs to check my blogs, email or web images… Nothing. I filled out the forms.
Twitter told me it had happened to many before me. Most recently Trish from My Little Drummer Boys. Most noteably, the time Darren Rowse was booted from YouTube. I’d heard about it at blogger’s conferences but assumed that sort of thing happened to OTHER people. I was assured most had theirs back within 2 -3 hours. Darren’s account took almost two days. I settled in to wait.
After numerous submissions, tweets and wall posts to Google. No response. I was gutted. You know that moment when you realise that the one you love doesn’t care about you in the same way. I saw my blog and my business {I have four google apps accounts for business etc – 2 of them paid subscriptions} was worth very little to them. I was a terms violater, apparently, I have no rights.
By late yesterday afternoon, having spent TOO much time in the Google Help Forums looking for answers and getting none, I cracked a little. What the heck Google. How is it that when there was NUMEROUS blogger blogs features ads and my content {yes including photos and at that time personal accounts of our TTC journey} that I reported, there was nothing done. No shut down. Nothing. I’m pretty sure at least one of them survives to this day.
Then, I got upset. I was angry. I sooked, and ranted, and attempted not to scrawl up yours across the various social media sites I use. Though, I did put it on some. Well, more than some, a fair few. And finally I made a decision I never thought I would make for this blog. I’m going to WordPress. I logged into GoDaddy where my domain is registered and signed up for a hosting account. It whizzed me through that portion of the process and I was done.
I emailed GoDaddy with a question and had an answer within 20 minutes. Take that Google. That’ how it is done. Not some shoddy forum that it takes you 45 minutes to find the right category and it error’s out three times when getting to the submit portion {yes, that happened too}. Even though the learning curve has been steep. I’ll persevere. I have a nice ball of pissed off to keep me going.
So, anyway. Rant over. You might have noticed I am currently back at sugercoatit.blogspot.com and this will probably be the last post of any sort of substance here. As soon as possible I am going live with the new WordPress blog. Don’t worry you’ll still be able to follow the feed. Though you might need to update it. There will still be facebook, twitter and email available. I will probably not install the Google Connect widget as it is going in March for WordPress blogs anyway. Don’t worry, you’ll find me. I hope.
Blogger, I loved you. But I won’t be treated like this. By anyone.
Or by ANYTHING.

  • Laura

    I was following this on FB… did you ever find out what it was that put you in the ‘naughty book’?

    • No! No explanation was ever given. I got a generic email when they reinstated it later Friday evening. AFTER I’d bawled. 😉

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  • Toushka Lee

    I wondered what had happened! Took me a while to catch up.
    I have been trying to move to wordpress for AGES. But I don’t want to do it myself. I tried to pay someone to do it about 6 months ago, but she seemed not too eager to take my money… even though that was her business… anyway… So finally I talked to a designer that could do the transfer also and was all set to go, first step is to get hosting – so I did… and now they have a family crisis and can’t do anything for me until mid march. I am still paying for hosting that I’m not using, and still have my stinky blogger blog!.

    I think the universe is telling me not to go to wordpress. I’m not listening though.

    • I know, what a drama, right! I would’ve been gladly at my blogger blog to this day had that not happened. in fact over 100 page views a day still ARE over at my blogger blog. Cringe. 😉 Email me your info, I’ll help if I can and at least get you set up. It might take a pro to get it looking fab again {they’ve got a LOT to live up to after all. HA} but at least you’d be live.

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