Friday, May 14, 2021

Blogger Outage on Friday 14 May 2021

I wrote three Genea-Musings blog posts on Friday, 14 May.  They were all online at 3:30 p.m. PDT.

By 4 p.m., they were deleted by Blogger (a Google product) for some reason.  I received an email from Blogger saying they had malware included in them.  Really?

After some discussion on Facebook, I and others figured out that Blogger probably had a malware attack sometime today that infected many blog posts across the system.  Trying to do anything - create a new post, edit a post, etc. - gave me a Red warning page that told me not to try to do anything to get past it.

I decided to let discretion be the better part of valor, so I sat back and waited.  If this post survives the night, then everything will be OK.

What about my three blog posts - the usual 52Ancestors, Findmypast, News and Education posts?  My hope is that they will return as Blogger fixes the problems.  Feedly still has them in their feed, so I copied and pasted the text and images into a MSWord document just in case.  It will take some time to format them if I have to rebuild them in Blogger.

UPDATE - 15 May, 7 a.m.:

Blogger sent emails this morning noting that they had reconsidered the deletions and restored the three blog posts to Draft.  I just posted them again with their original post dates/times.  They are:

52 Ancestors - Week 382: #595 Elizabeth (Foster) Wilson (1673-after 1721) of Billerica, Massachusetts

*  Findmypast Friday: Explore Brand New Military Records and Memorials

*  Genealogy News and Education Bytes -- Friday, 14 May 2021

Blogger did not indicate what happened here, but many bloggers - genealogy and otherwise - had the problem.  


Marcia Crawford Philbrick said...

It’s still here - 5:30 am CDT

Marcia Crawford Philbrick said...

I saw two of your yesterday’s blog posts in Feedly and could read them. I shared one via Twitter, but when I checked the tweet, the post was missing.