Getting an email at some un-Godly hour isn't unusual. I get them all the time. Most, I don't want. But the subject of this one caught my eye: http://www.basilsblog.net/ has been deleted
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?
I opened this one.
Your blog at http://www.basilsblog.net/ has been reviewed and confirmed as in violation of our Terms of Service for: SPAM. In accordance to these terms, we've removed the blog and the URL is no longer accessible.
For more information, please review the following resources:
Blogger Terms of Service: http://blogger.com/terms.g
Blogger Content Policy: http://blogger.com/content.g
-The Blogger Team
I immediately went to my blog. It was down.
I opened the Blogger Dashboard. Or tried. It wouldn't let me open it.
Okay, this is not a good thing.
I looked at the email again. "violation of our Terms of Service for: SPAM"?
Spam? Me? My little blog? A splog?
Yeah, I don't think so.
But, when you get right down to it, it doesn't matter what I think. The actual hosting is on Google/Blogger's servers. And if they think it's spam, that's what I have to deal with.
Google/Blogger has a 4-step process for dealing with having a blog removed for TOS violations.
- Read the articles listed.
- Submit a review request.
- Submit an appeal.
- Post a report in Blogger Help Forum: Something Is Broken.
Within minutes, the first review of this little blog began. I know, because it was still all there inside the Google/Blogger mystic ethernet. Including my Site Meter, which operated still, allowing me to see when and who was viewing the blog. So, I knew they were looking it over.
I kept up with it for a couple of hours, but, being way past my bedtime (and I do need my beauty sleep).
After several more hours, I woke up and checked it out. Still being reviewed, until a little before 7:00 AM. That's when the blog showed up as active on the Dashboard. I had to repeat the custom domain again (http://basils.blogspot.com/ was working, but I wanted http://www.basilsblog.net/ to work, too.)
Got that all squared away, and everything was back to normal.
Or abnormal, depending on your view.