Saturday, 14 May 2011

So that was Friday 13

You might have noticed that yesterday, Friday 13, I didn't post anything on my blog.

Well, actually, I had written rather a long post and scheduled it to go live first thing in the morning. It was all about how the past couple of Friday 13s I have blogged about how the day isn't actually any more unlucky than any other, but then had disastrous things happen to me. I scoffed at how unlikely it was that something bad would happen three Friday 13s in a row.

But then it did. Well, something pretty disastrous happened to Blogger anyway. This is what Eddie Kessler, Tech Lead/Manager, Blogger, put on the Blogger help centre site late last night:

"What a frustrating day. We’re very sorry that you’ve been unable to publish to Blogger for the past 20.5 hours. We’re nearly back to normal — you can publish again, and in the coming hours posts and comments that were temporarily removed should be restored. Thank you for your patience while we fix this situation. We use Blogger for our own blogs, so we’ve also felt your pain.

"Here’s what happened: during scheduled maintenance work Wednesday night, we experienced some data corruption that impacted Blogger’s behavior. Since then, bloggers and readers may have experienced a variety of anomalies including intermittent outages, disappearing posts, and arriving at unintended blogs or error pages. A small subset of Blogger users (we estimate 0.16%) may have encountered additional problems specific to their accounts. Yesterday we returned Blogger to a pre-maintenance state and placed the service in read-only mode while we worked on restoring all content: that’s why you haven’t been able to publish. We rolled back to a version of Blogger as of Wednesday May 11th, so your posts since then were temporarily removed. Those are the posts that we’re in the progress of restoring.

"Again, we are very sorry for the impact to our authors and readers. We try hard to ensure Blogger is always available for you to share your thoughts and opinions with the world, and we’ll do our best to prevent this from happening again."
Although I can blog again now, the original post I wrote about Friday 13 has not been restored to my account. At this late stage I think it might have been lost for good.

I think from now on I'll be very careful about what I write about any future Friday 13s - and also be far more careful about backing up everything I write to blogger.

2 comments:

☆ Melissa ☆ said...

I had trouble all weekend with blogger! I also lost my Friday posts.. unlucky alright!!

badwitch said...

Melissa - you have my sympathy! I certainly hope that never happens again with Blogger. It was very annoying.