Blogspot Sites Disappearing
Via Scott Elliot, I see that several sites on Blogspot, notably Betsy Newmark’s and Eric Lindholm’s, have suddenly disappeared owing to a glitch at Blogger. Some jerk even snagged Betsy’s old URL and is squatting on it. Michelle Malkin gives more insights into Newmark’s situation.
I had this happen to me several months ago, with my original OTB/OTB Backup Site disappearing and numerous niche blogs I had established just going away. Google, which owns Blogspot, never even bothered to respond to my queries. Indeed, my experience was almost identical to Newmark’s.
If you’re going to spend the time to blog, please get yourself a domain and rent your own server space. Unless you’re posting videos or getting big time traffic, you can do it for less than $20 a month–often much less. Frankly, this pathetic level of service is overpriced even at “free.”
Update: PoliPundit sees a liberal conspiracy afoot. Unless proven otherwise, however, I’m confident that a combination of incompetence, indifference, and arrogance sufficiently explains the situation.
Update 2: Betsy’s Page is back. Hurray! Now get thee to a private domain.