Like the Bad Old Days on Blogger (Plus, What’s up With Althouse?)
Apparently, Blogger has been down for almost a full day (see this story at the Blogger Buzz blog).
It reminded me of the early days of blogging when James Joyner started OTB in January of 2003 and I started PoliBlog in February. We both started on blogspot blogs and the tendency of the service to constantly go down led us both to quickly move to self-hosted sites.
One Blogger site that isn’t back up is Ann Althouse’s (indeed, at the moment surfing to her site gives one a “Blog has been removed” page). I don’t read Althouse much any more, but was curious about her site’s status after reading about an Internet mystery at Lawyers, Guns and Money. The main mystery is the status of Althouse’s site but the reason for the interest is that apparently she had posted about three candidates for Dean on the site and the comment section turned ugly. Brian Leiter’s Law School Reports explains, Three Finalists for Wisconsin Deanship…
…described here on a blog by Wisconsin LawProf Ann Althouse, who asks for “comments” from her readers, who then proceed to trash and insult the candidates for Dean of her school! Wow!
More at the link.
I am interested in this as I find, for obvious reasons, the intersection between academia and blogging to be of interest. It sounds as if things got out of hand at Althouse’s site, but it is difficult to know for sure given that the site is currently inaccessible. I must confess, my initial reaction is that posting about job candidates on one’s blog is a problematic maneuver at best.
Update: Via Instapundit I see that Althouse’s problems appear to be with Google itself. Althouse is blogging at an alternative site: Althouse2. Apparently, Ann suspects politics. While I can understand her frustration at her site disappearing, I must confess I have a hard time thinking Google is out to get her. This all comes full circle to my intro to this post: there are reasons to pay for one’s own hosting.
Update 2: After reading the whole help thread, I must confess: one does get what one pays for and Blogger is, well, free.