As some of you noticed, my last post was early Thursday morning. Blogger, the hosting system for this and a lot of other blogs, crashed early Thursday morning.
Here’s what happened: during scheduled maintenance work Wednesday night [Pacific time], 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.
Thanks to those of you who dropped me notes wondering what was going on. I appreciate it.
And no, I don’t think that Blogger cratering was a sign of the End of the World next week.
Now, if Google goes, well….