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October 25, 2006

A bunch of people are down – I just went skipping around my blogroll and got ‘Server Error 500’ from Joe Irvin, GUYK, Justice Day, KeesKennis, Lemons and Lollipops, Unclaimed Territory, and WeeDram. 

Slowly it dawned on me… Blogspot is down.  Missed all you guys.

Scienceblogs and WordPress are both up, as are the independent servers of everyone else on the blogroll.  Recently Terry at dailytroll.com (I see invisible people) had her hosting company go south on her so she was off the net for quite a while getting into a new host.  She was able to restore most of her posts, though.  Back up your database, folks!

While we’re at it, Gran’s OnBran has quit blogging.  I enjoyed reading her personal stories and very British take on life.  Guess I’ll sadly remove the link next time I tidy up the template.

On a positive note, Chris Clarke of Creek Running North is back up after assessing the threat to his elderly dog, Zeke.  Noting that activists pets have been killed in the past, everlasting shame to anyone who would ever threaten someone’s pet.  Glad it turned out OK this time.

Categories: Blogging, Geeky
  1. October 25, 2006 at 21:45 | #1

    Once blogspot comes back up, how would I back up my database?

  2. October 25, 2006 at 22:28 | #2

    Blogger doesn’t have an export function, but they do have a backup function that lets you save a single file to your computer that contains your entire blog.  Here is the link:

    How do I create a backup of my entire blog?

    Unfortunately the procedure is preposterously complicated, involving temporarily replacing your template with one for backup, and then replacing it again.  It might be worth doing on a monthly basis depending how much you blog.  That is one reason I finally abandoned Blogger.  Another is that they’re down a lot, or go through frequent periods of verrrrrrrryy slow performance.

    One nice thing about Blogger is that they are not likely to go completely ‘down’ forever as some hosts do.  Unless Google goes away.

    I use Expression Engine (though if I were to do it again, I’d probably use WordPress) and it’s almost a one-button backup to the local computer.  Terry uses WordPress and she had just backed up recently when her host went down.  So it was get a new host, install WordPress (famous for relatively simple install) and upload the database. Well, a bit more than that.

  3. October 25, 2006 at 22:57 | #3

    I know the pain of having a website down, and I hope the best to anyone else that does. 

    For future reference, I am not an expert, but would be glad to lend my expertise to any fellow blogger with a downed website.

  4. October 26, 2006 at 16:11 | #4

    We’re back up now; it was a planned 1 hour outage last night.  Must’ve been during your bloggy time.

  5. October 26, 2006 at 16:14 | #5

    Yes, it was.  Wonder why Blogspot couldn’t have delivered a more informative 500 error?  Since it was a planned outage.  All they had to do was edit the 500 error page message.  That’s a lot of customers to leave hanging with no explanation.

    Anyway, welcome back!

  6. October 26, 2006 at 16:26 | #6

    Just tried – nope.  Still getting an inscrutible 500 error on Blogger blogs.

  7. October 26, 2006 at 18:13 | #7

    Thanks, DOF.  I’ll investigate WordPress.  My blog is up now, and was again last night when I checked.  Not that I’ve posted in a LONNNNNNNNNNNNNNG time.

  8. October 27, 2006 at 16:29 | #8

    Yep. Blogger has been down about as much as it has been up for a while it seems. My traffic meter is taking a beating..down to 265 from a daily average of 350 plus just a month ago. Part of it is my fault no doubt. I have been pretty busy and have no paid the attention to the site nor read my blog roll as much as I used to do. But blogger being down is costing numbers also.

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