(Disclaimer: If you like Google, read this with the knowledge that right now, I do not like it/them at all. Sorry.)
Yep, it’s me. Really! I’m back!
Welcome to the new blog! Thanks so much for tracking me down. I apologize for taking so long to get back online, but I had to wrap my brain around the fact that I had lost the old blog, and 5+ years of my thoughts, before I could start a new one. (Luckily my wonderful friends Steve and Richard pointed out that there are cached copies of most of the posts online, so at least I didn’t lose ALL of my writing. THAT would have really sucked.)
I apologize to everyone who thought I was dead, or otherwise indisposed. Thanks to all of you who sent mail. It was great to hear from lurkers and other faithful readers – and nice to know I was missed!
What happened to my old blog? Long story short, I thought I was deleting a superfluous Google user name. But with Google, when you delete one username, you delete the entire account. And when you delete a Google account, you delete every account associated with it. And my Blogger account was associated with that Google account.
So when one account went, they all went.
I don’t know if you can imagine how horrified I was when I tried to log onto my blog – and it was gone. Disappeared. Vamoosed. Outta here.
Once I stopped shaking, I tried to contact the Google Gods and ask them to pretty please return my account. But the Google Gods aren’t contactable. There’s a form you have to fill out, and it asks VERY specific questions – like the exact date I started said Google account.
Now, maybe you make a note of the date when you open an account. I don’t. I never used that account. I have no clue when I started it.
But Google doesn’t like that answer. So they refused to reinstate my account.
I tried guessing at the date, but had no luck. After submitting the form 3-4 times they said, “Oops. SOMEONE is trying to access your account. And since we’re SO concerned about your privacy, we’re going to shut down this form. Try again in a few days.” So I tried again in three days. But apparently three isn’t a few, and they rejected the form. I tried again in a week. Didn’t reject the form – just the answers.
So that’s where I am right now. I’ve read that they keep a blog for three months before they delete it – or a week. So either it’s still out there, or it’s not. But unless someone has a crystal ball that can tell me the exact date I opened the account, it’s moot.
So I’m starting all over. The universe has taken my high school and college yearbooks (well, the movers lost them), my parents’ furniture (another long story), and now my blog. Apparently someone is trying to tell me something!
Bear with me as I tweak the format of this new blog. But the address won’t change. Unless I piss off another set of gods.
It’s great to be back. I’ve been busy while I was gone, and have stories to tell. But right now, I’m going to grab a cup of coffee and search the web for more cached copies of my old posts. And maybe take another stab at that ^%$# form.
I missed you all! Leave a comment and let me know that you found me, so I’m not sitting here writing to no one, thinking someone’s out there…thanks!!