Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Blog Deleted. Beware and Back-up!

I am posting a letter that Gautami sent out, just so you all are aware of what could happen to your blog too. I am now going to back up all my stuff. I hope Gautami can find her blog again, and recover the files.

Hello friends,

As of now my blog http://readingandmorereading.blogspot.com has been deleted without any information or intimation. I am in some kind of shock. As all of you know, our blogs are our tiny worlds, our family. And loss of a book blog is like cutting of the intellect side.

I have lost 650 posts. Out of which more than half were book reviews. Starting from scratch seems like a burden. But I will do that if I am unable to retrieve it in a couple of days.

I was thinking of having a mirror blog for my book review blog like I have for my poetry blog but before I got around it, it was deleted. Why/how, I can't answer it.

I have gone to the help forum but I don't know if they will help me. As I see it, lots of blog have been deleted over the weekend.

King Rat did send me a website for searching and retrieving. I am still trying to get around it without much success.

Meanwhile I need your support love and lot more.


I will leave messages on my poetry blog. Please do visit me there:


You can also direct people there


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avisannschild said...

Wow, that really sucks! (I'm backing up my blog as I type this!) Thanks for the warning and I really hope Gautami can manage to retrieve her blog!

Callista said...

OMG That's terrible! I don't even know how to back mine up.

drey said...

Gautami ~ Your blog came up with a warning on mine (drey's library) as having malware. And Firmly Rooted also shows as linking to a site (goodcounter.org) that has malware. That might be why it's gone? Hopefully this can be fixed & you can get it back... ((hugs))

drey said...

forgot to add - both warnings showed up Google's chrome browser.

gautami tripathy said...

Thanks for posting this, Bethany! I can read my posts on my reader. I think the only good thing I did was to subscribe to my own blog! That means I can retrieve a lot of my own posts to another blog which I created a little while back. Book reviews are prefered and then I will see which other posts I wish to import.

Meanwhile I am hoping my blog will come back to me.

I am glad I got back-up for my poetry blog. I can't see my creative post go down the drain!

Dawn - She is Too Fond of Books said...

What a terrible thing to happen! Bethany, thanks for posting this, and for the reminder to back up!

Gautami - I hope all your back posts can be retrieved! It looks like your having some success in that area.

raych said...

*stomach churns*

This would seriously kill me. I would abandon blogging altogether.

Alea said...

Yes, how do you go about backing up a blog? I would like to do that but I have no idea how!

avisannschild said...

Callista and Alea, since you both have Blogger blogs, I know the answer to your question. Go into "Settings" and click on "Export blog" at the top of the page. It's that easy!

Alea said...

Avis- Thanks! Of course they have to put it right next to the delete blog button! Ah!

Tea said...

This is too sad. I'm so sorry. Blogs are like family. Thank you for warning us.

S. Krishna said...

I'm so sorry this happened, Gautami. Bethany, thanks so much for letting us know!

Alyce said...

Thanks for the heads up! I had no idea that could happen. My thanks to you Bethany for posting this, and to Avisannchild for the back up tips. I'm so sorry that you lost your blog Guatami! I can't even imagine what I would do in that situation.

N.Vasillis said...

Bethany, thanks for posting this. It's a warning to us all to backup our babies!

Guatami, I hope you can retrieve your blog.

Ruth @ Bookish Ruth said...

Gautami, I'm so sorry that this happened to you! I hope you're able to retrieve your posts. I'm heading back over the back up my own blog now. Thanks for letting us know.

Nymeth said...

I'm so sorry, Guatami :( I hope there's a way you can recover it somehow.

Trish said...

Oh no!! I hope everything works out. This reminds me of when Ramya was marked as spam. :( Guess I need to spend some time backing up!

Callista said...

Thanks Alea!

Anonymous said...

Oh my, that's bad! I'll be backing up my blog tonight just in case! :(

I was passing by with better news though : if you go by my blog, you'll find an award waiting for you! :)

Red lady-Bonnie said...

Thanks for posting this and I am so sorry for Gautami! We would all feel the same way if we lost our blogs. I hope that you can find a way to retrieve your postings and reviews. I will be backing up my blog to prevent this and thanks for letting us all know.

Red lady-Bonnie said...

One more thing, did you have a problem with the spammer named Ed? I was hit by him with posts in chinese. I wonder if you don't delete his posts if they have viruses in them that could damage our blogs? I've had to add full moderator control over my comments as he got through even with the word verification up.

J.S. Peyton said...

That is the stuff of nightmares. Warning acknowledged. I'm looking into how to back up my work asap. My heart goes out to Gautami. I hope everything works out for her soon.

Erotic Horizon said...

I am a little late to the discussion, but just wanted to chip in and give my two cents worth on the lose of Gautami blog posts..

I did a post on this a few months ago and it got a bit long winded and eventually we all went off post with the discussion.


There's still enough comment there for anyone to read the gist of what the conversation is about...

Gautami - I do believe in back up - i have a blogspot as my main account, and a Wordpress as my online backup.

Before i started blogging anyhow, i was told about Windows Live writer. Its a neat little software that you write your post into and upload to your blog.. It's quick, flexible, more manageable that using the actual blog post itself and the beauty of this is that it saves everything you have ever post onto your hard drive.

I have never posted directly into blogspot, and i probably never will - don't see the need to. for that matter, i have never posted directly into WordPress either, i use the Windows Live writer.

I hope all is not lost, at least it doesn't sound like it is. Looks like you have been highjacked.

I'll check back constantly to see how you are fairing out..