Roughly $5 per month is all it costs to get host your blog on your own website, but people still flock to Blogger simply because it’s free. Well, Laura William’s Musings learned today exactly what “free” gets you-
Dear Blogger user,
This is a message from the Blogger team.
Your blog, at http://laurawilliamsmusings.blogspot.com/, has been identified as a potential spam blog.
For an explanation of what spam blogs are, please see Blogger Help: http://help.blogger.com/bin/answer.py?answer=42577
You will not be able to publish posts to your blog until we review your site and confirm that it is not a spam blog.
To request a review, please fill out the form found here: (go to a link they shared with me).
We will take a look at your blog and unlock it within four business days.
Please note that if we do not hear from you within 20 days, we will remove your blog. If this blog does not belong to you, then you do not have to do anything. Any other blogs you may have will not be affected. Since you are an actual person reading this, your blog is probably not spam. We find spam by using an automated classifier. Automatic spam detection is inherently fuzzy, and occasionally a blog is flagged incorrectly. We sincerely apologize for this erroneous result. By using this kind of system, however, we can dedicate more storage, bandwidth, and engineering resources to users like you instead of to spammers.
Thank you for your understanding and for your help in our spam-fighting efforts.
The Blogger Team
With WordPress so easy to use, literally millions of people willing to help with support, and hosting so incredibly cheap, I’m simply out of sympathy for people who get screwed by Blogger. Based on the comments (on both the post and this PPP forum thread) and Laura’s far from the only one this has happened to, either. Of course, it didn’t take long for people to start rallying around Laura with the anti-Google cries for boycott, etc.
The fact of the matter is that as long as you’re depending on someone else’s free service you have zero control over your own blog. There is no recourse against Google because they haven’t violated the contract she agreed to when using their service. Although I have zero suspicion that Laura’s blog is actually a splog, she’s still the one responsible for not having access to it at the moment. You can’t have your cake and eat it to. $5 a month would have avoided the entire situation.