Google Explains Blogger Outage

05/13/2011 02:35 pm ET | Updated Jul 13, 2011

After nearly 24 hours of downtime, Google's blogging platform Blogger is almost back to normal.

For much of Thursday and part of Friday, Blogger sites were in read-only mode because of maintenance issues. Content created between Wednesday and Thursday was removed during the outage, but Blogger says it will be back up soon.

Just before 1:30 p.m., Blogger Tech Manager Eddie Kessler announced that users could once again sign in to their blogs. Kessler also offered an apology and explanation for the blackout.

Wrote Kessler,

[D]uring scheduled maintenance work Wednesday night, 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.

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