a hiccup…albeit a big one

The last 12 hours or so has had me pondering the ups and downs of blogging. Not something I’d set out to do when I awoke yesterday. But being blindsided by another “tsunami,” I had to deal with it. I’m becoming very familiar with those of late, as regular readers of my blog are aware.

I’d been writing about being spammed out of leaving comments on other blogs. “Speaking” with WordPress support staff, I was told to check with Akismet, which I did, but got nowhere. So I hunkered down and continued writing, hoping the situation would even itself out. Meanwhile I’d check to see if I was able to leave comments with blogging buddies. Eventually it seemed I could, with a few of them.

I got a message from Akismet saying they’d tweaked the system, leading me to think I would no longer be spammed from participating in the WordPress community. Proceeding to publish my last post, I pressed “click.” What happened next was reminiscent of the viral attack on my laptop several weeks ago. Across the top of my blog were words to the effect that it was suspended because I’d broken rules and regulations, and needed to go elsewhere with my blog, which was no longer suitable for this site. Well, I have to admit it was like a punch to the stomach.

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Recovering somewhat I sent off a message via an automated screen, and clicked “report blog.” That seemed to trigger the message to the entire community that “hugmamma’s mind, body, and soul” was suspended. So it looked to me like I “cooked my own goose,” by seeking help. A couple of friends inquired as to what happened, and I told them what I knew. Waxing philosophical, I decided what occurred was probably inevitable, given that I was labeled a spammer.

I held no ill-will towards WordPress, still don’t, because I’m on their site gratis. I understand I must abide by their rules. I just wasn’t sure which rules I’d broken. But I’d need to “cool my high heels,” or flats as the case may be, and wait to hear back from their review. 

The entire situation was disconcerting to say the least. But now I was free to do other things which I’d neglected. So I puttered, and puttered, and puttered. Eventually I returned to my laptop and began looking through tech sites which reported on WordPress’s recent DDoS, Distributed Denial of Service attack. In so doing, I came to understand its vast reach on the internet, and its correlating, gigantic presence.

My hobbit’s eyes were opened. My spam situation was microbial compared to what WordPress has been dealing with this last week or so. And from what I read, there are only 75 staff who handle millions of customers. I now understood why my blog was probably still reeling from the trickle down effects of the attack. It’s not to say I shouldn’t have queried the support staff about my issues, because they would not otherwise have known. It is true that the “squeaky wheel” gets the oil, or whatever the adage is.

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With such a massive operation, it’s obviously imperative that WordPress is on a highly sophisticated automated system of checks and balances. However it wasn’t infallible to hackers determined to wreak havoc. My blog, it seems, got caught up in the warfare. I’d be curious to know if other blogs were similarly affected.

So while the events of recent days have “stirred the pot” until it boiled over, I’m a little wiser to the downside of blogging. There are things beyond my control, and in those instances I can seek solace in my family and God, knowing that there’s always a bigger picture in which I’m just one of his creatures.

It did help that when I awoke this morning, 2 messages awaited me from the WordPress support staff.

 

Hi, 

Your site was flagged by our automated anti-spam controls. I have reviewed your site and have removed the suspension notice.

We are very sorry for that happening and the inconvenience it caused you.

--

Anthony

WordPress.com

and

> Since my blog, "hugmamma's mind, body, and soul" has been suspended, I wondered if I could have access to my files.

Your site doesn't appear to be suspended - what's the URL of the site that you're speaking of above?

--

Ryan M.

WordPress.com | Automattic

Thankfully, WordPress's relatively small administrative staff does respond to questions from a non-paying blogger like me, even in the midst of managing a major crisis. I tip my hat to them for doing the best they can, which is pretty good, considering.

i'm learning...not such a novice anymore...hugmamma.  

9 thoughts on “a hiccup…albeit a big one

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  2. It’s great to read your blogs again. Even though you were missing for less than a day, it was a noticeable loss. I enjoy your variety of topics and eclectic blogs…….

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    • What would I do without your continuing love and support? Receiving such high praise from an English major is huge. Huge! 🙂

      sending you hugs…always…hugmamma. 😉

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    • You’re a sweetheart! Am glad to be back, and I just left comments on a couple of new blogs. Looks like I’m no longer being spammed. That’s a relief. 🙂

      Thanks for my hamster. I love seeing her up there in the corner of my blog. She’s my blog pet, and I love playing with her. 🙂

      hugs for always lifting my spirits…hugmamma. 😉

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  3. Glad to see you’re back on-line sis. Always remember you are in control of the contents you write down on your site, because it comes from within your heart and no one can take that away from you.

    Keep on bloggin Sis… IMUA

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    • Thanks for your words of comfort. It felt humiliating to be announced as a scammer to everyone who tried to view my blog. Yesterday I had 214 views. Not sure how many of them saw the message, since my blog was suspended in the late afternoon, my time. But I’m moving on, accepting that I wasn’t being targeted, that WordPress had its own problems.

      huge hugs for your encouraging words…sis a.k.a. hugmamma (will email you with more info) 😉

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    • Thanks for your support and comment. Am doing better today. Last night when I saw the message it was a real blow. Felt a little humiliating to be announced as a scammer to the WordPress community.

      But I’m back, and glad to be blogging again, albeit a little tentatively.

      so again…thanks and huge hugs for caring…hugmamma. 🙂

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hugs for sharing some brief thoughts...and keeping them positive

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