Monday, February 25, 2019

LAVENDER DREAMS, DIANE'S NEW BLOG

Update as of 9.57 a.m. February 26th, 2019. 

Diane has her blog back as of this morning. Thanks for letting me know Eileen. That is good news. I will leave my post as is, just to let everyone know to be aware. 

The following is a post from the new Lavender Dreams, which I read about on Eileen's blog.  Her link can be found here. I feel like this could happen to any one of us, so thought to copy it in its entirety, having read that Diane wants to let everyone know her situation.  As permission is given to copy this one post, I thought it would be easier to learn this from Diane and her hubby, Mr. Lavender D.  I wish Diane the best of luck, and I am happy to help get the word out.



Saturday, February 23, 2019



The Behemoth squashes the little Lavender Dreamer

That's right. "The Rise of the Machines" is upon us. Our former happy little blog (lavenderdreamstoo.blogspot.com) was suddenly terminated.

Why and how was it done? It wasn't someone reporting us. It was Google's automated piece of software (a bot) that roams the Blogger world looking for pre-programmed words of woe. Once it detects something it kills the whole blog without warning. Without any notification about these supposed offending words. Without an opportunity to fix anything. Just ZAP ... your digital life is deleted. Everything is gone!

Ten years of blogging, thousands of posts, many thousands of photos, over ten thousand comments and a hundred thousand heart-felt words all gone in an instant. Devastating! Be warned all you innocents in blogland.

The blog was actually removed twice, for "phishing". Which, as you all know, is absurd. We have never asked for your personal, private information. The Appeals process reinstated the blog the first time then the Google Bot zapped us again the next day. But the second time we were locked out of the Appeals process. We tried sending Feedback. Never got a answer. Tried to post to the Blogger Help Community. They never published the post. Located twenty phone numbers for Google. The numbers are all automated and only a couple allowed you to leave a message. We left messages. Never got a callback.

Google/Blogger pronounces you guilty using an "automated system" (their words) and gives you little or no opportunity to prove otherwise. It's been a nightmare. (for more details see the timeline post below)

So what choice do we have now that Google/Blogger has burned down our blog? Like the Phoenix from Greek mythology we shall rise from the ashes with this new blog. We will start over and hope that our many friends and followers will be able to find us and that they will never ever have to suffer the same fate.
Mr. Lavender D.

You can imagine how devastating this has been to me. I appreciate my sweet hubby taking the time to help me start a new blog. But can I ask all of you to do me a favor? Will you please put a sentence or two in your next post to let people know where I am and what has happened to me? You can say that my blog was unfairly removed by Blogger and we are trying our best to get it back, but for now I will post updates on the process here:
lavenderdreamsnew.blogspot.com
And also a plea to Blogger to bring back lavenderdreamstoo. We're a supportive community! Maybe they will listen if we all voice our consternation together!
Thank you, Lavender Dreamer Diane

You have our permission to copy and paste any part or all of this post to your social media. At the very least please post a few lines on your own blog about what's happened to Lavender Dreams and include our new blog address. Thanks. MrLD

20 comments:

  1. What an awful blow to have this happen. Totally not fair.

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    1. It would be horrible to lose everything like that. Good news is that she has her blog back as of this morning. Let’s hope she has no further problems.

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  2. How terrible, had no idea this could happen!

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    1. I backup my blog on blogger every 3 months for what it is worth.

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  3. Terrible. I would be devastated as this is one way I lay down memories. What I do not understand if Why the blog was taken off so that the rest of us can avoid it?

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    1. No rhyme nor reason where those auto bots are concerned.

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  4. I had seen Eileen's post. I wasn't familiar with the blog before that.

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    1. I hadn’t been to Lavender Dreams in a long time and did not realize anything had happened until I read Eileen’s post.

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  5. It's scary, Denise. It makes me realise how powerless we are. I think of a blog as mine own but it just shows how wrong I am.

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    1. It just shows me how important it is to back up our blogs Valerie.

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  6. Hello Denise, I just saw that Diane has her blog back this morning..YAY!
    Wishing you a happy day!

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    1. Thanks for letting me know Eileen. Much appreciated.

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  7. she got it back but it is gone again, Google is working with her to get it back online

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    1. Good news is that she has it back again after Google has helped her.

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  8. very scary; we are at the mercy of only a couple of companies that have monopolies over just about everything on the internet, not good

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    1. Yes Linda, we need more of these companies out their. It would benefit all of us.

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  9. Here I am Denise!! Thank you SO much for helping me get this information to our blog friends. What a crazy week it's been and I appreciate you supporting me through it all. Blog friends are the best! Come back to Lavender dreams too when you can! Sweet hugs, Diane

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    1. Great to hear from you Diane and I am VERY happy that you are back again. I will be heading on over ASAP. Sweet hugs back to you :)

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  10. I would be distraught if that happend to me, so many memories gone up in smoke as it were. The other Diane

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    1. Me too Diane, I hadn't thought to back up my blog for a while. This has reminded me that I really need to.

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