Yesterday, for a couple of hours, my blog disappeared. When I tried to log in, Blogger said I didn't exist and invited me to start a new blog. I cannot tell you the slow panic. All the photos I have stored here, all the moments I have set down, important to no one else perhaps, but urgently significant to me. I sat tapping buttons and firing off messages to the void for close to two hours. And then, suddenly, it was back. I immediately backed everything up over at WordPress, trying to make peace with the reality that everything can go poof without warning, engulfed in virtual flame.
Google is big brother. I don't think it was a mere accident. Call me paranoid, but I think it was all a ploy to get more of my information. I think they said, We'll show you, because I kept refusing to supply my phone number when I logged into gmail. Now they have it all, they kept asking for more and more pieces of me in the name of solving my "issue." And then, the fact that there is no human you can call, no soul you can petition about the theft. All this to say, back up your blogs, people. There are are no guarantees.