There’s no such thing as a free blog

Wisconsin blogger Ann Althouse is in trouble. Someone complained and her blog was flagged as spam. Now she’s without it. All of it. She writes at blogspot, a Google branch.

She’s set up a Facebook page and is blogging at a mirror if you want more details.

This isn’t a case of schadenfreude. I’d be desperate. I will say I feel better about my long-ago decision to self host and fund my little $150 a year hobby with a domain name and hosting. Believe me when I confess I have had hobbies that cost much more as the evidence in my basement will attest.

One last teaching moment: If you run a blog, back it up. On schedule; always.


  1. The Lorax says:

    Your titled reminds me of the quote you derived it from, and moreover the book its from. Did you ever read any Heinlein? Maybe too hippie for you.

  2. jimspice says:

    You do realize that all of blogger was down for the better part of the day, right?

  3. Of course I do. There’s an argument that some blogs are taking more time than others to return, but there’s also a thread in the discussion that indicates the scenario I posted. That one is the one proffered by Althouse.

  4. Lorax, I’m old. I first learned TANSTAFL before you were born. But no, I don’t know the other author you mention.

  5. John Foust says:

    Wikipedia says “The phrase and the acronym are central to Robert Heinlein’s 1966 libertarian science fiction novel ‘The Moon is a Harsh Mistress’, which popularized it.”

  6. I am quite sure she was just caught up in the gigantic Google SNAFU that took down thousands of blogspot sites the other day. No conspiracy here, just a screwup. She’s back. Nothing to see here. Though of course you’re right about free services, trusting the cloud, and not keeping backups.

    John — Thanks for the Heinlein reference — one of my favorite books as a kiddo.

  7. Gosh, you mean maybe Althouse wasn’t targeted?