Friday, May 27, 2005

Really Bad Problems with the Belmont Club

The Belmont Club is now totally unavailable. I am attempting to get Blogger to resolve the issues but there is no online support and the only replies I receive are canned email replies. Any ideas, anyone?

B writes to suggest that I edit or change my template in Blogger and republish. I have done this several times in the past when it worked but have tried it again to no effect. Most recently I've attempted to 'rename' Belmont to another URL but no soap so far. My own guess is that it is a database problem related to size of Belmont Club. Unfortunately there are no people who will talk to me (or to anyone else) at Blogger so that alley is blocked. Fortunately, I've saved the HTML of my posts so I can rebuild it somehow, if need be. However, all the old links will die and I am trying to avoid this.


Blogger bill said...

Set up your own server with Get your own server account(paid), or join RedState.

Blogger is totatlly unresponsive to inquiries, I have given up and just wait it out. Eventually it comes back, but sometimes it takes a week before it begins to work again.

Blogger is working now for me, but every day you never know. I think the strain is seriously beginning to take a toll.

5/27/2005 01:23:00 PM  
Blogger someone said...

Have Instapundit put up a "Blogger sucks" post for you.

Worked for Althouse.

5/27/2005 01:25:00 PM  
Blogger Bane said...

I was down for all afternoon and evening Tuesday. I really thought I had lost my blog. Works fine, now. I cut Blogger slack because, hey, it's free.

5/27/2005 03:20:00 PM  
Blogger deignan said...


Your site is fairly well-read and has some archival significance.

I think it's past time for you to go pro.

5/27/2005 03:25:00 PM  
Blogger Tony said...

Thanks for sharing, didn't realize this happened so often.

Nice recovery, Wretchard.

5/27/2005 03:50:00 PM  
Blogger Bruce said...

You can always check on to see what's up (or down). Their latest message:

Due to a hardware error, a percentage of Blog*Spot users will run into intermittent trouble when trying to access their blogs. We have people in the datacenter working on the problem and anticipate that this will be corrected during the next two hours.

I got hit with the same thing on Tuesday, and tried the "republish" bit. Between Worlds came back up the next morning, but I had to redo my template anyway.

5/27/2005 04:11:00 PM  
Blogger Norman said...

Wretchard provides a really valuable, important service. Not only Wretchard, but so many of the commenters, whom he has attracted to his site.

I'm not a web-type programmer. But going the server route might be the answer, if someone who has the background, can put Wretchard's archives into a database (SQL?). I

I don't think would be the best place to get a server, though. There are quite a few web hosters around. Look at, for example.

I gotta think about this some more. He'll need good stand-alone blogging software...

Whatever we can do; I think Wretchard is feeling a little down right now, and I don't blame him. I have 3 separate URL's to Belmont Club.

5/27/2005 04:20:00 PM  
Blogger badanov said...

Would a mirror hewlp? I can offer space on my servers.

5/27/2005 05:33:00 PM  
Blogger Merv said...

A few months a go I went through a similar problem with Blogger that was always attributal to a server problem. The Blogger support people would eventually respond to my inquiries, but it was usually after the problem had been cleared up. Sometimes the problem was attributal to the browser cache being overloaded. Clearing the cache would sometimes solve the problem. Other times opening a new browser tab in Firefox would work. Other times reverting to Internet Explorer would get things to post.

My speculation is that you site is on a different server than mine, At this point I am having no problems posting. Hopefully some of these suggestions may work for you.

5/27/2005 06:41:00 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

I've been using the ftp publishing option with blogger for a while and it works very well. I think all of your existing links would work as well.

5/27/2005 06:49:00 PM  
Blogger winky 2008 and a half said...

hang in there.

5/27/2005 08:28:00 PM  
Blogger rinoid said...


I noticed when you skipped to and then back to blogspot you had trouble.

Would you like some pro bono help setting up a blogging tool like MovableType or WordPress?

drop me a note if so... thanks for your site.

5/27/2005 09:35:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

It's my understanding that they already have future hosting arranged at Pajamas, is that correct, Wretchard?
I always guessed the slow response in the past was a database problem.
Now they've got it responding nicely, it just won't work for the club!

5/28/2005 12:07:00 AM  
Blogger solex said...

Let me say what's been said a hunderd times already: GET YOUR OWN SERVER!

Research some blogging software (check out for a good one), buy a virtual server (might I suggest You own it. You do with it as you please. You have real tech support when the server becomes inaccessible. Etc., etc., etc.

You should have done this a long time ago Wretchard.

5/28/2005 06:34:00 AM  
Blogger solex said...

Oh yes... if you need help, I and many others would be more than willing to help.

5/28/2005 06:37:00 AM  
Blogger Teflon said...

We're in the same boat you are at MoltenThought, although our archives are undoubtedly a lot smaller.

Republishing the index or blog won't resolve this particular issue---for us, it's hanging at 0% Published through all avenues. Mail To won't help. FTP won't help, since we've got our site outside of blogspot, can ping and FTP to and from it just fine through Dreamweaver. This seems to be a Blogger database issue.

We've sent in the e-mails as well, without response. We're working with our web hoster (the quite excellent Solucian for a free plug) to get server side SQL apps loaded which will facilitate the move to WordPress.

We've been unable to post since 7/24, although all of our posts show up in the Edit queue and it seems that the Publish function is the only problem.

Just FYI---looks like we're all in this together.

5/28/2005 08:12:00 AM  
Blogger PatCA said...

Althouse is experiencing the same problems. Time to leave Blogger! I'm on typepad and I always get a personalized answer. My site is smaller than yours, but always works.

5/28/2005 09:58:00 AM  
Blogger nacm said...

Send me an email at if cash would help.

5/28/2005 03:34:00 PM  
Blogger hollymer said...

Wretchard, your site is just too good to be this hard to find....time to get all of us who learn so much from you and your readers to pay up....more than happy to donate...what do you need??? I agree that your own server is probably the solution.

5/28/2005 11:52:00 PM  

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