Thursday, September 1, 2011

Redirecting Misdirection

Yesterday afternoon was interesting. I turned on my computer, opened Firefox and my blog wasn't on its usual tab. So I clicked the button on my handy bookmarks toolbar to correct the situation.

And my blog was redirected.

I clicked again and again in disbelief. Where was my blog? Why couldn't I keep it open? And why didn't I bookmark my dashboard so I could actually take a look at my account? Panic rose in me as I pictured my readers dropping off and giving up on me. I had to fix this!

Luckily, I also manage my daughter's blog, Pictureka! Her blog did not seem to be experiencing the same problem, so I went through it to get to my dashboard. From there I checked Blogger for recent issues, and not finding anything related to it, I went to the Help forums.

Sometimes you need to look for help, because as much as we would like to do things for ourselves, it's important to remember that we don't know everything. I have always stressed that with my children. We don't have to know everything, we just have to learn how to find answers.

I found my answer after I posted to the help forum. Several people had their blogs redirected thanks to a hack of some third-party widgets. If anyone else is experiencing this problem, send me an email or comment here and I will tell you what to look for in the HTML. I don't want to put the information on this post since I think the hackers had enough fun redirecting my readers. I don't think they deserve any more free publicity. But I will thank them for teaching this blogger a new lesson about widgets and HTML. There is always something new to learn if we always keep ourselves open to learning. My children taught me that.

And I apologize to anyone who came to my blog yesterday afternoon only to be redirected.

6 comments:

Arby said...

I guess that is why the link to the carnival didn't work yesterday. I'll try again.

TobyBo said...

oh, dear. I'm glad you got to the bottom of it. That would be a bit of panic.

And... I have been lazy about visiting blogs, so you may not know. My blog is now here: http://carpebanana.blogspot.com/

jugglingpaynes said...

Good to hear from you! Having a child in college now, I can completely empathize with your laziness! I do my best to keep up with blogs, but I know I don't comment as much as I used to. I'm sure I will have time again...someday. :o)

seekingmyLord said...

I was unaware as Thursdays are my errand day but I am so glad you were able to resolve the problem.

Inner Elder said...

I'm not even sure what I would do if my blog was misdirected. Maybe more people would see it! Love, Mom

Paula Vince said...

I'm glad you have the issue sorted out. Unexpected things do happen. I would've had to ask my children too.

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