Thursday, May 26, 2011

Google Apps and Blogger and me

After a beautiful day today, I had a really bad evening. And it's all because of Google and its decision to consolidate all its products under one account. Google has several products--Gmail, Google Apps, Blogger, Picasa, Reader... a lot. Anyway, they decided that all these products should be accessed by a user under one account.

That's a really good idea (no sarcasm here whatsoever) so I did what they told me to do and consolidated my accounts. Here then was the unexpected problem, and I'll let Google explain it:

For at least 30 minutes, I lost access to my Blogger account because I used to sign in to Blogger. My Blogger and Google Apps were in conflict. I was surprised at how I reacted when I logged in to Blogger and these words appeared: "The account does not exist." I gasped then panicked then, trembling, tried to recover my account then when those terrible words kept popping up, I wept. Wept!

I lost Topaz Horizon! I lost Topaz Mommy! I was literally shaking for 30 minutes. I felt nauseated and dizzy. I was so upset! Then I signed in again and this time I got through and a temporary email address was set up for me. You cannot imagine the relief that washed over me. I thought I was going to faint from it. I think the last time I felt this bad was when my mother died.

Fuck, it's so melodramatic. But it's true. All of the above hysteria did happen. If you follow me on Twitter, you'd have witnessed my meltdown. This just brought home the fact that I really truly do care about my blogs. I mean, I really do, but it's always just been a happy thing to do. Faced with their loss, I realized that they are far more important than I thought. Like I said, the last time I felt that bad was when my mother died.

Anyway, now I must move data. Or move email addresses. Still plodding through the whole thing. But I see the light at the end of the tunnel. I think my blogs will be fine. Me? I don't know. I kinda feel strange that the supposed death of my blogs affected me like a real death.

I think I need to get a life.


  1. i know why i'm having a hard time logging in a while ago.

    i hate it when they do something like this.

    or maybe i just didn't check my dashboard beforehand for any updates that they will do.

  2. hi, sorry to hear what you went through last night, good thing that the blog didn't get lost and you were able to see it and slowly move them one by one, i could just imagine how devastated you were that first 30mins... wouldn't want topaz horizon to get lost

  3. Thia, Google's been warning me naman enough. Lotsa emails about the consolidation, the cloud, the migration, etc. It's just that when I finally did it, well, let's just say change is hard on the system =)

    Thanks, Cheer!

  4. I don't think you need to get a life naman, just because you felt such an acute sense of loss when you thought you lost your blog. I know how much hard work, time and emotion goes into a blog (not to mention three!) and the prospect of having lost all that in an instant is enough to drive anyone mad. I would go into a bit of a panic, too, if I lost my blog and I've only been blogging for less than a year!

  5. Oh, Don'tSmile, it was horrible, horrible. I broke into a cold sweat, I was weeping into my hands, I put my head down on my desk or lay down on the bed when I felt the world blacking out, I was trembling uncontrollably. GRABE! And even when it was fixed na, I was still crying out of relief. Until the next day! OTT my reaction!!! I wanted to slap myself!

  6. But thanks for understanding =)

  7. Of course. Like I said, I probably would go mad too, if that happened. It's easy to see naman that you pour your heart and soul into this, so I can imagine the turmoil. I think Chuvaness had a mini-breakdown as well when her livejournal blog was temporarily suspended, so you're in good company. Haha.


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