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The Patrol Blog is your online news source and help desk for We provide tips and instructions on using BlogPatrol, plus updates on enhancements and bug fixes. We also review blogging resources and blogs that pique our interest.

Updated: 2017-05-06T07:06:13.496-04:00


Good night, Good morning, Goodbye... Irene


Bad news:  Due to Hurricane Irene, we lost power to the homegrown server overnight sometime before 6 AM Eastern on 8/28/2011. Good news:  Fortunately, we have already been working on a migration of the server over to a hosted solution.  We successfully cut over from the homegrown server to the hosted solution as of ~8:45 AM Eastern on 8/28/2011.  The site appears to be functioning normally,

BlogPatrol back online


August 14th  @ 5:39 PM is back online and counting stats again.  Due to changes in schedules and availability, I have very limited access to server administration support, so I needed to overcome a steep learning curve in order to fix the issues that caused the site to be down since last Thursday. You may have seen the prominent banner ad showing that BlogPatrol is now listed FOR

Power backup, website backup, but just started fixing database


One step at a time I guess.  We've got power back on site, which means the server is back online.  However, the database tables crashed because the server shutdown was due to a power outage.  Initiating the database repair now.

Good News (Relatively)


The website outage is due to a power blackout where the server is located, not due to a hard disk failure. What this means is that we will be able to get BlogPatrol online sooner rather later, soon after the power comes back on.

BlogPatrol Returning May 8, 2011


Murphy's Law has taken its diredct aim on BlogPatrol.  In addition to the database issues that we have been dealing with over the last week, we are now affected by a failure of the primary hard disk, which is a solid state drive (SSD).  These SSDs are known for their speed, performance -- and burnout rate. Due to scheduling constraints, the earliest that we will be able to fix this hardware

BlogPatrol Server Being Worked On


Been having a run of bad luck with the server and database.  We are working on the issue and hope to have the site up again soon.

BlogPatrol Back Online


I'm sorry folks.  One of the disks on our server crashed and, due to limited schedules, it took us a while to get the site back online.

Database Maintenance on April 23


4/23/11 @ 3:23 PM Currently fixing database so that it renders stats reports properly again.  I expect to be done with maintenance activities within a few hours. 4/24/11 @ 10:20 PM I'm sorry folks, but due to some scheduling issues, I'm only able to get part of the database back online right now.  You should be able to read your stats again finally, but the system may be responding slowly.  Once

FOR SALE: in Summer 2011


Dear BlogPatrol Users: After eight years of the once-in-my-lifetime experience of owning, learning, developing, managing, committing to, and enjoying (and most importantly serving all of you as BlogPatrol's users), I'm announcing that BlogPatrol is undergoing preparations for sale to the right buyer/partner in Summer 2011. The following reasons are driving this decision:

BlogPatrol back online...


BlogPatrol is back online following some issues with our Internet Service Provider and subsequent problems with the database. Stats are now available for all days (except for January 28).  I'm sorry for the extended delay and downtime.

Issues, Fixes & Enhancements


Updated October 16, 2010: Thanks to everyone for your feedback on BlogPatrol issues and enhancements. We're operating BlogPatrol with part-time resources, so we rely on your active support to help us provide you the best service within our means:DEPLOYED as of August 23, 2010:  Display your blog's Top Blogs ranking under the Account Settings portion of your Account Login and Control Panel.

System Down - Database Repair Underway


May 21, 2010, 10:57 AM UTC-4 America/New York BlogPatrol is currently down.  Repairs are currently underway for the BlogPatrol database.  I will post an update when the repair is complete. May 25, 2010, 7:32 AM The system is functional, but not optimal at this time.  The website and database may respond slowly until the database issues can be resolved, hopefully by the end of this week.

Server Issues, Part 2


May 8, 2010 at ~6 PM It turns I had not fixed the problems as I'd originally thought.  The database and server were down from around six o'clock Saturday evening through around mid-day Sunday afternoon as a result. May 9, 2010 at ~2 PM The system should be back online and functioning correctly this time (really).  I'm very sorry! May 10, 2010 at 4:39 PM Please let me know if you find that the

Stats Being Tracked, but Reports Unavailable


May 7, 2010 at 7:12 PM BlogPatrol is currently tracking stats for users, but an issue is preventing the stats reports from displaying properly.  We are looking into this issue and will post an update as soon as possible. 10:50 PM BlogPatrol is functionally again.  I apologize for the inconvenience that this downtime caused everyone.

Problem with Stats and Workaround


We have discovered that there is a problem with the stats, as of: March 20, 2010 @ ~10 PM The regular stats reports are not working properly, but you will find your stats using the classic stats reports.  March 21, 2010 @ ~9:30 AM We have reported this issue to our technical team, who will work on correcting this problem.  Updates will be posted when new info is available. March 21, 2010 @ ~

Users have reported stats issues as of early March 14


March 14, 2010 @ 11:06 PM BlogPatrol users have reported that stats are not being counted and/or that discrepancies are being shown among their stats reports.  We are looking into this issue as of this blog post and will provide an update soon. March 15, 2010 @ 9:18 AM After much troubleshooting and problem solving, we have been able to resolve the issues affecting the system.  Everyone's

BlogPatrol Reconstruction Complete!


February 15, 2010: I'm very pleased to announce that our project is complete and 100% successful!  Not only are all the features of your BlogPatrol account functioning fully for you now, but we have released major upgrades to the service, including: A new architecture that allows us to do system maintenance with minimum downtime. The new architecture includes new hardware that provides a faster

Database Maintenance


November 9, 2009 will be down and not recording any stats during this maintenance period. 2:50 PM UTC-4 (America/New York) - Performing maintenance to verify database integrity and optimize database performance. Purging records down to 14 days to help website and database perform faster for users. 4:59 PM - Doing a second round of purging to get data down to 8 days to help website

Database issue preventing BlogPatrol logins


November 3, 20097:35 AM UTC-5 America/New York: We are aware of a database issue that is preventing users from being able to log into their BlogPatrol accounts. We are working to fix the problem and will post an update when the fix is complete.12:48 PM: We have resolved the issue. BlogPatrol is online and functioning normally again.

Anikin's Blog


The writer at Anikin's Blog is a loyal and dedicated user of's services. I just wanted to take a moment to recognize him as a friend of BlogPatrol and to thank him for his wonderful support!

Scheduled Hardware Upgrade


October 10, will be offline and therefore not recording any stats during this upgrade.11:37 AM UTC-4 (America/New York) - The BlogPatrol server will be offline later today in order to complete a hardware upgrade. The purpose of the upgrade is to replace a 15-month old 10,000 RPM, 300 GB SATA Hard Drive with a brand new 15,000 RPM, 300 GB Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) Hard Drive.

Database Maintenance


October 8, will be down and not recording any stats during this maintenance period.11:50 AM UTC-4 (America/New York) - Performing maintenance to verify database integrity and optimize database performance.12:35 PM - Initial database check completed. Purging records now down to 8 days to help website and database perform faster for users.4:36 PM - Completed a partial database

Database Maintenance


September 19, will be down and not recording any stats during this maintenance period.5:54 PM - Performing maintenance to ensure database integrity.8:40 PM - Database required repair, which has been completed. is online and counting stats again. We apologize for the inconvenience, and thank you for your patience.

Database Maintenance


August 31, will be down and not recording any stats during this maintenance period.8:50 AM - Performing database maintenance script to purge detailed stats down to 8 days.2:00 PM - Completed database maintenance. BlogPatrol is now back online and tracking stats.

Bad Friday - Blackout, then Database crash


August 15, 2009 at 6:06 PMThe database is restored, and we're back online now. We did not track any stats from Friday evening (Aug. 14 circa 5 PM) through Saturday afternoon (Aug. 15, circa 6 PM).I'm going to be making some changes so that I know what's going on right away when these disasters happen.August 15, 2009 at 4:51 PM UTC-4 (America/New York)I'm sorry folks. For a few hours on Friday