Your instructions, for recovering access to my Blogger account, don't work!And alternately, we see the anguish.
I can't login to my Blogger account, because my account is locked!!And the final complaint, which is the most heartbreaking.
I can login, but my blog is not on my dashboard - and someone has filled my blog, with spam!!!These are all reports about the same problem, in alternate universes.
Any time Blogger Engineering changes their account / blog recovery options, and cuts down on the numbers of one of the three, the other two will surely increase in number - because all three are symptoms of the same problem. People simply refuse to remember their account names and passwords.
There is one solution, which would be 100% effective, and drive the numbers of each of the hundreds, to zero.
Everybody, without exception, would simply remember their account name and password.Were that to happen, Blogger Security could remove all "backdoor" accesses and recovery tools, and blog thieves would have to go back to Barista College, or Hamburger University. There would be no more stealing control of peoples accounts or blogs - save maybe by watching somebody in public, as they login.
The recovery instructions do work, for people who make some effort.
The recovery instructions do not work, because you, the blog owner, simply don't make enough effort to remember / retain control of your accounts, or to protect your accounts. And in some cases, you simply have protected your identity, to make you completely anonymous - and can't identify yourself, because you are anonymous.
Remember your login details, and be one of the millions who work on their blogs.
If you remember your account name and password - and do not ever let your account name and password be known in public - you will never have to worry about account / blog recovery. You would then be one of the millions who do not care about account / blog recovery, because they never need to use the recovery tools.
Be prepared to re authenticate, when you travel!
And if you travel, be prepared! Setup Google 2-Step Verification before you step out the door. And whether you travel, or stay in the same place, use your account, and publish your blog, regularly.
Millions don't worry. Become one of the millions. Reduce the numbers of the hundreds.
If you're learning this concept too late - as many are, periodically - start a new blog, and combine the old and new blogs, in a blog cluster.