A Blog, Not On Your Dashboard, Has Various Causes

We see many complaints, worded in various ways, about "missing" blogs, in Blogger Help Forum: Get Help with an Issue.
My blog is not on my dashboard!
I logged in this morning, and I see
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You are not an author on any blogs yet ...
There are many reasons for these reports - and not all may be what they seem.

The causes of "missing" blogs vary widely, from blogs deleted by Blogger (or the owner) to blogs owned under another account (the claimant or a third party). Chances for recovery may vary, similarly.

A blog, when it is missing from your dashboard, may be deleted - it may be misplaced - or it may be stolen. In some cases, you may see the blog, on the dashboard - but not have options to do much of anything.

  • The blog is owned by another account, which you may control.
  • The blog was moved from your account, to another account.
  • The blog was deleted from your dashboard.
  • The blog is on the dashboard, but with no useful options.

How many blog owners have never seen this bit of bad news?

If the Blogger account is locked, you may see this when you try to access the blog, using the URL.

The blog is owned by another account, which you may control.

You may have created an additional account, which you are now using - and overlooking the correct account, which owned or owns the blog.

Recovery will consist of identifying the owning account, then by recovering control of the blog, using "Forgot?". It will help, to know how to identify the current Blogger account, and / or the current Google+ account - and possibly, how to determine access level.

If the blog is locked, because of detected hacking activity, you will have to login with the right Blogger account - while using a blind login.

The blog was moved from your account, to another account.

Your Blogger account may have been compromised, and your blogs moved to an account which somebody else controls.

Here, chances for recovery are not good - as Blogger is legally unable to help you, with a stolen blog. If you voluntarily gave control to a friend, you have some chance of recovery - depending upon how good the friendship may be.

The blog was deleted from your dashboard.

Blogs may be deleted from your dashboard for many reasons - either by you (accidentally, or on purpose) - or by Blogger, for any of several reasons.

If you deleted the blog - and if you act promptly, you may be able to restore the blog - if you have access to the correct Blogger account.

If Blogger deleted the blog for abuse, you will have to appeal the deletion. If Blogger locked the blog, because of hacking, you may have to wait, while the account and blogs are examined.

The blog is on the dashboard, but with no useful options.

In some cases, the blog may be listed on the dashboard - but have a very limited menu. The blog may be owned by an account which you own (but do not recognise) - or by another person.

Recovery will depend upon your ability to identify the owner - and your relationship with the owner (who may be you, or a different person).

Confusion is normal, when recovering a blog.

One of the problems with "missing" blogs is that the symptoms are easily confused. Some missing blogs require careful forensic examination, to simply determine the situation - then more analysis, to determine a solution. Not all blog owners are patient enough to endure the examination and analysis process.

All of these possibilities may explain one more reason for some blog owners considering the account / blog recovery process to be flakey.


Kathy Heath said…
I have an old blog I would like to delete. I assume Blogger deleted it from my dashboard because it has been inactive for so long, but if I put the URL in it still works. When I login to Blogger I see exactly what is in the first picture you posted here. It seems as though contacting them is impossible, and you just have to troubleshoot on your own. Any tips on how I can delete my old blog?
Chuck Croll said…
Hi Kathy,

Thanks for the question.

If this post - and linked posts - don't explain your problem, and the choices that you have, why not post in Blogger Help Forum: Get Help with an Issue, so we can diagnose your problem?

Maybe we'll get you an answer, maybe a correction for my posts. We'll not know, unless you pot there.