On 31JUL I received the following e-mail:
Your blog at: http://thelawdogfiles.blogspot.com/ has been identified as a potential spam blog. To correct this, please request a review by filling out the form at http://www.blogger.com/unlock-blog.g?lockedBlogID=22957834
Your blog will be deleted within 20 days if it isn't reviewed, and you'll be unable to publish posts during this time. After we receive your request, we'll review your blog and unlock it within two business days. If this blog doesn't belong to you, you don't have to do anything, and any other blogs you may have won't be affected.
We find spam by using an automated classifier. Automatic spam detection is inherently fuzzy, and occasionally a blog like yours is flagged incorrectly. We sincerely apologize for this error. By using this kind of system, however, we can dedicate more storage, bandwidth, and engineering resources to bloggers like you instead of to spammers. For more information, please see Blogger Help: http://help.blogger.com/bin/answer.py?answer=42577
Thank you for your understanding and for your help with our spam-fighting efforts.
The Blogger Team
P.S. Just one more reminder: Unless you request a review, you won't be able to use your blog. Click this link to request the review: http://www.blogger.com/unlock-blog.g?lockedBlogID=22957834
I noted several things about this e-mail -- one of which was that the e-mail was sent to my TheLawDogFiles-at-g-mail-dot.com address.
Since my account here at Blogger (and this blog, which is, obviously, part of the account) uses a totally different e-mail address ... I would have thought that the folks at Blogger would not only have known this, but would have had access to my account e-mail.
Since the notification came to the public -- and blind -- e-mail address located prominently on the front page of my blog, I figured it was a clumsy attempt at phishing for personal information, or my Blogger account details.
Because, you know, if the Staff at Blogger needed to contact med about my account/blog, they'd use my official account/blog e-mail in their records, right?
Shows what I know.
Got in from work last night, log in to the old blog -- and I find a chirpy little note informing me that posting to my blog has been locked due to it being a spam blog. If a mistake had been made, the note went on to say, then I should click on a link, and my blog would be reviewed with posts allowed after a review which would take place sometime in the next two working days.
Until then, sayeth the note, I could save 'Drafts' of any posts -- which could be posted after the review -- in two working days -- and ... if ... my blog was determined not to be, in fact, a spam blog.
This front page notice is about as much explanation as Blogger apparently deems appropriate for this kind of situation.
You know, renting some web-space and setting up The LawDog Files someplace free from the foibles and whims of a faceless someone else is starting to look pretty good about right now.