What Would You Do If Your Blog Got Terminated?


Blogs get terminated all of the time (This usually happens when a person violates the terms of service of the free blogging platform that they are on).

Self-hosted blogs are not immune either; their hosting provider can take them down them if:

  • They contain malware.
  • The owners of the blogs do not pay their hosting fees.
  • They use excessive server resources.

So, blogs can be here today and gone tomorrow.

The last thing that any blogger wants is for their blog to be terminated.

What would your reaction be if you discovered that the blog you devoted a lot of time to was terminated?

You Might Cry Like A Newborn Baby

A lot of bloggers would cry if they found out that their blog was terminated.

Everyone who blogs is aware of the fact, that blogging involves a lot of hard work (It is a labour of love).

In the proverbial sense, all of their hard work has gone down the drain.

You Might Start A New Blog

In spite of having your blog terminated, you might create a new one.

You would most likely pay close attention to WordPress.com’s Terms of Service or if you decided to go the self-hosted route, you would make a conscientious effort to go through your hosting provider’s terms of service with a fine-tooth comb.

Any blogger who underwent the unpleasant experience of seeing their first blog (or any of their blogs) terminated will do their best to avoid committing any sort of violation.

You Might Laugh Aloud

Those bloggers who created their blogs with the intention of spamming others or with the intention of committing illicit activities will get their blogs taken down. They might laugh and say, “It took you long enough,” and go on another free blogging platform with the high hopes of carrying out their nefarious online behaviour.

Truthfully speaking, those types of people do not care if their blogs get terminated because they know to themselves that they are on borrowed time.

You Might Give Up On Blogging

The termination of one’s blog could have a negative impact on their life. They may end up thinking to themself, “Why should I create another blog when it can also be taken down?”

That would be a pity because:

  • They would be unable to express themself via their new blog.
  • They would be unable to have fun with their new blog.
  • They have denied themself the chance to entertain others.
  • They will not be around to educate others.

If they happen to be one of those great bloggers, they will be sadly missed by their blogging community.

Final Thoughts

Luckily for me, I have never had any of my blogs on Blogger or on WordPress terminated for violating their terms of service (They only disappeared from cyberspace because I grew tired of them and deleted them).

I would not like to have my present blog terminated either.

However, if for some reason it gets terminated, I would sigh aloud and say to myself, “So, this is how it ends.”

What about you?

How will you react if you found out one day that your blog was terminated?

103 thoughts on “What Would You Do If Your Blog Got Terminated?

  1. Hi Renard, I have never heard of this – except maybe with Blogger accounts on Google. That’s why I love having a self-hosted blog. Although with cheap hosting your site could go down, been there done that way back when. Are many blogs really being terminated today?

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        1. 🙂 You are welcome, Lisa.

          It would not hurt to read your hosting provider’s terms of service.

          Companies like Bluehost and SiteGround will let you know what is allowed and what is not allowed to take place on their servers.

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  2. I haven’t heard of any blog that I follow being terminated though some spammers deserve it. I try to keep on the right side of law and so I don’t think that it’ll be terminated

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  3. Hi Renard, food for thought. I would be quite angry if it was just taken down with no warning to delete or change an offending post or no explanation, especially after all the time invested and work I’ve put into my blog. Oddly, I only read earlier tonight that it can happen on WordPress.com. It has made me begin to contemplate transferring my blog to a self-hosted WordPress.org blog for more control, but I’m not sure if that will affect my existing stats etc.

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    1. 🙂 Once you do not violate WordPress’s terms of service, you should be okay.

      In regards to stats being affected when going self-hosted, you should ask the customer service representative of your chosen hosting provider about that.

      My educated guess is that if you are transferring your current domain to a new hosting provider, your stats should not be affected.

      Thank you for reading and commenting!

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      1. Thanks for the reply, particularly on the self hosting. I’m already paying for hosting for some other websites and it is WordPress approved. I am currently on the cheapest WP.com plan mainly to eliminate ads. It might be worth the hassle to “break the chains”. Cheers!

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  4. I’ve thought about terminating my blog a few times.
    If my blog was taken down it might feel like getting fired from a job I had outgrown or a wife who files for divorce first. Lol.
    The idea that a blog could be gone tomorrow makes me think about the need to have a back up and write more posts in Word and stop writing everything in the editor.

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    1. 🙂 What you have mentioned should not be a problem, Donald. There are lots of people who publish blog posts about the military and their blogs have not been terminated.

      Thank you for reading and commenting!

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  5. Oh Renard I have been down this road years ago…Yahoo 360 where I started out in 2005 became Multiply…..things were going great. I’d built up a following with Mingflower the Merciless Siamese & The Purrfect Pad was on its’ way. And then in 2012 Multiply announced they were closing Blog part of their site down. I scrambled not knowing how to save anything & lost the entire blog pix & all. I was devastated…..I was invited over to WordPress & 6 of my blogging friends were there….it was not easy but NYLABLUE & I met so many new people who have been a part of my life for years now. WordPress is ‘home’ for The Purrfect Pad….I pray I never have t leave here. I am MUCH older now & set in my ways.
    And yes I cried like a baby when I lost blogs from 2005-12……but I did rebuild…..I would liek to think I still had it in me to rebuild again if need be….
    Sincerely, Sherri-Ellen aka BellaSita Mum an **purrss** BellaDharma

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  6. I can’t see my blog being terminated but if it gets to that path I will be so broken.

    A quick one, in cases where one’s blog which has been on the right path is accidentally terminated( I don’t know whether it has ever happened but, what if it does?) Can it be recovered?

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    1. 🤔 Hmm. That is a very good question. The chances of a blog being terminated by accident (especially if the blog has been on the right path) are unheard of.

      I would speculate that there is a possibility of getting your blog back online if such a thing were to happen.

      Thank you for reading and commenting!

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  7. What would I do when one of my WordPress blogs get terminated? No panic, no crying, no anger, no frustration, or any of that kind of thing.

    All the posts on My Homepage self-hosting and the WordPress.com blog I have saved. I have saved two backups of each blog on two USB sticks, dated and categorized.

    When either one gets terminated, I’ll go some place else for both blogs, and start anew. It is more likely to happen with the WordPress.com than with the self-hosting weblog.

    The owner of the computer shop is my provider. He sublets space. So, no problem here.

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  8. If its my WordPress, I will be a little disappointed. But I will learn to get over it.

    As for my current one on Blogger, I may be a little more upset, but whether I would start another,I don’t really know. This is a question I have asked myself for some months.
    I know whatever happens, I would have to have some writing outlet in some form.

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  9. I think Renard l would be pretty fluffed off. However, l stick to the straight and narrow anyway with most things. I have played world of warcraft for 17 years and there are players who think they can cheat the system in that game, they either get a suspension or a ban for x period of time.

    With World of warcraft or other types of online games that you have spent years on, working with your characters, they serve as almost extensions to your soul, but take that ideology out and you are still left with a huge investment of your time, blood, sweat and tears and the very last thing you want is to do something stupid and lose everything you have worked for.

    I would be very upset if l lost my blog.

    BUT, if l lost it due to stupidity on my side, l would only have myself to blame.

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    1. 🙂 I love the example that you gave with online gaming, Rory.

      Almost any blogger would be angry if they lost their blog.

      As you have rightly stated, the blame would fall on us if we did something rather stupid with our blog and lost it.

      Thank you for reading and commenting!

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  10. I tend to back my blog up on a localhost machine every few months
    That wouldn’t keep the stats or subscribers. But not everything would be lost.
    Having been hacked a few times backin the early days and lost months of images and art I know the pain all to well.
    But you over come the loss and start new projects.
    Played several online games for years that closed down too.
    I guess the fun is in the creation.
    Stimulating post Renard

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  11. Correct me if I’m wrong, but aren’t we at risk of getting our blogs terminated if we are using yourblog.wordpress.com? I recently upgraded to a domain site so I am not sure if personal sites are exempt from being terminated.

    I am on edge about social media because it could disappear on us, and we wouldn’t know what hit us. I don’t want to get too comfortable on any platform. If anything, I feel like owning our blogs is probably the safest way to claim our little piece of the internet.

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    1. 🙂 Both domains and subdomains under WordPress.com are subjected to the rules that are stipulated within WordPress.com’s Terms of Service.

      Even though you upgraded your subdomain to a domain, it is hosted on WordPress.com

      To avoid losing blogs, some people would transfer their domain to WordPress.org; which is the self-hosted version of WordPress.

      Unfortunately, people can still lose their self-hosted blogs if they are used to conduct criminal activities, if their blogs are utilizing too much of the server’s resources; such as in the case of shared hosting and if they fail to pay their outstanding hosting fees.

      Social Media companies are not guaranteed to be around in the future. Some of them will die a natural death; for example, “My Space”.

      Thank you for participating in the discussion, Hilary.

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      1. Thank you for your detailed explanation, Renard! 🙂

        Right now I have the premium plan with WP (I think it’s with WordPress.org) but that could change in the future. I still worry about losing access to my site – whether that is through hacking etc. I write for fun. I would probably panic more if my site was being monetized.

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  12. “However, if for some reason it gets terminated, I would sigh aloud and say to myself, “So, this is how it ends.” ~ Haha, this is how it was for me when my last blog had to be taken down due to censorship, I cried for my baby and created a new blog ~ I saw it as a new opportunity to create something even better. Brilliant article. 🪐🐉♥️

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  13. I back up my blog to my hard drive. I also copy my poetry to a word doc. If my blog was terminated, I would start a new one. Since my blog consists mostly of poems, it is easy to reuse them, perhaps in a different setting. In fact, I am doing that with my new blog since many of my posts didn’t migrate from my old blog.

    This is an excellent post addressing a much-needed subject.

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  14. I forbid it happened to me. I’ll try with all my effort not to violate the law of terms and conditions of WordPress. I love blogging and never wish it to happen to me, not now not ever!

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  15. “I would sigh aloud and say to myself, So, this is how it ends.” – This made me laugh. I’d hope you’d be back Renard! If mine got terminated, I’d tear up, get upset and start the same one again. I do have all of my stories backed up luckily (in many places).

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    1. 🙂 I have been blogging since 2008. So, I might view the termination of my blog as the end of my blogging era.

      Honestly speaking, I do not think that my blog, “Renard’s World” would ever get terminated.


      Because I have always made a conscientious effort to abide by WordPress.com’s Terms of Service.

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  16. I lost a previous blog when the entire site crashed. I certainly wasn’t happy about it, but I did go the “Sigh, so this is how it ends” route. Eventually, I started up again on wordpress, but there was a down time. Nice post.

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  17. Part of me would be absolutely devastated. Since I did dedicate so much time over these past 5 years. On the other hand, it might be a sigh of relief. I’d hate to lose all that progress, but I do sometimes feel like it does take away a lot of my personal time. All I can do is pray I’ll never have to find out.

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  18. I’d probably scream and do the first thing, but I would try hard to limit my wailing to ten minutes, and then say “enough of that.”
    Then I would pray about what to do next. I have been considering compiling my blog posts (or the best ones, anyway) into a devotional book, since most of them start with a verse of Scripture and end with a prayer, and they’re usually about the same length, but I need to update the flash drive I have them on, “just in case.”
    Question: If someone has their blog terminated and opts to start a new one, can (s)he use the same title as the old one? It would sure make it easier for loyal followers to find.

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    1. 🙂 You can use the same name for your blog, but not the same URL; you would have to find an entirely new domain name for your blog. For example, you will be able to use “Seeking Divine Perspective” for the title of your blog, but you would not be able to use seekingdevineperspective.com; you might have to use seeking seekingdivineperspective.net (Provided that the URL is not already taken).

      Thank you for participating in the discussion.

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  19. I definitely would weep if my blogs were written off. I mean all the time I put into this only to find them terminated would be a terrible thing for me.

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    1. 🤔 I highly doubt that you would die in spite of feeling like you want to die.

      You certainly will be depressed for a while.

      Thank you for letting me know what your reaction would be like if you were to find out that your blog was terminated.

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  20. I’ve never heard of a blog being terminated. Thank you for the new piece of information. I shall be extra cautious from now on. Answer to your question: I would definitely be angry.

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    1. 🙂 You are welcome.

      It would be natural to get angry if you happen to discover that your blog got terminated (After all, you devoted a lot of your time creating and publishing content for it).

      Thank you for participating in the discussion.

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  21. What a shock! Perhaps I should read all these rules and regulations, oh my goodness gracious. All these things after being on WordPress.com to find out losing blogs happen. I am so happy I read your blog post. I love WordPress. Please God don’t allow WordPress to terminate me. 🙏🙏🙏🙏

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  22. This is a sobering reminder to pay attention to the rules, especially in those long, boring Terms of Service documents. This is also raises the question of paid versus free blogs. I do think paid route provides some protection, as opposed to free blogging, where one is at the complete mercy of the service provider. Of course, this is a nuanced issue.

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  23. I am wondering what happened if ai don’t renew my domain name or hosting fees. It’s no longer accessible forever?

    What happened if I want to renew several months later down the road or 1-2 years later? Will they reinstate my Blog again?

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  24. Hi Renard – I am using WP Reader to make comments of your posts but somehow there are other blog posts which I cannot make any comment. Has it being disabled? If disable, why I can see others leave their comments?

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    1. 🙂 Mazlan, all comments are set to be closed after 21 days. My reason for doing that is that older blog posts tend to attract spam and Akismet does not always do a good job of filtering spam comments (This method has resulted in a significant reduction of spam).

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