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You know you've arrived when...

Someone sets up a site using the same URL as you, bar a typo.

This, it would seem has happened to His Grace, the Archbishop Cranmer. http://archbishop-cranmer.blogspot.com/ takes you to the usual place, but ~blogpsot.com takes one to a remarkably ugly 'mega-site of Bible, Christian and religious information and studies'.

I only discovered this when I was bouncing from blog to blog using other people's links to cover the usual places. The blogger with a typo in His Grace's URL will remain nameless.

Anyway, a bit more checking shows the same people have done it to me, to Dizzy, Iain Dale, Guido, Praguetory, Daily Pundit, Injured Cyclist and James Cleverly for starters. And Bob Piper. And our man in Istanbul, so some sad worm is presumably doing the same trick with each and every blog registered. Really rather sad, frankly.

Meanwhile, my tech guru has just told me that it is all down to a wildcard DNS entry, so anything ending blogpsot will take you to the same place. I guess none of us have arrived at all.....
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Blogger istanbultory said... 3:19 pm

""I guess none of us have arrived at all..."and some of us have barely arrived at all. It's all very disapointing, of course but this kind of technology is ripe for abuse. The rogues. Damn and blast their eyes! This might explain why Blogger has been a bit on the slow side over the last couple of hours. I can't upload pictures for one thing...  

Blogger Croydonian said... 3:23 pm

Since I've got 'The Book of Insults' to hand, I direct this at spammers and cyber squatters:

"Paralytic sycophants, effete betrayers of humanity, carrion-eating servile imitators, arch-cowards and collaborators, gang of women-murderers, degenerate rabble, parasitic traditionalists, play-boy soldiers, conceited dandies".

(Originally approved ways of describing we British types by East German Communists)  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 4:01 pm


I thought that it was because I was really, really important.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 4:05 pm

So that's two of us who are at least slightly gutted....  

Blogger Praguetory said... 5:32 pm

I'm going to use this fact with sceptics... you know the occasional bigmouth who runs down your blogging activities. Turn to the attacker and say that your blog address is so popular that somebody has registered a mis-spelling of it to get traffic. Not untrue is it?  

Blogger Croydonian said... 5:36 pm

Good call PT. Wish I'd thought of that.  

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