Thursday, April 23, 2009


Assalammu 'aleikum!

Wow, I never thought I'd find this blog again. As you can see, my previous post is dated January 13, 2005. For some reasons, I completely forgot this blog. I knew I started a blog somewhere but I just couldn't find it. I didn't bookmark it and forgot the url. I only rediscovered it today.

Last January, in my blog The Setting Sun, I was shocked to learn that my posts had to be screened by the bloghost. The note said that there were questions on my content. I could not believe that they were going TO CENSOR my posts! I started that blog in April 2007 and they were going to censor it after almost two years!

The Setting Sun

I wrote the following and sent it to the bloghost for review:


When I logged in to this blog, I was surprised to see the following:

Warning: We have a concern about some of the content on your blog. Please click here to contact us as soon as possible to resolve the issue and re-enable posting.

I wonder what could be objectionable in this blog.

I thought there is freedom of expression in the blogosphere. There are millions of blogs with adult content (meaning, pornography) and so many are full of hate materials, especially anti-Muslim.

This blog has no pornographic content. It also has no hate content although some Ilonggos sent hate comments. So this will not turn into a hate blog, I did not post some of the comments and merely answered them privately through emails but I posted some to show samples of these comments.

I hope the warning message is just a computer error. It is a shame if blog hosts will censor posts of blogowners.

I then got the response that it was all a mistake, a "system error". And so they removed the censor mechanism. But this still made (and makes) me nervous. It just means that bloghosts (or at least that one) has a censor mechanism which would block posts if they don't like the content. I do hope Blogger is not like that.

So far, everything is back-as-usual for that blog. But I decided to make a back-up blog for my more "timeless" posts there. I went to Blogger to create a new blog. To my surprise, the url http://datujamal. blogspot was already taken. I though that somebody got my name, or at least shares my name and beat me to blogspot. When I went to the site, lo and behold: it was my long-lost blog!

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