Search Engine Journal breaks the story of issues with WordPress.com today:
In what may just be an Easter fluke, it seems that the entire WordPress.com Blog Network is down for the day, and has been dead for at least an hour. The outage comes after complaints from some blog owners (including SEJ’€™s Greg Sterling) that posts placed over the past day were lost.
A post on the WordPress Forums appears to be the focus of attention from WordPress.com users.
A quick scan of WordPress.com sites, such as Chartreuse (Beta) pictured above, appears to show that the network is still down (12:23pm CST).
An update from the WordPress team:
Hello folks. We’€™re doing a little unplanned emergency maintainance to some systems that were causing problems over the past few weeks. Your blog will be unavailable for a few more minutes while we get everything situated. Relax and enjoy this Easter Sunday morning, and know that everybunny at WordPress.com is working their butts off to get your blog back online.
A further update from WordPress (5pm CST):
Matt here again. We have everything back online, checked, and verified. However we are going to keep blogs offline for a few more minutes to synchronize the backup machines and prevent this sort of problem from ever happening again. Thanks for your patience and understanding.
Matt Craven is the former editor & publisher of The Blog Herald. Currently, Matt is the co-founder of Bryghtpath LLC, a consulting practice located in Woodbury, Minnesota. Matt's presently looking for new blogging gigs. Ping him at matt (at) bryghtpath dot com. You can follow him on Twitter.