Is My Blog Working

Martin Brinkmann
Aug 11, 2009
Updated • Dec 11, 2012

Found another gem at Rarst's blog today. Is My Blog Working is an online service that can be used by webmasters and interested users to find out if a blog is responding correctly. It works by entering a blog url in the form on the frontpage of the service. The service will then do some magic and display relevant information about the blog's status. The information are divided into two sections.

The first section will display information about the blog's responses. This includes checking the web server's IP, RSS feed, robots.txt file, web caching and search engine indexation in Google and Bing. The second section will display technical details about the blog which are mostly interesting to the webmaster of the website.

The technical details will display page generation and fetch times, transfer speeds, information about compression as well as the version of the blog software and the theme used.

website details

The site links to three additional services that can be used to check out a website or blog. This includes HTML verification at W3c, feed validation at Feedvalidator and HTTP header checks at My Blog Working is a great way to quickly check various technical details of a blog. A bookmarklet is provided that can might also come in handy.

The service is basically a very detailed "is it up or down" checker that is optimized for blogs but can be used for any kind of site. While you won't get some information when you run the query on a non-blog site, you still get information about the status of the website and some of the technical details.

The service is definitely one to keep in the bookmarks or as a bookmarklet so that you can use it whenever the need arises. While it certainly has most appeal to blog webmasters, especially those with a lot of blogs to administrate, it can be used by everyone as an update checker.


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  1. Rarst said on August 12, 2009 at 7:09 am

    @Dotan Cohen

    There are certainly quite a few of such around. :) But ismyblogworking does excellent job with extra info.

  2. Dotan Cohen said on August 11, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    here is the original version of the idea:

  3. Jk said on August 11, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    Of course it is a great service to quickly check various technical details of a blog. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Rarst said on August 11, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    Been using it for some time, just got to posting about. Was simple in the start but features got gradually added and now it is quite impressive and simple to use service. :)

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