You will note that this is my first blog post since Dec. 31, 2014, although that is far from true. I wrote well over 1,000 posts in the time since then, but every post from Jan. 1, 2015 until yesterday is gone and there simply is no way to retrieve them.
That, for me, is like losing a detailed journal of my life and Blogger, which hosts this blog, is completely unresponsive to queries or complaints. It offers no explanation and no way to replace the lost blog posts. I expect my entire 8.5 years of posts will soon be lost. That's well over 4,500 blog posts, millions of words, thousands of photos all gone.
I have made the mistake of using this blog as an archive, one I will not continue to make. I will now set up a website, one I can control and one whose administrator will be a good friend who has web abilities (and a business doing it).
Don't trust Blogger. It will break your heart.