I requested reconsideration, and got my PageRank back!
This blog got penalized with a -1 PR penalty for “selling links”. Now I did have some paid links on this blog in the past, when I was newer and less visible to the search world, and less “wise”. I’m not against buying or selling links, but doing it on your own blog, when you’re an SEO is asking for trouble of course.
So I removed all those, and requested reconsideration through the webmaster console, after e-mailing with Brian White, and as you can see, my toolbar PageRank is now back to a healthy PR6. Now to be honest I don’t really care about toolbar PR, and you shouldn’t either, because it didn’t affect my rankings in any way whatsoever. However: clients do look at it, and getting clients to stop looking at it is pretty damn hard…
So if you got penalized, and think that’s unfair or otherwise have reason to believe you don’t deserve the penalty (anymore), just request reconsideration!