(Also, a huge THANK YOU to the incredibly thoughtful and always awesome Rachel over at Grasping for Objectivity for still having it in her non-Blogger blog feed during the technical hiccup and emailing a copy of it to me.)
However, the system glitch does bring up some serious contemplation about the limitations of blogging.
Presently I do not write anything or save anything that gets posted in any format besides Blogger. Which means I have no back up or copy of anything I have done in the last year should Blogger ever fully
(Also, this about the only tangible thing I have beyond my children still being alive for "successes in life" right now, and as lame as that is I still kinda want to keep it.)
There are other similar (and by similar I mostly mean "free") blog hosting websites, such as Wordpress, which could always be an option. However, there are no guarantees that a different hosting site wouldn't have it's own technical issues from time to time. And I have to admit, I'm comfortable with Blogger at the moment and am not a big fan of unnecessary changes in general.
(Plus I know how to make it do what I want at this point, so I feel smart when I do fun internet techy things on it.)
The other option would be to get my own website. Now again, there is no guarantee that the host server couldn't just keel over one day, but I strongly suspect the probability of it doing so is supstantially less.
(Especially if I stop being cheap and actually paid for one.)
But again, I did NOT major in computer science (fun fact: I haven't taken a computer course in my entire life beyond 7th grade typing class) and therefore am at times easily intimidated by needing to do the internety code stuff to make my own website happen. One of the (possibly very few) real points Blogger has going for it is it's ease of initial clueless use, with the ability to expand what you are doing as your skills and interest grows. Anyone really can start a blog on Blogger, as it will walk you through the initial auto set up process, and you only need to mess with settings (that'd be the "make it pretty" formatting part) beyond that if you so choose.
That all said, I really do suspect I could create and maintain my own website, it would just take the proper motivation to make it happen.
(And chocolate. Computer crap always requires chocolate.)
However, that motivation is lacking for today (plus I'm totally not famous enough to make it worth it yet), so we will continue to hang out with Blogger for the time being.
Unless it decides to crap out at random times repeatedly. Then I just might find a little extra motivation to seriously reconsider blog hosting options.