This has been a particularly tough week for those of us who use Blogger.com as our blog-hosting service.
Just about every day this week there has been some sort of "outage" where people have been unable to open Blogger-hosted sites, create new Blogger posts or (God forbid) be able to leave comments.
You can mess with my browsing, but DON'T mess with my comments!
It's becoming more common every day. You try to access someone's blog or leave a comment and your screen just hangs. Here's an example of some of the messages you may have encountered this week:
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Yet as a blog author, it's hard to complain too much. I'm one of those who subscribe to the "you get what you pay for" theory of product quality. Therefore, if I'm going to use a free service such as Blogger, I'd better shut up and take what I get.
The problem is - about 75,000 new blogs are created every day (see this post for more information), and Blogger is one of the most popular tools out there. Because of this, Blogger just simply cannot keep up, and therefore is constantly battling server overload and database corruption problems, which leaves us users in the dark. Eventually, the serious bloggers become too frustrated by the inconsistency and move on to more stable and expensive solutions.
Here's a look at Blogger's maintenance log just for this week. If you think it's frustrating for us, imagine the hell that poor Jason has to go through on a daily basis.
But for you all, I have one request...
Don't give up on leaving comments for me when you can't get through!
Jason will have them up and running soon.