Yes, it's free and you get what you pay for, but you are not offered the opportunity to buy any reliability. After you have invested months or years in writing and have your links established, it is a major pain to rip it all up and start again.
For anyone who isn't aware of it, they have a page telling you about what they have done recently called Status
which provided us with the following information:
Friday, April 08, 2005
If you are experiencing problems loading Blogger.com, please try clearing the cookies in your browser.
Posted by John at 01:51
Thursday, April 07, 2005
This afternoon we pushed into production a number of performance enhancements which have improved the responsiveness of the site. Additionally, we have eliminated an automated spam problem which was negatively impacting publish success rates.
Tomorrow we will have a 15 minute outage at noon (Pacific Time) as we reconfigure some portions of the Blogger network.
Posted by Jason at 17:15
I would have really preferred not to have participated in the "performance enhancements" because that came at the expense of being unable to post all day. I'm sure anyone who did get through had great performance as the rest of us were greeted with "document has no data" Alert boxes.
How about a few bucks a month for an account that doesn't take part in the newest and greatest upgrades, but simply continues to work with the same old plodding consistency month after month.
Oh, as for clearing "cookies", I "toss my cookies" every time I shut down my browser, as I consider them a security risk, so that wasn't the real problem.