I was concerned, to say the least. Thoughts of chicanery by certain cybersquatters who had plagued me in the past went through my mind. Had my password been compromised somehow, allowing someone to delete my blog? (Don't laugh, it happened to Nurse Kelly.) But no, that wouldn't make sense, as I was using Blogger, and everything seemed fine in the Dashboard and the controls. All my posts, both posted and my many drafts of half-formed (or not formed at all) ideas were still there, as always.
I checked my SiteMeter readings, and noticed that, sometime after 6:49 PM, my visits had very suddenly dropped from a highly unusual 90/hour (having been juiced up quite nicely in the wake of my being nominated for a couple of blog awards) to 2-3/hour at around 10 PM (when I sat down to write). So I started checking some of the blogs that I peruse every day that happen to be also on Blogspot:
Science and Politics? Wouldn't load.
Red State Rabble? Wouldn't load.
Photon in the Darkness? Wouldn't load.
Pooflingers Anonymous? Wouldn't load.
Aggravated DocSurg? Ditto.
Well, you get the idea. Every Blogspot blog that I normally peruse seemed to be down at the same time. Blogspot was clearly FUBAR'ed.
The odd thing is, the last time this happened, sometime last month, Blogger wouldn't let me into my account, either; so this was most strange. Blogspot blogs couldn't be accessed, but I could do whatever I wished as far as composing or changing blog settings.
All I could do was write what I planned to write and hope that Blogspot would come up again. fortunately, sometime after 11 PM, it did, and that's why you're seeing this now. What a drag, the day after my being nominated for Best New Blog, not long after voting started, that Blogspot should crap out like this. It seems to be happening more frequently, this is the longest outage I can recall for months.
Anyway, I'm sorry about that. It looks like Blogspot was down for a total of around 4 hours. For those of you who had been coming by in search of my scintillating wit (or lack thereof), I'm back...
ADDENDUM: Blogger has finally posted an explanation for what happened here. It's pretty vague.