Apparently, many people like tumblr.com.I have never had any hosting service that did not have SOME downtime and lose SOME data, however.Another option is to install your own wordpress on your own host, and control backups yourself.
Blogger is really pretty good. Any tech-whiz stuff is going to malfunction from time to time. If comments are important, then copy and paste them to your computer, like a backup. As long as the article, itself, is safe, then that seems to be what counts.
The safest thing requires technical expertise and money: set up your own server(s), get a good network to your house (business class), and run your blog from your house. But now you need to consider uptime, security, backups, updates, attacks, the works.With any other solution you're at the mercy of vague and darkly threatening agreements with the hosting service. If they don't like the cut of your jib they can pull the plug on you. Blogger, blogspot, wordpress can all do this to you.Your next-to-best solution is to get your own domain, find a good hosting service, and set up your blog there. And hope they aren't tools of The Powers That Be.
I started blogging with Blogger and then switched to Wordpress. While I like Wordpress better, the switch itself didn't go very well. When I had Wordpress import all my posts from the old Blogspot site, it messed up the formatting and lost a lot of the comments.
It would be interesting to know if using Disqus for Blogger protects comments. Unfortunately, I didn't have any comments on my last post that disappeared then was restored. But I did a test post with a test comment, and that comment wasn't deleted when I deleted the test post. So presumably the comments would reappear if the posts are restored so that Disqus is able to relink them.
Wordpress is garbage. Four years of experience. No system is perfect. Change is unnecessary. You lose experience.
According their Tweet feed, they are in the midst of restoring comments. https://twitter.com/#!/Blogger
Thanks for all of these helpful comments - and thanks to those who e-mailed me. My basic stance was to do nothing unless for good reason (caution combined with laziness) and my inference is that Blogger is overall as good as the commercial opposition; and that to do better I would need to set up my own domain system - but if *I* tried to do that it would surely be a disaster, so...I stay with Blogger!Normal service is resumed...
I sent you a ragtime link. Did you get it OK?
@dearieme - yes, thank you. It was one of the lost comments. I enjoyed the link - even though there was no actual 'ragtime'.
I'll swear that you can click your way to some ragtime.http://www.loc.gov/jukebox/search/results?fq=take_genre_id%3A8&page=1
Thanks - the previous link only had a selection of these pieces, including some early jazz but no ragtime, and I hadn't found a way through to the whole lot.