Here we go, my first somewhat negative commentary on the world of blogging. Maybe I should be more specific - negative commentary on my experience with Blogger.com. Let me tell you why - for the first time after having my own blog space since 2004, I actually decided to get serious about building a reasonable blog with the intention to keep it up to date. However, while I fiddle with all the settings and start making some first posts to see how they look, I start getting hit with what I am not calling the magical "001 java.net.ConnectException: Connection refusedblog" error. Any changes or publishings I try to make just keep getting rejected. My guess is that there is some infrastructure or new code rollout issue at Blogger.com that is causing the issue. Granted that this is a free service, it is still frustrating none the less. It seems to have been going on for about 18 hours from what I gather searching around here. Let's hope it clears up soon!