We apologize for the problems you have been experiencing with Blogger. We had a simultaneous failure across multiple machines responsible for the publishing of Blog*Spot blogs, but this issue has now been fixed. To prevent this type of outage in the future, we are performing a full system audit to ensure that proper redundancies are in place.
So ends four and a half days of aggravation spawned by repeated attempts to publish over the course of the past three days and encountering nothing but:
001 java.net.ConnectException: Connection refused
Oh, well. I did find the time to finish Maritain's Peasant of the Garonne and polish off a couple chapters of Edward T. Oakes' Pattern of Redemption: The Theology of Hans Urs Von Balthasar (very good!); and now that we appear to be fully functional again, perhaps I can come up with something worth posting in the coming week. =)