Adam Penenberg; Technical troubles slam Google’s blogging site. The problem is, Blogger is a lot like a public utility, and when it goes down, so does discourse on much of the blogosphere.

What’s up with Blogger, the institution that is eponymous with the media phenomenon it helped spawn?

Lately, it seems like almost every time you tune into your favorite Blogger-hosted blog to catch up on the latest gossip, meme, political diatribe or cybersnark, you find that the site is frozen in time. Or, there are multiple posts with identical content. Since Blogger, which is owned and operated by that sleek geek machine, Google, is a lot like a public utility, when it goes down, so do the lights on a large swatch of the blogosphere.

The result: a lot of irate netizens.

“This has been the worst week of blogging since I started,” complained Digby, who ruminates on politics. “Blogger has been constantly bloggered and when it wasn’t, my cable has been offline. Since last Tuesday, I’ve barely been able to read Atrios, for gawds sake, much less post one of my own brilliant observances. I hate blogging in coffee shops. I just hate it. But I’m here and if I don’t keel over from caffeine poisoning before Blogger eats my post, I’ll hopefully have something brilliant up soon. Or not.”

In a post called “Blogger Stinks,” Ryan McReynolds, who shares his views on life, God, intimacy, politics and media philosophy, wrote: “I’m getting really tired of all the glitches and hiccups of Blogger. You may have noticed double posts at times on this blog. That’s because you never know whether clicking something on Blogger will actually accomplish what is intended. Lately it seems like clicking does nothing but bring up a ‘document contains no data.’ Maddening.”

Media consultant Susan Mernit labeled an entry on a non-Blogger site “Susan Mernit broken on Blogger.” She griped, “Blogger has managed to completely screw up my blog for the past 24 hours, so I will be posting here till I get it fixed — or make that long-threatened move to another platform. This may be the longest I’ve gone without blogging — involuntarily — and it sucks…. I miss my fix.”

Perhaps the most succinct flame came from a guy named Joaquin, who screeched through his modem: “HAD AWESOME POST, GOT DELETED! FUCK YOU BLOGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGER! Go to hell.”

In fact, enter “Blogger sucks” in Google and you get 720,000 results, with most of the entries on the first few pages (read: the most popular) dedicated to these exasperating tech snafus.

It can make for some pretty ugly reading. Imagine what they might say if they actually paid for the service?

But if you look at Blogger’s status page, which lists service outages, you can see why they are so mad.

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