Well, in the exact 30 seconds in which I made the decision to start a blog, Blogger was down.

But also, I tend to save blog posts locally, and I prefer the ability to Print to PDF post and comments in one go, and Blogger doesn’t offer that [Edit: or so I thought at the time. In fact, it does]. So even though most of the blogs I read use Blogger, that’s one thing I dislike. I forgot about Typepad, and I wouldn’t pay for such a service anyway.

If I were going to put time into choosing a blog provider, I would have looked at all the available themes and picked that way, based on the look of the blog. Except I’m not sure you can see the themes without setting up accounts.