I am beginning the process of moving my stuff over to a wordpress system that will reside on a server that I can control.
I have been with Blogger for quite a while (the original was back in 2005, but I let it lapse and blogspot won't let me have it back). But I am getting more and more disturbed by the omnipresence of Google. It is just too intrusive and subtle for my tastes, it has too much effect on a supposedly free system.
Being an avowed tin-foil hatter, the recent "agreement" between the NSA and Google for technical assistance in securing their systems left me cold.
So, I will continue dual posting here and at the new site for a while, as soon as I get the change over to my satisfaction, I will post the new URL and let this thing lapse.