Thoughts on blog hosting services
If there is one thing I dislike about Blogspot, it is that the date does not appear on each post on the main or archive page. The date does appear on each post on the archive page for blogs hosted at WordPress.com and Tumblr, so I have looked at both services to see what they have to offer.
The problem with WordPress.com is that (as far as I know) you cannot customize your theme nearly to the extent you can on Blogspot. (And the customization that is available requires an annual subscription, as does mapping your domain.) Tumblr has some cool social media features, but it does not have a native comment system, so you have to use a third-party comment system like Disqus.
I have actually thought about moving to WordPress.com (which allows users to import both posts and comments from Blogspot) but the lack of customization has been a barrier to that. I have also considered moving to Tumblr (I already have a Tumblr page) but I cannot import posts, so that has prevented me from making the switch there.
As it stands now, I have moved around too many times already, between Blogspot and self-hosted. That is why the posts on the archives between 2003 and 2009 are not on this blog. If I ever do move (and unless something changes I have no intention of moving) it needs to be my final move.