Funny: I recall being nervous when Google acquired Blogspot shortly after I started posting. I can't recall the specific reasons why, though I think the move insinuated the potentially transient nature of hosting. If Google decided bloggers weren't generating income, we might all be done for, our “intellectual content” (such as it is) vapourized like so much skywriting.
I still try to maintain the attitude that this content is transient. But man oh man: nine years, without crashes or, really, any significant blips. For a couple of years I ran another blog off my own web address, with the generous tech help of another friend. The back-end assaults were endless, and grew exponentially by the week. Type that address into your browser and you'll get yet another 404 screen. Not so the bright orange banner with white lettering. So far as I'm concerned, Google deserves an award for nine years of incomparable service — all this at no fiduciary expense to yours truly.