MovableBlog reviews TypePad

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TypePad launched as a preview release yesterday (Tuesday, August 5 – or, technically, 11:59 pm Pacific time, Monday, August 4).
MovableBLOG offers a brief review of TypePad, pros and cons. I’ve been writing about the beta since I got in on it a few weeks ago.
The most interesting issues, I think, are the pricing choices and the features included at each price point. The Basic service has to compete with free services like Blogger, and doesn’t include the photo albums feature. The Plus service permits multiple blogs (up to 3) but doesn’t allow for guest authors (which even free Blogger does). But they have to slice up the feature set in a way that seems cost-effective and marketable to them, and they’re always free to evolve the offerings as time goes on.
For myself, I compromised on a Plus account, so that I can use TypePad in my various teaching and training contexts, but continue to rely on Movable Type for most of the power-user applications. I’m looking forward to Movable Type Pro!
What I’d like to do is come up with some good fresh idea for my TypePad blog, since what’s there now is just my usual off-the-cuff blathering. TypePad’s home page right now features two blogs, Matt Haughey’s PVRblog and Christina Ray’s Glowlab. We all knew Mathowie could crank out a useful website covering a geek technology (TiVo’s and their ilk) in his sleep, but Christina Ray’s weblogs are revalatory. It never ceases to amaze me how artists will subvert any available medium and bend it to their creative will.
By the way, as a TypePad beta tester I’ve been given 20 “friends and family” type discount codes for new TypePad signups. I am going to reserve half of them for people I actually know who may be curious about blogging and ready to try it, but I will give away the other 10 to Radio Free Blogistan readers. Just leave me a comment or send me an email message if you are interested. First come, first served.