TypePad was nice to me back in May, when I needed an extension of service of a few days before I could pay my bill. They let me keep the blog open, and I really, really appreciated it.
Having said that, I now have to say how unhappy I have been since the new changes rolled out a month ago. They've taken away the Search function, which I used ALOT. I pay for the service to have the ability to have up to 3 blogs. I spend days designing 2 additional blogs, to introduce in time for the Blogher, only to have the changes not work. I waited two weeks, hoping they'd get the bugs worked out, only to find out that the ability to have different banners for each blog taken away. Stands to reason that one would want an appropriate banner for the specified content of the blog, one would think.
In making their changes, to "take TypePad forward", they''ve gone backwards by taking BIG features away. The changes weren't big enough to warrant taking away BIG features.
Not only that, but it's taking more than a day and a half to respond to help questions, AND they haven't updated their Knowledge Base, where you can find the answers yourself, to reflect the changes. I spent DAY AND DAYS trying to figure out why certain things I had done the day before were suddenly not working, only to discover that that my older version of browser no longer worked with TypePad. Seems like that could have been mentioned somewhere. I tend to blame myself when something doesn't work, figuring the MS took my brain away, and so the frustration level was extreme. The laptop has Vista, which would work, but I'm having a hard time learning it, and a hard time with the touchpad (rather than using the mouse) (not complaining!!!), so when I want to accomplish something, it's just easier to use
I left my original blog with Blogger because they didn't offer the ability to be emailed when comments came in, which meant going back to previous posts to see if anyone commented.
In the last 3 years, Blogger has added tons of new features, including the ability to have different banners for each blog, and the email notification of comments. And they managed to keep their Search function while doing so! Every single thing I can do with TypePad (or used to be able to do), paying 80.00 some bucks to do so - Blogger can do for free. I've been teaching myself CSS/HTML, which Blogger also allows for free, where I'd have to pay even more for that option with TypePad. As far as I'm concerned, Blogger is a win/win. More like a win/win/win/win.
So I'm moving. Still not to San Francisco, but hey. At least it's cheaper. The new address is http://livingwmultiplesclerosis.blogspot.com or Me 'n My Laptop. I'll spend the next few days transferring my better posts to the new one. Not the best time to move to a new blog, so close to Blogher, but I can't stand it anymore. Be sure to bookmark it, and it'd be GREAT if you'd comment, so I know you survived the crossing.