Does that mean another move? Man, I hope not. I've just got settled in, still like the interface and features, and love not having to maintain a server myself to keep my website up. I hoped that TypePad actually charging for hosting meant that they'd be incentivized to keep their nose to the grindstone with new features, good uptime and decent customer support. The feature spread is so-so, and I haven't had to use their customer support yet, but on the whole I've been fairly satisfied with it so far. But if they decide to start focusing on advertising instead, where does that leave a low traffic website like this one? Brinstar, Dick and Cyn share similar worries.
Just the threat of having to migrate everything away (which is easy for me, as I haven't had time to accumulate much on this blog yet) and to create, design and prepare a new blog (the much, much harder job, as far as I'm concerned) is an unwelcome addition to my list of worries. And part of the reason I tried out Typepad at all is because of the Perl/open source connection via Movable Type: if that goes, would Typepad still be a place I'd like to associate with?
Well, best not to jump the gun, I guess. Open source probably has benefits for the company that they'd be even more eager to work with if they're focusing efforts elsewhere. Typepad is a semi-captive platform for content creation; if they're making enough money off us in aggregate, the might want to work at keeping us low-traffic bloggers around in hope of better expectations.
Probably a good idea to keep an eye out for alternate blog hosts, though. Just in case.