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TypePad Simplifies Blogging

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Every once in a while something comes along that dramatically changes the way we blog – add TypePad to that list.

You gotta give the team at Six Apart credit. They don’t just make great tools, they make them at the right time in the right place. The web is undergoing a proliferation of weblogs, and weblog publishing tools to match. TypePad provides the flexibility and power of their last successful offering, Movable Type and makes it as easy as pie.

For a small monthly fee you can have a weblog just as powerful as the widest read and respected bloggers on the internet, with a great support community and oodles of features.

Today Robert Patterson and I setup a weblog to watch our upcoming provincial election, PEI Election Watch. I got to see the brilliance of TypePad first hand, and the trick is that it comes in layers.

Often the beginner weblog publisher can find it difficult to understand the all the details of web page publishing: coding a layout, text formatting and the like can be intimidating. Unless you’re a web designer, you’re often in the dark.

The great thing about TypePad is that it not only lets you create a snazzy design (with a smart drag and drop feature) with lots of neat little widgets you can add to your page, but encourages you to explore some of the more intermediate aspects of designing your page. It’s not just weblog software, it’s a learning tool!

So the question remains, how will TypePad dramatically change the way we blog as I first claimed. It’s going to bring people to blogging that never would have given it a second look before and make them matter in the public discourse. Most importantly, what it’s going to do is accelerate what weblogs have been doing all along: widening the definition of “we”.

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  • thomas

    Snazzy style?

    Most of the typepad sites look about the same as any other blog. Look at the recently updated lists on typepad.com and maybe one out of 15 will be in any way unique.

    Perhaps its just the blog style, but the fact that people are creating sites using the same tool is also a culprit.

  • The same thing happens when any weblog platform that seeks to be user friendly starts growing, you get a bunch that look the same.

    Be patient for people to learn how to make their own styles. I’m sure there will be a rash of TypePad skins in good time.

    I read the same data as you do but get a different result: that beginners are signing up and blogging. Is that such a bad thing?

  • Just to clarify, we haven’t yet unveiled all of the built in TypePad templates that we’ll be releasing during our official launch. As we’re still in a Preview Release, there are fewer prebuilt templates in the system right now. We do expect that people will make use of the new templates, both on their own and as a base for customizing their own creations, and that should alleviate some of the homogeneity you’re seeing in current sites.

    That being said, there are some truly innovative and interesting layouts already being created, if you poke around a bit.

  • Eric Olsen

    Anil, why don’t you join us here and keep us informed of what is going on with TypePad development. I see you are a fan of popular culture as well and a staunch defender of Justin Timberlake. This is the place for such bold stances.

  • Anil might be just a little scared of defending Justin Timberlake around here. I suspect a post on the subject in this venue might eventually compete with the Tom Cruise post for comments… 🙂