I haven't done much personal blogging on TypePad for some time. Just the same, hearing today that TypePad has sold out is quite a shock--even though in hindsight, I suppose it shouldn't be.
This is partly my comment in response to the official announcement which ominously stated that "nothing in TypePad changes today." (my italics).
This is pretty sad for us long-time TypePad bloggers. I've been reading how this "merger" was reported in the news. Here's the NYTimes link: Blogging Pioneer Bought by Video Ad Firm - NYTimes.com http://nyti.ms/alenoC.
It's a bit more...direct in stating what is going on.
I've been w/TypePad since 2003. A Movable Type user suggested you as I'm not a techie-type (or I thought I wasn't). TypePad worked out smashingly for me. I so loved it here and I was pretty happy for you in your successes through the years.
Yeah, I tried Vox when you asked, I did the BETA thing, even sat on a TypePad consumer panel for a year. I've felt the shift. You're very, very interested in "big" bloggers. I'm totally not and I never will be because I hate selling myself. Monetizing a blog successfully is incredibly difficult. EVERYONE knows that. So one either goes for the bucks or blogs for free.
There's no point in regular bloggers staying with not-Six Apart. Monetizers--big bucks bloggers like HuffPost perhaps will find not-6A appealing.
After seven years I hate to leave and certainly I'll try whatever is coming but this is not good news at all for me. Please, one request, give me time to migrate my 7 years worth of writing to another host.
Best of luck,
EDIT/ This is not meant to be an indignant rant. I realize that I've only been renting space from you. I own the content--you own the space. You are now selling the space. Your space, your choice.