I stared blogging in May 2005. This is my 445th blog post. I blog about my work, early stage internet VC investments, and from time to time, my interests, including art, literature and current affairs. SortiPreneur is not a widely-read blog. I have found out that person-focused blogging is not a high-traffic proposition, unless the person you're focusing on is already well known. In my case, the focus is me, and I am no celebrity.
Back in 2005, I chose TypePad as my blogging platform. I am a paying user, paying $14.95/month, since May 2005, which means I have paid over $700 to TypePad so far. I also neglected to set up my blog in a specific domain, such as Sortipreneur.com or Sertoglu.com. Instead, I blog at csertoglu.typepad.com. I now hesitate to change that due to search engine related concerns. I initially chose TypePad because my blogging inspiration Fred Wilson was blogging on TypePad.
I now regret this choice. A few weeks ago my U.S. issued credit card was canceled due to some fraudulent activity at a merchant I had patronized. This cancellation kept me without that specific card for a few days, during which TypePad tried charging that card and failed. A few days later, my account was frozen. I could not post to or edit my blog. When I received my new credit card, for some reason, it was still getting declined. Also, strangely, my otherwise functioning Turkish credit cards were also being denied by TypePad, I could not blog for over 2 weeks!
If I were starting to blog today, I'd probably go with WordPress and host my blog on my own domain. I may still opt for that, like Fred did a few months ago.
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Cem, I started blogging on Typepad in early 2007, somewhat impulsively. I quickly realized that had I done a little research on blogging platforms I would have been better off with something else (probably WordPress). Typepad’s paid service has not offered many basic features that are available for free via Blogger (e.g., easy installation/compatibility of Google Analytics), and when I did receive some Typepad tech support for how to “try” using that tool, the advice turned out to be wrong. Everything from the dual-page log-in to difficulties managing comment spam and limited flexibility with Pages have caused me endless frustration. I don’t recommend the service.