Six Apart Gives Journalists TypePad Pro Accounts for Free

Six Apart has a clever “program” up to get recently laid off journalists to start blogging. They’re calling it the TypePad Journalist Bailout Program. Basically, it gives journalists these things for free:

They also offer support and whatnot, all for free. The only thing the journos need to do is send a link to their last piece for a newspaper or similar. And according to the post, there’s been an overwhelming interest in this, so they’re lagging a bit behind on setting the accounts up, but no word on closing the program. [Read more…]

LiveJournal Grows Up: Moving Off Of Six Apart’s Servers



After being trained in “the ways of the blog” by Six Apart, LiveJournal is now finally migrating off of its former parents servers and is setting up shop in the middle of Montanna.

(LiveJournal News) The long-awaited server move takes place this Tuesday, November 18, at 8:00 a.m. PST. We’re moving the site from servers based in San Francisco to the servers in our new data center in Montana. A massive data move like this takes a lot of heavy lifting, and to haul all that data from San Francisco to Montana, we have to take the site down, starting at 8:00 a.m. PST on Tuesday morning. […]

During the downtime, nothing on LJ will be available—no posting, no Friends page, no LJ mail, nada. When we bring the site back up, we’re going to ease into it rather than open up a floodgate of traffic. Posting might not be immediately available or the site could be slow to load for a while.

LiveJournal was previously sold to SUP (a media company from Russia) last year, although for some reason they remained on Six Apart’s servers. [Read more…] Dominates U.K. Blogosphere

A ComScore study shows that Google’s hosted blog servicer,, is dominating the blogosphere in the U.K. The study anticipates that there were 14,456,000 unique visitors to blogs in August, with getting 9,019,000 of them. That’s more than half of all blog readers in the U.K. WordPress is a distant second with 4,807,000, with Six Apart’s services at about half of that.

Another interesting note is that Engadget is the largest individual blog in the U.K.

Read the press release for more.

Vox Turns 2 This Month

Vox, Six Apart’s free hosted blogging platform, is 2 years old this month. In fact, they’ve dedicated all of October as Vox’ birthday, with user testimonials and whatnot. A pretty good idea if you ask me.

Two years ago, we created Vox for the people who told us they wanted to connect with family and friends on their own terms. Today, Vox is a thriving community where people can safely and confidentially connect with whomever they choose. We’re delighted that so many people have made Vox their home online, and we can’t wait to see what the next two years hold.

Congratulations Vox!

Do we have any Vox users among our readership here? Tell us why you like or dislike Vox!

Six Apart: Blogging strong during economic downturn

In an interview with WIRED, Six Apart’s CEO Chris Alden is optimistic about the health of blogging during the current financial climate. In fact, he’s convinced that blogging may even emerge in stronger shape once we come out the other side.

“When you don’t know where else to invest, you invest in yourself,” he says.

His reasoning for blogging surging during down times is because it’s a way for companies and individuals to reassert control. It’s important to note that he’s not saying that blogging is an instant way to replace income from a full-time job, but that the practice itself could become more popular.


TypePad Outage, Back Up

Six Apart has reported some downtime to their TypePad service, including the TypeKey, and also to the Vox blogging service. The downtime was reported at 11:28 PM PDT, and all the services seems to be back up at 12:08 AM PDT. The status page reports:

Midnight: A bad power supply in one of our core routers is preventing some TypePad blogs from displaying. We are onsite working to resolve the problem.

Everything should be working now. Did the outage affect you?

Martha Stewart moves to WordPress

The Martha Blog, the official blog of Martha Stewart, has announced a blog upgrade.. and they’re moving to WordPress!

The new blog, now live, is hosted at The Martha Blog – at

Martha writes:

In order to have a blog, you need to enlist a blogging platform, which supplies all the necessary tools for getting your photos and text onto the Internet. As my blog has grown in popularity, we realized we were ready to switch to a platform offering more programming options. After careful research, that new platform will be WordPress, which we hope to launch tomorrow with an exciting photo gallery from my most recent trip to Mexico. With this new program, you will notice additions, such as a search engine within my blog and more robust photo galleries.

Prior to this change, Martha Stewart was using Typepad.

What makes for a good blog? Merlin Mann has a few thoughts

Looks like Six Apart recently asked some high profile bloggers the question – “What makes for a good blog?” – as a part of the launch of their new site.

Merlin Mann, of 43 folders fame has a few thoughts of his own on ‘What Makes for a Good Blog?’:

Good blogs have a voice. Who wrote this? What is their name? What can I figure out about who they are that they have never overtly told me? What’s their personality like and what do they have to contribute — even when it’s “just” curation. What tics and foibles fascinate make me about this blog and the person who makes it? Most importantly: what obsesses this person?

He goes on with eight additional points – well worth reading.

What do you think makes for a good blog?

TypePad iPhone App: What’s Up With All The Hate?


Hate! Loathe! Whine! Spit!

That’s the first impression I received after browsing through the reviews of Six Apart’s iPhone App on iTunes.

While many were upset that a TypePad account would cost them 495 pennies a month, others seemed upset that this app would not work on Movable Type (or even Vox) despite the obvious indication that this is a TypePad only app. [Read more…]

Movable Type Monday: TypePad AntiSpam, MTOS 4.2, New Plugins and Tutorials

This week saw an incredible amount of activity in the Movable Type community with a slew of new plugins (including new plugins for Action Streams) and tutorials (including a couple of pagination, an oft-requested feature!). By far the biggest was Six Apart’s announcement of TypePad Antispam as well as the rechristening of the next version of Movable Type as Movable Type 4.2.

There’s never been a better time to be a Movable Type user, welcome to Movable Type Monday!

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