Those following my writing know I am a huge fan of Six Apart. Six Apart produces the blog software Moveable Type and TypePad, the Web based version of Moveable Type. An awful lot of good lawyers use TypePad for their blogs.
For those lawyers willing to spend the time working with templates and learning the ins and outs of blogging, TypePad can be a smart move for getting into blogging on a low budget with great software. I used TypePad for my original blog and learned a ton about blogging, design and formatting while tooling around in my garage near the end of my covenant not to compete with LexisNexis.
But I’ve recently noticed TypePad based lawyer blogs to be slower in loading. I am sure it varies by time of day and the load on Six Apart’s servers but this problem seems fairly consistent over the last few weeks. In addition, the feature that allows me to look at my site traffic on my old TypePad blog is becoming impossible to us because it loads so slowly.
Six Apart had some problems with slow loading TypePad blogs earlier this year. They fixed it by what I recall adding servers and doing some engineering work on their network. If this slowing continues it will be interesting to see how TypePad addresses the problem. Six Apart is a good company and has always responded to customer needs before – I expect them to do the same now.
For lawyers using TypePad I’d watch things. If it becomes a problem, you can easily move over to Six Apart’s Moveable Type loaded on servers on which you can buy space.