So after blogging for three years I've decided to just get my own damn server and a real domain name. So please update your bookmarks (as if you actually use bookmarks) because thelastminute.typepad.com is now TheLastMinuteBlog.com
The RSS feed will stay the same and the old Typepad site will stay there too. However the old site will just stay crappy and old.
So head on over to the new site. TheLastMinuteBlog.com and take a whiff of the new blog scent. Mmm smells nice and clean.
The most awesome folks at and Lean Back Vids put together a list statistics for Video Blog RSS feeds using the Feedburner Awareness API. The below statistics basically show you how many people are watching a given video blogger's feed over the last 6 months. I'm not a video blogger per se so I'm stoked that I'm even on the list. I had no idea that many people we're watching my feed. More juicy nerdiness over at VlogMap. These stats are limited to people who have Feedburner Awareness API thing enabled.
|10||TheLastMinute (yay me!)||18500||181938|
My bro has another fantastic video blog up. Check it out here.
Old news but still worth mentioning that Blogging is even easier than ever. You can now use MS word to write your blogger blog posts.
Me: NO IT DOESN'T
Reader: So why is that the title of your post jackass?
Me: I want people looking for "Typepad sucks" to find out that they don't suck.
The other day I wrote that I hated Typepad due to some frustration with their new features. How spoiled am I? They give me double the storage and double the bandwidth and I'm complaining about how it's hard to do something that the new features weren't really designed for. I've already deleted that post but it must have caught someone's eye.
The product manager at Typepad emailed me and was like: "I heard you are having issues, get at me dog." He didn't say it like that but that's how I thought of the email in my mind. Receiving an unsolicited email from a product manager about a complaint is unheard of. My brain could almost not comprehend it. Was this a company that actually cares what the lowly customer actually thinks? Can you imagine getting an email from a company's product manager saying they heard you'd had a complaint and we're curious if they could make it better? He even apologized about the unsolicited email. Good manners and everything... Wow.
So I emailed him back and suggested we chat over IM due to the nature of my complaint. He writes me back and we have a discussion on IM. All of a sudden there is a human on the other end of the line. This was not elevator music and some annoying woman's voice saying they value your call. This was a person trying to make his product better by initiating contact with me.
I tell him my problem, he adds it to the list of things to do and says they'll try to make it better. I tell him about other complaints and he tells me they've already fixed a bunch of them. I also tell him a thing or two he didn't know and he plans on looking into them. I ask him about transparency and he suggests they're trying to become more transparent with the stuff they're working on.
You might think this isn't feasible to do with bigger companies and you're probably right. Then again Typepad isn't exactly small either. How many times have you been asked for your input from the product manager of a company? Probably never...
I don't want to tell you how the product manager found me because I don't want his feed(s) to lose value by people trying to chime in. If you're a tech nerd you'll know how he found my post. The point is, they're listening very well. THEY GET IT! They understand that blogs are not just about publishing, but rather they're also about listening.
Typepad doesn't suck.
In fact it's pretty sweet.
It's great for lazy nerds like me who don't want to write a whole bunch of code or design a site from scratch. I'd install Movable Type or WordPress on my own server but then why bother? Just use Typepad!
Another friend of mine has started blogging. His blog is called Einstein's Smarter Brother. He's a film buff/geek/nerd like me so you can expect "Almost Daily Movie Trivia", movie reviews, and other interestingness.
Why don't you post comments on blogs? You know who you are Mr. and Mrs. closet reader. I've asked people I know about why they don't ever post comments on blogs and some typical excuses include:
I don't have anything to say.
My response: If you don't have anything to say about anything you've got serious problems. If you don't have a comment relating to the topic at hand you might as well say something to show that you're reading.
I don't want the whole world to see what I wrote.
My response: Why would you care about that? Look at me, I post poorly written half baked stuff on my blog all the time. Who cares about what people think!! It's just fun to exchange ideas and to learn about the world even if it's not the most eloquent of bros before prose.
I'm too busy to post comments on these so called blogs.
My response: If you were so busy you wouldn't be looking at the blog in the first place. Also, it takes all of three seconds to post a comment.
I'd rather remain anonymous.
My response: So then post a comment and don't use your real name you retard.
I have better things to do than post comments on your crappy blog.
My response: We all have better things to be doing but since you're already reading this you might as well participate.
People should chime in to make a statement or least to say hello. Otherwise what the hell is the point of blogs? Blogs are about the two way exchange of information. Are you just so used to being told how you're going to consume your media that you find posting comments strange or awkward? If you don't want to participate in the process go back to reading the dinosaur blogs.