You may have noticed some formatting changes here. These are not necessarily intentional and not the image I want to project. However, the tools available to me seem horribly inadequate. I don’t consider myself a TypePad power user but I am technical enough to get myself in trouble (case in point.)
That said, it should not be nearly as difficult as it would seem to customize my blog, it is after all MY BLOG. I just upgraded to TypePad’s pro service because I could hand code the HTML if I so desire (and I’m at that point.)
This all started because I wanted to add certain links into my page and I wanted to be able to hit pingomatic each time I publish. I can’t do that from within the standard interface. Frankly I don’t know if adding their html script into my index.html page will do the trick (the trick being to ping every time I publish).
Why can’t I just add new services to ping from the standard interface? I shouldn’t have to contemplate all of this HTML code. It was similarly a kludge when I added a link to FeedBurner and my CreativeCommons license. Not hard mind you, but a Kludge nonetheless and one that seems to have tweaked my format undesirably.
Also, the WYSIWYG editor doesn’t always seem to follow my
commands, particularly if I’ve (as I usually do) enter my original draft from
Word. Say what you want about MSFT, but
Word is what I use and what most people use…why can’t the WYSIWYG editor do a
competent cut and paste every time. I
use standard fonts, I’m not doing anything overly complex. Even the HTML editor doesn’t always follow
instructions well, ugh. Moreover, why doesn't the preview button show me how my new post will appear within my template?
I think TypePad has a long way to go in making their product more user friendly…I am not at this point going to recommend it to clients who are looking to set up new blogs. On the positive side, I’m learning a lot about the interface several of my clients use, so I have a requisite skill set that might come in handy.
If anyone has suggestions I’m all ears.