January 30, 2008
Dear TypePad members,
Since I became CEO of Six Apart back in September, we’ve been working aggressively on our strategy for the New Year and I wanted to share with you some of our plans for TypePad in 2008.
First, I wanted to take a moment to tell you that we’re grateful for the opportunity to work with you. We are continually awed by the passion and talent of our members who change the world every day. We know you use TypePad because you deserve, and expect, the best — and we take that responsibility seriously.
TypePad is the only blogging service that gives you complete ownership of your blog, from design to multimedia content to advertising, with world class support. Our community continues to grow by leaps and bounds with the most inspiring writers, authors, parents, award winners and small business owners around — last year, we welcomed everyone from the Malawi Windmill blog to Martha Stewart to the fold. We’re also able to connect you with the best partners on the web – from Apple’s iPhone to Facebook to PayPal and hundreds more – to continue to upgrade your service. Last year we also made a huge investment in our underlying platform, and though most of you probably didn’t notice this work as it happened, we were setting the stage for tremendous innovations to come this year.
Huge Strides in 2008
Looking ahead, you’ll see more improvements this year than in any other year of TypePad’s history, reflecting our commitment to keep TypePad as the world’s most powerful hosted blogging service. Six Apart has been the pioneer in blogging for more than six years, and this year we’re focusing that expertise into TypePad, where the community will benefit from the innovations in Movable Type 4 and Vox and new resources from the sale of LiveJournal. We’ll deliver the most professional and extensive theme gallery available anywhere, as well as better stats and an improved dashboard, community features to engage your readers, and premium services and support to help you build, design, grow, and profit from your site. We won’t spoil all of the surprises here, but you will hear from us regularly about what to expect throughout the year.
Tell Us What You Need
We’d love to hear what you think is most important for TypePad’s future, which features and functionality you’ve been wishing for, and what you need to be successful as your audience grows. Here are a few ways to give us your feedback and get involved:
- Share your thoughts in the comments.
- Email me personally at chris [dot] alden [at] sixapart [dot] com.
- Interested in spending some time helping us with more in–depth feedback? We’re looking for people like you! Get started by answering a short survey.
Keep an eye on the TypePad team’s efforts this year — we’ll have a lot of big news to share with you!
Christopher J. Alden
Chairman & CEO
Six Apart, Ltd.