Executive Summary: I highly recommend TypePad for anyone willing to pay a few bucks for a third party to host a blog for them. A great combination of features and usability.
I have got to hand it to the folks at SixApart, they have done a great job,
Yesterday evening I was at a local bar with a bunch of SBS MVPs and other folks involved with small businesses, and I ended up talking to one of them for 20 minutes about how great TypePad was and how easy it was to set up a beautiful looking blog to keep my family updated about my son.
What do I like about TypePad? The first thing that made me smile when I saw it was the UI. It's obvious that a lot of thought has gone into streamlining the UI and minimizing the number of clicks and "where the heck was that option" hunts that you often see with web applications. Some examples:
There are some very handy features on the site as well:
At this point I only have a few minor complaints:
[Update later that evening: I figured out how to delete the trackbacks]