**I am not being paid or perked by Typepad for this post. **
People frequently ask me questions about blogging, specifically about how to get started. I feel like there is a lot of good information on the internet about finding your voice, blogging regularly, and blogging your passion. What there is not a lot of information about are the platforms. Toss this question to any group of bloggers and the general consensus will be,
"Start on blogger 'cause it's free, then when you're ready you should move to self-hosted Wordpress."
May I offer a different alternative? Typepad. I've been on Typepad since the very beginning, so I can't give you an educated list of pros and cons, but I can tell you why it's worked for me, and why I recommend it to everyone who's starting.