I use Typepad to publish and maintain this website. It's a pretty good solution that allows a fair degree of customization, mobile posting options and plenty of space for my words and photos. I switched from Google's Blogger a bit more than a year back and I'm glad for the increased control that Typepad gives me.
It costs $149 a year to host the site. The 2 ads I have plus the Amazon links cover about half the cost. So mostly it's a hobby that costs me about as much as a good meal without drinks.
I'm not a web design guru like Heidi, though, so I have basically been stuck with the posting templates that Typepad provides. That limited how I can use photos within a post and was kind of frustrating. So when Typepad announced an upgrade to the composing software, I was pretty happy. I kept waiting for it. And waiting. I don't wait well. Eventually it turned out that the announcement was that they were rolling the upgrade out over the course of the summer, and my turn had not come yet.
I occasionally get a bit snarky when I feel neglected or affronted, so I left a petulant comment on the Typepad site noting that I was paying for this service, blah blah blah.
A gracious Typepad employee saw the post and magically granted me access to the fabled new composing software, which I used last night to create a post with photos on 2 different side of the page. (Sounds simple, but I had to start somewhere!)
So I'd like to thank Krissy Teegerstrom, Typepad's Community Manager for the upgrade. Her personal blog is Artisthenewreligion. There's a lot of good art, videos and commentary there. Stop by and tell her Another Delco Guy sent you.