I’ve been reading lots of reports about the current TypePad outage, but while the outage is still going on, I don’t want to appear to interfere. I remember how awful it was to have popular bloggers jumping on my case when I last had a big outage.
This time, after the outage is cleared, we should begin a discussion, in earnest, about getting user’s data in a format that makes it easy to move between blogging software, and storing that data somewhere that’s not likely to go offline when there’s an outage. I think this will do a lot to help users feel empowered, which is the hardest part about not being able to access your blog, the feeling that there’s nothing you can do to help yourself. (David Berlind writes passionately about this.)
Of course there will be debate about what the format should be, it wouldn’t be the software industry without such a debate, but this time we should reach closure and interop. But let’s hold off that discussion until the outage is over and the users are back up.