I've been a happy TypePad user for about six years now (yes, I wrote a book about WordPress, which you should buy, but that doesn't mean I can only like one blogging engine. If anyone wants me to write a book about TypePad let me know and we'll talk) and for most of that time I've been extremely happy with it.
Today I'm hanging out at Barnes and Noble and using a laptop that doesn't have MarsEdit on it, so that means I had to log into TypePad to compose a post (this post isn't the reason I logged into TypePad, but I figured I might as well post whilst I was still slightly miffed). My blog is using TypePad's new interface which is pretty snazzy (though this text field I am typing in is pretty laggy which shouldn't happen on a new MacBook Pro with 4 gigs of RAM). One of the new features, it seems, is an alert system that SixApart can use to try and get me to visit their TypePad blog when I am composing a post. Sweet!
You can see it up there in that image, it is that yellow banner suggesting I check out this post for some bloggerly inspiration. Now, there is a red 'x' that allows you to close the alert but why the heck is TypePad advertising their blog to me when I am trying to post something to my own blog? I could understand if TypePad were free, but it isn't. In fact, TypePad positions itself as the service for 'serious bloggers.' Should serious bloggers be pandered to with yet another pointless top ten list right at the moment when inspiration has struck (otherwise why would I be on the Compose a Post screen)? I think not.
Now, there might be a preference somewhere to turn this annoyance off (which would be great) but I don't think this sort of thing has any place on a paid blogging service.