Sorry, all: I haven't visited this thread for ages, simply because my crapulous brain told me I'd 'finished' it with my reference to Typepad.
I did start my blog using Typepad, and it's functional. Sort of. Well, it's a blog, and it works: but thrilling it ain't. I'm only doing it because my publishers want me to have at least one type of social networking presence, and that's one I can produce without too much angst.