TypePad was briefly off-line this week but was pretty much fixed by the time I saw this tweet:
We really appreciate our bloggers - through this frustrating downtime you have been gracious, witty, and tenacious. Thank you very much!— Typepad (@typepad) March 5, 2014
They were subject to a distributed denial of service attack (and were not alone*):
On Wednesday from approximately 1:15 to 3:45PM Pacific Time, we experienced downtime which prevented the Typepad application and blogs from loading, and we are truly sorry about that.
The downtime was due to a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack on Say Media which impacted not only Typepad but other sites around the internet. (Say Media currently hosts Typepad blogs.)…
Although there are some limitations the joy of not having to patch, protect, upgrade, monitor your blog engine and great support when things do go wrong makes having a hosted blog a joy. Thanks TypePad!
* Meetup was also a DDoS victim this week.
NOTE: TypePad isn’t free for most but they are generously honouring a long standing arrangement to cover my hosting (see Typepad in Disclosure). It was compensation for participating in the TypePad Customer Advisory Board. It is no longer active but when queried several years ago refused to reinstate billing. The equivalent of that annual fee is donated to RobiNZ Blog Kiva Team.