Dave Winer has a more extensive post detailing his vision for interoperability, automatic backup, and user-centered hosting. His suggestion that "the user [should] be in full control of his or her content. Users should insist on this level of support from vendors, or take their business to vendors who provide it" squares with the Nielsen top ten blogging mistakes list and emphasises the leap of faith involved in taking "your" stuff and mounting it on "their" technology. Both a practical and philosophical question.
For the short term, The Social Customer Manifesto presents a how-to for bloggers looking to back up TypePad content to a locally hosted file. via Problogger.
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