Typepad's Anil Dash now confirms that all Typepad blogs (...typepad.com as well as ...blogs.com) are defintely blocked in China. He emphasizes this is something that has been done to Typepad, not by Typepad:
Until access is restored, the only recommendations we can make for workarounds is to use any web proxies which are available for routing requests to TypePad through another site. In addition, third-party services for processing syndication feeds aren't currently being blocked, so if you're using another service to enhance your TypePad-published XML feed, it's likely the feed will still be available to audiences in China.
To be clear, the availability of TypePad-powered sites in China isn't something we have control over, but we do hope that full access is restored quickly, as it was last year.
UPDATE: Anil has clarified in the comments section of this post that some typepad.com blogs appear to be accessible in some places, while all blogs.com ones seem to be blocked.
“We are aware of this problem and are looking at things we can do to help. However, since these blocks are put into place by the Chinese government, we honestly do not have very much control over the situation.
Right now, the best suggestion we have is to try accessing your blog through either unipeak.com or proxify.com. We will continue to work on this issue, so thank you for letting us know you're experiencing this problem.”
This is a more explicit response than the official Typepad blogpost, which doesn't actually name the Chinese government or recommend specific proxy services.
Wozy writes that since Typepad is a fee-paying service, and since his main readership can no longer access his blog, he had no choice but to move his blog. He describes how he decided after much comparison-shopping to go with the free hosting service weblogs.us. He also points his readers to the RSS and feedburner feeds of his blogs, which (for now anyway) circumvent the Chinese censors.
UPDATE (6/29, 3pm EDT): CNblog reports Weblogs.us is now blocked too.
I have yet to decide whether and when I'll move this blog to a new host. I have good friends who invest in or work for Typepad's Six Apart. As a non-technical person, I love the service's features and user-friendliness. So I feel really torn.
Meanwhile, people in China who can't or don't want to use proxy servers can subscribe to the content through their
RSS readers (XML feed here) [CORRECTION: rss and Atom feeds are also blocked if not run through a 3rd party service], or click here to read it through Feedburner.