Welcome. And a little explanation.
Cursed to First on blogspot was begun for two main reasons: One, I was already a blogging fanatic, through what I have always considered my "main" blog, Grand Mental Station, but my increasing obsession with the Patriots and Red Sox was beginning to overtake the personal content there; and two, the now defunct Bambino's Curse showed me that writing about sports from a humanistic rather than a statistical standpoint was not only possible, but could be successful.
In starting the blog, then, I had two main goals: one, to un-clutter Grand Mental Station; and two, to develop my skills writing about a new subject.
What eventually came about, though, was beyond what I had ever envisioned. I owe it largely to the popularity of the Boston Red Sox, about which, if the sheer number of blogs and professional media sources devoted to them is any indication, people cannot read enough; and to the popularity of Bambino's Curse, which in turn translated into popularity for me after I was linked there several times.
The result of this was a strong community of bloggers, sports fans, and sports blog fans, each with an important and unique perspective on the game, players, writing, and what each of them means. Because Cursed to First was in the right place, both literal and figurative, at the right time, it became its own thriving hub within that community.
But there have been problems, especially with the Blogger interface. Blogger was my first home on the Web, and without their user-friendly interface, I would never have developed what rudimentary HTML and web design skills I am now translating into the slightly more advanced Typepad. But, like many bloggers (including Ed) before me, I have outgrown it for several reasons.
One issue--and perhaps the biggest--is comments. Blogger's internal commenting system is virtually impossible to negotiate; first it required a LiveJournal-style sign-in to Blogger (problematic for those without a Blogger account), and then required that posts to the comments be published through Blogger's publishing system, which then leads me to my next issue, with their service, which I'll get to in a moment.
To avoid using Blogger's comments, I started using Haloscan for trackback and commenting, and it was a decent service, except for two things: one, comments were truncated at a certain length, and two, comments could not be archived. After a certain length of time (I never figured out exactly what it was, maybe a month?) all the comments on previous entries disappeared.
About the time I began to realize the problems with comments and trackbacks on Blogger sites using Haloscan, I began to encounter more and more sites using Typepad or Moveable Type. One of the best features of these services is that comments are as easy to publish as with Haloscan but are archived with posts. This is crucial with a blog, since it is a community as well as one person's soapbox.
Another thing I liked about Typepad / Moveable Type sites is the way it allows the blog author to group content by category. I thought this could be especially useful to me given that I write about two separate sports and teams on this site, and cover a number of different subjects, from actual game stories to profiles of players to observations on what's happening in the rest of the busy sports-blog world. Sorting my archives by category was an extremely attractive option for me.
But the main impetus for switching publishing tools was the extreme unreliability of Blogger's service in the past six months or so. Every author I know who used Blogger experienced lost posts, difficulty navigating between areas on the Blogger site (such as going from "Publish Status" to "Edit Posts"), being booted out of the system unexpectedly or in the middle of writing, encountering "Page Not Found" errors when trying to sign in--I even know of a few horror stories of entire blogs being "eaten" within Blogspot's servers. In the past month and a half, these problems have grown steadily worse and steadily more irritating to me--finally enough for me to make the switch, despite its possible drawbacks.
The most major of the drawbacks to switching to Typepad were the cost and the inconvenience, not only of starting over with a new design and publishing tool but of getting readers to follow me to a new location. The cost issue was mitigated through heavy rationalization and I can only hope about the second issue--that what I feel strongly will be a much improved tool for my use will be the same for you.
But I want to emphasize that while the mechanical elements of this blog and its Web address have changed, its essential content will not. I will still be writing from the humanistic, literary side of sports, especially baseball, and will still be chronicaling the extraordinary journey of the Boston Red Sox franchise and its fans.
In other words: same time, same place, new channel.