The first thing that I noticed about the TypePad beta is that I got to choose the url: http://firststep.blogs.com. Over time, my fingers have developed some pretty good muscle memory for 0118153. But just try telling someone that your blog is at: http://radio.weblogs.com/0118153 - it took me weeks to be able to remember it.
And while it’s not like I’d definitely dump Radio for TypePad to get a better url, I have to say that it is a factor. So just in case UserLand is listening, I’m willing to pay an extra $10/year for a better url. Heck, I’m willing to pay an extra $20-$30/year + registration fees for my own domain name.