Spotlight On: Tax Prep!

January 30, 2015

There are so many great blogs on Typepad, covering every subject you can imagine from business to bartending, parenting to printmaking. We regularly scout for great blogs in the Typepad Showcase that fit a particular theme and are guaranteed to inspire. Today, we've rounded up some of the best of Typepad's tax business and law bloggers, seasoned professionals who are here to help and educate. Click over and visit - after all, 'tis the season!


Don't Mess With Taxes:
Texas journalist Kay Bell translates taxes into money-saving English, helping make your tax tasks less, well, taxing.

Don't Mess With Taxes

Economist's View:
Economics professor and CBS News finance writer Mark Thoma offers up lessons and editorial narrative on a variety of money and tax related topics.

Econimist's View

Tom Copeland's Taking Care of Business:
Tom Copeland has carefully crafted a great blog on running a childcare business, focusing on everything from record keeping to taxes to money management and retirement planning.

Tom Copeland's Taking Care of Business

TaxProf Blog:
Smartly edited by Pepperdine University School of Law Professor Paul L. Caron, TaxProf Blog offers up smart advice and news from around the tax world and academia.

TaxProf Blog

Our Taxing Times:
Our Taxing Times is a blog about US taxes, the tax system, and the tax preparation business from the perspective of a tax professional and business owner.

Our Taxing Times

We hope you enjoyed this week's roundup of fantastic Typepad blogs! Check out more great business finds right here. Interested in joining the Typepad Showcase? Submit your blog today - you might just see yourself in the spotlight!

Typepad University: Adding Instagram Pictures

January 28, 2015

If you're like most of us on the Typepad team, you love Instagram.  You love taking pictures while out and about, trying out all their nifty filters, and sharing them with your friends via social media.

But what if you want to share these pictures with your blog readers?  Using IFTTT, it's a straightforward process!

IFTTT is a service that lets you create connections between other services where no connection previously existed, using their special blend of channels, triggers, and actions (read more here). Just create an IFTTT recipe, add your ingredients, and boom: you're photo blogging.

Instagram hasn't yet added an option to publish directly to your blog from the app, but thanks to IFTTT and Gmail, cross posting from Instagram to Typepad is not only possible, but hassle-free.

To get started, either log in to IFTTT or start an account (it's free!), then click Create a Recipe:

Ifttt1 The next steps are pretty obvious! Just start clicking:

Ifttt2 And then! Ifttt3
Next, choose a "trigger," the thing that makes the cross-posting magic happen. If you want to have any new photo you post to Instagram appear on your blog, just choose "Any new photo by you." Want to have only specifically tagged photos post to your blog? No problem! Choose "New photo by you tagged" - you'll specify which tag during the next step.

Ifttt4
Then just click Create Trigger, and IFTTT will take you here: Ifttt5 Next, choose an action channel - in this case, we'll want to choose Gmail, so make sure you already have a free Gmail account. Click the red Gmail icon, then click Send an email and enter your information, starting with your Typepad Secret Email Address (make sure to use your own - it will not look the same as the one in the example), which you can find at Blogs > Settings > Post by Email. Next, you'll want to customize the rest of the fields or leave them as is - for instance, you may want to edit the Body field if you'd prefer for your post not to say "via Instagram."  You can also leave this blank. Ifttt6
Click Create Action, and you're almost done! Finally, give your recipe a name, and click Create Recipe. That's it! IFTTT will take you back home, where your new recipe is on and ready to go. There, you can turn your recipe off and on, delete it, share it with others, and edit, check, or view it. IFTTT runs triggers about every 15 minutes, so if you don't see your next Instagram photo on your blog right away, don't worry. It will appear there in short order.

Once you do that, your Instagram pictures will be created as new posts that look similar to this:

Ifttt_instagram

Are you looking to add your Instagram pictures to your sidebar instead?  If so, we've got you covered!  If you're using one of our responsive themes, you can use the widget described here.  If you aren't using a responsive theme, you can follow the steps here.

Have any questions or need help getting IFTTT started?  Just ask and someone will be happy to help you out!

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