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April 8 - TypePad Basics Class (Free)

Here's the Webex recording.

Join veteran blogger and general TypePad smarty-pants Andy Wibbels in a 1-hour session on how to get the most out of your TypePad blog. We'll walk through the essential basics to set the stage for a superstar blog. This class is completely free and is open to anyone, anywhere.

In this workshop you'll:

  • Create your first blog and start posting immediately
  • Learn how to post images, upload files and add videos to your blog
  • Change the style of your blog to match your personality or business brand
  • Integrate your blog with Facebook, LinkedIn and other social networks to increase your blog's reach

Blog SEO Basics Class Videos and Slides

What is search engine optimization? How does it work? How does it help your blog?

Join the TypePad team for a guided tour of the top search engine strategies for bloggers. Led by Andy Wibbels. This class is completely free and is open to anyone, anywhere.

Click here to view the recording.

Here's the slides:


Learning Cool Things From Our Community

6a00d8341c914353ef0112790a790928a4-pi I'm always amazed at the creativity of our TypePad bloggers, and the way that you share your smarts with the rest of our community is a lovely way to give back some of your creativity.

One of our favorite Etsy-bloggers, all things girls can tell, shows you step-by-step instructions (with text AND photos) to show you how to do your own silk screening.



Do you have a favorite blog that inspires you? Share it with all of us in the comments.


May 13 - TypePad Basics Class (Free)

Recording and screencast here.

Join veteran blogger and general TypePad smarty-pants Andy Wibbels in a 1-hour session on how to get the most out of your TypePad blog. We'll walk through the essential basics to set the stage for a superstar blog. This class is completely free and is open to anyone, anywhere.

In this workshop you'll:

  • Create your first blog and start posting immediately
  • Learn how to post images, upload files and add videos to your blog
  • Change the style of your blog to match your personality or business brand
  • Integrate your blog with Facebook, LinkedIn and other social networks to increase your blog's reach

Super Slick Social Media Buttons

Digg, Facebook and other social media buttons

Just found this on Delicious: Several collections of super-sexy and super-shlick! social media buttons to ornament your blog. Juicy enough to eat, shiny enough enough to click. Here's a complete view of all the collections of buttons.

Your links to your other online profiles might get lost in your sidebars. Use buttons like the to call more attention to your Facebook or LinkedIn profiles.

Download the icon set and unzip it some place you'll remember (I always do Desktop).

Choose the icons you want and upload them to TypePad. (Control Panel > Files)

Pop them into your sidebars and link them to the relevant profiles (Design > Content > Widgets and use the Embed Your Own HTML widget).


May 27 - Building Websites with TypePad (Free)

Here's a link to the recording from this seminar.

Join veteran blogger and general TypePad smarty-pants Andy Wibbels in a 1-hour session on how to build a basic website with TypePad. We'll walk through tips, tricks and techniques to building a website in a matter of minutes. This class is completely free and is open to anyone, anywhere.

Building Websites with TypePad

  • Wednesday May 27
  • One 1-hour session

Business Blogging Best Practices

Here's the video replay:

Navigating the landscape of blogging and social media can be a challenge for any business. Join the TypePad team for a guided tour through the best practices and cases studies on bringing social media to your business. Led by TypePad Business Class account manager Claire Alcock and TypePad trainer Andy Wibbels.


Turn Your Blog into a Book with Blurb

Here's the video

Join TypePad smarty-pants Andy Wibbels and Chad Jennings from Blurb on how to turn your blog into a bookstore-quality book!

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We'll walk through the top tools and tactics to turn your blog's text and photos into a high-quality, super-snazzy book!

If you want to be super-prepared, check out the Blurb site and Chad can answer our questions.

This class is completely free and is open to anyone, anywhere.


Make a Wordle Word Cloud of Your Blog

This tip works for TypePad, Vox, Blogger, WordPress, Movable Type - any blog platform with a feed.

Word clouds take the words from a text source - like I don't know maybe like a blog! - and toss it into a matrix of words where the most frequent words are largest and less frequent words are smaller. Here's one for Everything TypePad:

Wordle

Here's how to make your own Word Cloud with Wordle:

  1. Go to http://www.wordle.net/create.
  2. Enter your blog URL or feed and click Submit. The Wordle app loads - it might take a little bit since it is a Java app - hang tight or go get a snack.
  3. Wordle then displays your blog's word cloud. You can change the orientation and shape of the word cloud with the Layout option. Also be sure to experiment with the Color and Font options.
  4. Once you like the layout and design of the cloud click on Save to Gallery and fill out your blog title and info. Wordle saves your word cloud to their gallery.
  5. At the bottom you'll also see some HTML to embed your word cloud into a post.
  6. In a separate browser window go to compose a new post in your blog platform.
  7. You'll need to Edit HTML since we'll be pasting in the raw HTML for the word cloud.
  8. Copy and paste the code for your word cloud from Wordle into the Compose screen. Write some commentary and give the cloud a title.
  9. Preview or save.

If you want a bigger image of your Wordle word cloud, take a screenshot, crop it and upload it.


I Love Blogging: Broadcasting 'My Passions Through My Posts'

Blog_300For Valentine's week we regaled you with essays from several Six Aparters on why they loved blogging (and so many of you also chimed in!). Tiff's essay got stuck in my junk folder and so I mea culpa to her and to you. It is never too late to declare your love for blogging! In this post, Product Manager Tiff Chow reveals her history and love of blogging:

It all started when I was interning at Six Apart during the golden summer of 2006. I was a theme designer on Vox, and I figured if I wanted to "keep it real" with the company it was probably in my best interest to start blogging. In my salad days I had attempted writing on sites like Xanga and Blogger, but only managed to assemble an unsatisfactory handful of teenage sob stories. I had no choice but to make a proper showing of myself, so I started my Vox blog posting about the sordid subjects that mattered most to me most.

Little did I know that the things that pertained to my interests, pertained to other folks' interests too, and through Vox I began to realize how terrifically fulfilling it was to broadcast my passions through my posts. As I honed in on my subject matter (which are predominantly videogames, graphic design, and oddities of the Internet), I received more lively responses from my co-workers, colleagues, and readers who I had never met before. My blog became a platform where I could explore my fanaticism while exchanging that enthusiasm with others, and through this dialogue I had created an unexpected social entity that is the reason I still blog today.

Blogging has since become a major social component of my life, and it's hard for me to imagine where I'd be today without it. Through my blog (which is now comfortably situated on TypePad at http://tiffchow.typepad.com/) I've scored a writing gig in the videogame industry, acquainted myself with great friends I would have never otherwise met, and discovered more potential in myself than I would have ever imagined.

Naturally some things are better said in person, but through growing and sharing my blog I've realized that some things are equally better said in... well, blog (you get the point) because I can share things with anyone. It's this key social proponent that keeps me posting about the things I love, engaging with a spectrum of people I might otherwise never speak to, and maintains my optimism that blogging has the power to move us in ways we haven't even seen yet.

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Tiff Chow is a Product Manager on the TypePad team and  blogs at .tiff. Tiff's an avid gamer, illustrator and all-around creative dynamo. She is also the inventor of the super-mimosa.