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Save 60% On .Info Domains

Save 60% On Info Domains

Logic Box (our partner for Typepad Domains) is offering a discount we want to share with you. When you buy an .info domain you will receive a 60% discount. You can purchase your domain easily through Typepad and apply it to your blog. You have until December 31st, 2017 to purchase your .info domain from Typepad.

To Purchase Your Domain

Click on the Accounts tab, then click on Domain Mapping. Under Domain Mapping, type in the domain you want. From the drop down, select info, then click on Check Availablility.

Domain Mapping Step One

If the domain is available, you will see the discounted price. Click on Select to purchase your domain.Domain Mapping Step Two

Domain Mapping Step ThreeTip: We recommend you purchase Privacy Protection for your domain. This will shield your personal information from data miners that could use our information to contact you for their services. Before you check out, click on Add Privacy Protection. In the pop up, click on the toggle to turn it on. This will be a $4.50 charge and click on Save Settings. Privacy Protection is not part of the discount.

Domain Mapping Step FourOnce you have selected your purchase, click on Checkout. You will need to quickly create an account with Logic Box. Once you have an account (this is separate from your Typepad account), you can select to pay with PayPal or use your Typepad account. Last, click Pay Online.

You will be taken back to Typepad to approve the transaction. Click on the Approve button, then click on Complete Registration. After the registration is completed, you will be directed back to the Domain Mapping page.

Below Domain Map with Typepad, you will see your new domain. Click on Map a Typepad Domain. Add your subdomain (examples: www, blog) then select your new domain from the drop down. Next to My Blog, select the blog you want to map the domain to. Put a check next to Forward the non-www domain to this subdomain. Next, click on Begin Domain Mapping.

Domain Mapping Step Seven

Last, scroll down to Mapped Domains and click on Activate. We suggest that you wait for a little while before activating the mapping.

Now your blog has a great custom domain and you saved money!! Win Win!


Prints and Painting Blogs from Shop Typepad

Prints  paintings  etc.

Typepad loves to promote our bloggers! You can help support them too by doing your holiday shopping at Shop Typepad. We know you will find something unique for that special person(s) in your life! 



Printing BlogsPrints, paintings, etc.

A Fanciful Twist: Blog | Shop

The Black Apple: Blog | Shop

Cinnamon Pink: Blog | Shop

Karla Dornacher: Blog | Shop

enJOY it: Blog | Shop

Nepal Art Dogs: Blog | Shop

Claudia Roulier's Art: Blog | Shop

Volume 25: Blog | Shop

Aerial Combat: Blog | Shop

Floating Lemons: Blog | Shop

Elaine Phipps: Blog | Shop

She Dreams if the Sea: Blog | Shop


Mobile Themes Rolling Out Of Beta

Mobile Themes Rolling Out Of Beta

Users spend on average 69% of their media time on smartphones. (Source

A mobile responsive site looks professional and shows you care about your reader's experience on your site. Also, Google loves mobile responsive sites. So much so, they are prioritizing sites that are mobile responsive sites in search results.

We are excited to announce we are rolling out our Nimble Themes (mobile responsive themes) from Beta! They will now be available for everyone. We have 19 Nimble Themes for you to make your own. If you do not see the themes right away, you can join our Beta Team

Create A Test Blog

We know you are excited to get started and we've made it as easy as possible to get going. Before you jump in feet first for your main blog, we recommend you create a Test Blog. This will allow you to personalize one of our Nimble Themes before you apply it to your blog. Take your time with all the cool features and apply it when you are ready. No rush!

View Our Nimble Themes

Click on the Blogs tab, then the name of the blog. Click on the Design tab, then Choose Theme. On the left, click on Design Lab (Responsive). Here you will see all our Nimble Themes. Select the one that works best for your blog, then click on Choose.

Customize Your Theme

Style Tabs
Click on a tab to customize

After you have selected your Nimble Theme, click on the Style tab. Here you can customize your blog with your brand colors and fonts. There are many things you change about the design. When you select a color or font it will automatically apply to the preview design of your blog. 

What it looks like when you change the background colors.

 

After you personalize your blog, click on Save Changes.

Apply To Your Main Blog

Once your theme design is complete you can apply it easily to your main blog. Click on the Blogs tab, then click on the name of the blog you want to add the design to. Click on the Design tab. Under Your Design, find the design for your test blog. Click on Actions, then click Apply. Your new design will instantly be applied to your blog. Click on View Blog to see your new mobile responsive blog.

Resources

Below are resources from Everything Typepad and our Knowledge Base.

Make your blog mobile with these great templates!

What Mobile Designs Exist For Me to Use?

How Do I Switch to a Mobile Design?

25 Mobile Design Principles from Google

Design Lab: Adding Custom Fonts

Design Lab: Adding A Banner

Design Lab: Navigation Bar

Design Lab: Posts and Sidebar

Design Lab: Blog Footer and Background

Design Lab: View Collections

 

Nimble On Different Devices

Mobile Example 2
Mobile Example 2
Mobile Example 2

 After you have updated your blog to our new Nimble Themes, post a link in the comments! We would love to see what you have done! 

 


Tweet this! Using Share Link Generator to embed custom tweets

Tweet This

We read blogs to be entertained and/or educated. When you read something funny, enlightening or disturbing you want to share it right away. With the holiday shopping season coming up, you want to make it easy for your readers to share your message/deals with their Twitter followers.

People are 90% more likely to trust and buy from a brand recommended by a friend. (source) Tweet This

ShareLinkGenerator.com enables you to create a Tweet This link your readers can use to easily share to Twitter right away. o0pThis also gives you some control of the message that is tweeted about your post. You can use this to further share an interesting fact or great promotion. 

First, you will need to get the permalink from your blog post. The permalink is generated from your title, make sure you are done changing the title and permalink before you copy the URL.

Get Permalink

Copy the permalink and then go to Bitly and shorten your permalink. Copy the Shorten URL.

Bilty


Twitter ShareThisGo to ShareLinkGenerator.com to generate the link/code to add to the body of your blog post. Under Twitter, enter the text you want your readers to share (an interesting fact or information about a sale), and the URL from Bitly. Then click Create The Link. You will then be given a URL and code to add to the body of your blog.

Grab the URL and then go back to your blog post. Type in the same twitter message (without the Bitly URL) and then type Tweet This. Highlight the text “Tweet This” and then click on the Insert/Edit URL button. Paste in the URL and select to open in new window. Click ok and then Publish your draft. Below is how it will look. 

Love learning new tips for my Typepad Blog. Tweet This

Super easy to use!

Your readers will be able to tweet out interesting facts or information to their Twitter followers from the body of your post. This gives you some control of the message that is sent out from your post. ShareLinkGenerator.com also creates links for other social media sites. Play around and see which one works best for you.

Do not forget to add the share links at the bottom of your blog post by configuring the post/page footer. Give your readers more options to share!

Share in the comments other ways you encourage your readers to share your message. 


There is no such thing as Writer’s Block

Writers block

As a writer, you are presented with two choices, to either write well or perhaps not so well. The choice not to write is not a choice at all. The decision to lay your pen on the block is simply incomprehensible.

There is no blockage. No hurdle. No chains, holding you back in the damp, dingy darkness of Plato’s cave. Your creative arteries are fine, but your decision to write is real. Your life and your dreams depend on it.

When you write nothing, you use the melodramatic excuse of the amateur.

A professional writer, on the other hand, has the courage and distinguishes themselves by writing every day. They write their blog daily, and they write with great tenacity and purpose.

Their writing is different.

Their words do not strike the same shallow chord as the sporadic, sharply tuned tongue, of the venomous keyboard warrior. They write with purpose. They compose their words with meaning.

Their writing has an aim. It is written with passion and is meant to make a difference.

It is composed daily, not episodically, when the mood strikes.

A professional writer is very different than their amateur counterpart. They set out every morning, to dutifully and unmistakably struggle with the task of writing. They wrestle and fight. They are determined to give their ideas a new life, no matter how premature, or perhaps overdue they might appear. They give birth to their thoughts, and moves on to the next entry.

Experiencing a writer’s block is a myth. It is a subtle sign of a diseased literary mind. A mind imprisoned by a doubt and crippled with fear.

When I was a little boy, I just loved to write. I wrote poems, performed plays, and shared joyfully with the world, or anyone that would stop to listen. I expected nothing in return.

When I grew older, I convinced myself that my work was worthless, unreadable, a mistake, and that my innermost thoughts didn’t really matter to anyone. I left the real work of writing to professionals. I grew into, a very unhappy amateur writer, but a solid technical writer, with writer’s block. I wrote very well, but only when an opportunity presented itself to pass the next academic course, or receive the next degree or diploma.

My passion for the joy of writing was released very recently.

I have been freed from bondage, right here on typepad.com.

It all started when I found Seth Godin’s blog and for more than a year now, I have remained a loyal reader. Seth’s words continue to remain a great source of inspiration.

Seth’s blog is like oxygen.

I take a deep breath every morning.

He is also the reason why I signed up here at typepad.com, in the first place. Typepad.com came highly recommended. I debated using other blog options, but decided that for the few cents that it costs a day, it might just be the difference that I needed.

And here I am.

I have published over two hundred entries and have written well over one hundred thousand words.

I write about the meaning of life, my dreams, childhood memories, and to encourage others to discover their tenacity and greatness, in a culture which sometimes is a little numb to recognize the beauty and wonderment that surrounds us.

I write to remind myself to not be afraid. To seize the day, and avoid living a life of quiet desperation. I write so that no one needlessly approaches their deathbed with their song still in them.

I write every day, to avoid being an amateur. I write so I don’t become a person who struts his stuff upon the stage, and signifying nothing, is heard no more.

I believe you and I, merit an opportunity to be heard.

So I write for you.

Without a writer’s block.

I hope you’ll write for me.

 

This  was written by Guest Blogger Greg Kieszkowski from Ten Minas. Thank you for sharing with us. 

To learn more about being a guest blogger for Typepad, check out Be a Guest Blogger for Typepad.


Featured Blog: Clearly and Simply

Clearly and Simply Featured blog

Clearly and Simply is written by Robert Mundigl from Munich Germany. The name is taken from a quote by the Austrian/British Philosopher Sir Karl Popper:

Anyone who cannot speak clearly and simply should say nothing and continue to work until he can do so.

He has been writing about data analysis and data visualization with Microsoft Excel and Tableau Software since 2009. He addresses advanced topics in Excel and Tableau and provides information for experienced, maybe even expert users of these applications. Clearly and Simply focuses on intelligent data analysis and showcases tools and techniques to help turn your data into useful information. Alexa.com rates Clearly and Simply in the category Computers>Spreadsheets among the top 20 websites worldwide (rank 20, Source).

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Interview with Kevin from Attitude of Gratitude

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Attitude of Gratitude is a blog about gratitude written by Kevin Carroll. Inspired by a gratitude themed retreat, he decided to express his gratitude through blogging. There are many wonders around us and Kevin writes about his gratitude for all. Recently he turned some of his posts into a book titled A Moment’s Pause For Gratitude. Amongst the excitement of his first book, Kevin was kind enough to answer a few questions about his blog and book. For that, we are thankful.

1) Can you tell us about yourself and your blog?

I devoted forty years of my life to teaching, mostly at the high school level. I retired in June 2015. While I was born and raised in San Francisco, I’ve lived in the Santa Clara Valley since 1972. My wife, Kathy, and I have three young adult sons and two grandchildren.

In November 2006, I attended a weekend retreat at the Jesuit Retreat Center in Los Altos, California. The theme of the retreat was “gratitude.” I wanted to find some way to maintain the focus on gratitude I was experiencing at the conclusion of that weekend retreat. I decided to start a blog.

My first blog post was December 23, 2006. Now, almost eleven years later, I have more than 1,500 posts on the blog I named “Attitude of Gratitude.” The purpose of my blog is to express my gratitude for the people, experiences, opportunities, and abilities I have been blessed with throughout my lifetime. I also hope to inspire others to focus on gratitude in their own lives.

2) What is your process for writing a blog post?

In the blog’s first full year (2007), I wrote every day. Since that time, to avoid blogging becoming a chore rather than something I enjoy doing, I write when I have something to say. Topics for my blog can come from anywhere — memories, experiences, quotes, songs, or things I observe as I go about my day.

My process? I sit down and write. That’s pretty much it. I was an English major, with an emphasis in writing, at Santa Clara University, so I am passionate about good writing. Spelling, punctuation, and grammar are important to me. Writing is a gift, and I try to do it to the best of my ability.

4) What is your favorite feature in Typepad?

I have been very impressed with the tech support Typepad provides. I’ve had very few problems in the eleven years I’ve been blogging, but whenever I did encounter a problem, people from tech support were there to guide me through it.

6) What is the most important thing you have learned from blogging?

I think it’s important for bloggers to realize that if you put it “out there” in the blogosphere, anyone can read it. Be smart about what you publish.

Actual Cover7) What made you decide to create a book? Any advice for bloggers that want to make a book from their blog?

For several years, I’ve received feedback from readers of my blog recommending that I consider publishing some of my work. I always thought it would be a good idea, but I was busy with my teaching job, so I didn’t have the time to do so. When I retired, I committed myself to doing nothing for the first year. I needed a break from life. My goal for the second year of my retirement was to publish a book of some of my blog posts.

The book, A Moment’s Pause for Gratitude, contains fifty posts. I preface each one with a quote, and I added a few reflection questions for the reader after each post.

For those who might be considering making a book from their blog, I’d recommend that they read “How to Blog a Book” by Nina Amir and “Demons of the Blank Page” by Roland Merullo.

9) What is one goal for your blog in the next 6 months?

The next six months will be a challenge for me. I will be marketing my book, which will take some time. I also want to begin my next book, with a target publication date of October 2018. Despite these commitments, I will continue blogging on the topic of gratitude, though the frequency of my posts may be less than in the past.

Bio

Kevin CarrollKevin Carroll was born and raised in San Francisco, California. He is a graduate of Saint Ignatius College Preparatory, Santa Clara University (B.A. in English/Writing), and the University of San Francisco (M.A. in Education). After a forty-year career in education, Kevin retired in June 2015 to pursue a second career in writing.

Kevin, and his wife Kathy, currently live in San José, California. They have three sons and two adorable grandchildren, Liam and Emily.

When he is not writing or playing with his grandkids, Kevin enjoys reading and spending time outdoors. He has been inspired by the writings of Paulo Coelho, Coach John Wooden, Roland Merullo, Hal Urban, Janice Kaplan, Harold Ivan Smith, Jack London, Father Jim Martin, S.J., Frank McCourt, and many more accomplished authors.

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An Early Guide To The Shopping Holidays

An Early Guide To Shopping Holidays

It is so easy to put it off. The change to Fall, the crisp air, your need for a pumpkin spice latte. Go get one, we will wait…. They are good, right? Well, there is something you need to start thinking about if you make money off your blog.  Holiday Promotions. You guessed it. The shopping holidays are just around the corner and you should start preparing now. Your readers will want to know if you are planning any holiday promotions. Tease them early so they add you to their gift buying plan. We have gathered information from our sources into one place to help you get started. 

We know you would rather be enjoying an evening walk with loved ones, but if you do this planning now, you can walk with them more during the holiday season. 

Dates

The main shopping holidays to start planning for: 

Halloween Tuesday, Oct 31st
Thanksgiving Thursday, Nov 23rd
Black Friday, Nov 24th
Small Business Saturday, Nov 25th
Cyber Monday, Nov 27th
Giving Tuesday, Nov 28th
Hanukkah Begins Tuesday, Dec 12th
Hanukkah Ends Wednesday, Dec 20th
Christmas Eve Sunday, Dec 24th
Christmas Day Monday, Dec 25th
New Year's Day Sunday, Jan 1st

These are the main holidays that US customers expect to find promotions for. Use that to your advantage. These holidays encourage people to purchase gifts for their loved ones. 

You should have a plan for an overall promotion and each shopping holiday should have its own version of the promotion. If you are blogging for business, we recommend you take the time to think out a Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, and Giving Tuesday strategy. These are the main shopping days readers plan for. Letting readers know you will be providing deals during these holidays will help them plan their shopping strategy.

Organizations to help you prepare

This is a one stop post to help you get started on your strategy. We did the research for you and prepared a list of places to start. Their websites are full of information that can help guide your holiday strategy. 

Small Business Saturday  Giving Tuesday

Create Material for your Small Business Saturday Promotions

Get your Community together for Small Business Saturday

Giving Tuesday Blog

Giving Tuesday's Tool Kit

Typepad Constant Contact

Call To Action Button

Pre-Schedule Posts

Prepare for Small Business Saturday

Prepare for Cyber Monday

Prepare for Giving Tuesday

Constant Contacts Holiday Blog

Constant Contact Content Calendar

Hashtags

Hashtags are a great way to get found through social media. We have gathered a list of all the hashtags we could find for each of the shopping holidays and put them in an easy to read infographic for you to use! Use them along with your branded hashtags to help  promote your blog and deals. 

Holiday Season Hashtags
You will feel relieved after all the planning is done and you can sit back and relax during this holiday season. Now go get another pumpkin spiced latte as your reward, then let us know how you plan for these shopping holidays. What promotion strategies have worked for you in the past? What has not worked? What is your go to source to help get ideas for the coming shopping holidays? Share with your fellow Typepad Bloggers!

 


Featured Blog: NewC Blog Favorites

NewC Blog

NewC Blog Favorites is written by artist Don Robbins. He showcases his original artwork for all to see with musings of his day to day life. When he is not designing products he loves to cook. You can purchase shirts and canvases of his art. The sale of his artwork is to help fund a purchase of a car, check it out here.  You can also purchase T-shirts from his Amazon store with his artwork.  

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Featured Blog: Time Goes By

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Time Goes By is written by Ronni Bennett, who had a captivating career in media before she took up blogging. Her idea for the blog started when she looked around a room and thought to herself “My god, I am the oldest person in this room and not by a few years, by decades.” That is when she started researching everything about getting older. After years of research she decided to start the blog, Time Goes By. Ronni is passionate about sharing what she has learned with others. She writes not only about getting older, but about blogging, culture, politics and much more! Check out her blog to learn more about getting older. We all will be there soon.

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