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Featured Blog: The Feminist Grandma

Feminist Grandma

Elizabeth is the writer behind The Feminist Grandma. She has been blogging for the last 6 years, carefully crafting her writing. Her posts are intimate, kind, humorous, frequently sardonic, sometimes poignant. Being retired, she also writes fiction, works with homeless people, and volunteers at a school. Read more about her musings at The Feminist Grandma.

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Featured Blog: Ten Minas

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Tenminas is part motivation, part reflection on what is going on in the world, part personal experience. The blog is written by Greg Kieszkowski, who was inspired by Seth Godin's blog. He started his blog with Typepad and revived his passion for writing. Recently he was a Typepad guest author and helped bust the myth of Writer's Block.  Take the weekend and read what is going on in his world.

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5 Things To Do For Your Blog in 2018

5 Things To Do For Your Blog in 2018

It is a new year and everyone is thinking about what to improve. You can improve many things, but we recommend you focus on your blog. We complied a list of five things you can do to take your blogging to the next level!

Go Mobile

In 2018 more and more people will be on their phones (they are pretty amazing after all). You want to make sure your blog is easy to read on a mobile device. Typepad is here to make it easy to switch over to a mobile theme. You can use our new Design Lab to customize one of our mobile templates. We recommend you create a test blog and design a new mobile theme. Once your design is complete, you can apply it to your main blog.

Custom Domain

A domain should be simple and easy for your readers to remember. You want a domain that tells your reader exactly what your blog is about. Typepad lets you purchase a unique domain and map it to your blog. To purchase a domain, click on the Accounts tab, then Domain Mapping. Under Domain Mapping, type in your domain and click on Check Availability. If your domain is available you can purchase it and apply it to your blog.

Blog Goals

Goals can  give you focus for the year. Create three goals for your blog; one short term goal, one intermediate goal, and one long term goal. Creating the goals may be the easy part. The next, and maybe the hardest part, is breaking the goal down into steps that you can keep track of. The steps should have measurable results and a time frame. Our best advice for you is to write down your goals and your steps. Use a program like Wunderlist to keep track of your progress.

Learn New Things

When you are comfortable with your blog that is when complacency kicks in. It is important to learn new things to help grow and get out of our comfort zone. Learn something new about your blogging subject or learn something new about blogging (like adding an image gallery to your blog posts or create a YouTube channel and start posting videos through Typepad). Use what you have learned and share it with your readers. Show them you are an expert and they can trust your blog.

Read A Book

“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” -Stephen King

When you read you increase your vocabulary and cognitive skills. Reading books will greatly influence your writing. You can read a book about writing, blogging, or whatever you want. The point is to read. Reading helps you get inspiration for your own writing. After you read something you gain knowledge you can use in your own writing. Two great books that come highly recommend to help with writing are Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott and Everybody Writes by Ann Handley.

What is on your 2018 checklist for your blog? Share in the comments to inspire others! 


10 Cheesy Riddles for Christmas

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Merry Christmas from Typepad

We hope your holiday is filled with friends, family, and fun! To help make everyone smile, here are some Christmas themed riddles. 

Mom, can I have a dog for Christmas?
No, you can have turkey like everyone else.

Who is never hungry at Christmas?
The turkey, he is always stuffed.

What do snowmen eat for breakfast?
Snowflakes.

Why are Christmas trees like bad knitters?
They both drop their needles.

Why is Christmas just like a day at the office?
You do all the work and the fat guy with the suit gets all the credit.

When does Christmas come before Thanksgiving?
In the dictionary.

When Santa Claus sets off from the North Pole on Christmas Eve, in which direction does he travel?
South. Everywhere is south from the North Pole.

What did Mrs. Claus say to Santa when she looked up in the sky?
Looks like rain dear.

Why is Santa so good at Karate?
Because he has a black belt.

What is the best present you can receive for Christmas?
A broken drum. You just can't beat it!


Antiques and Bath & Body from Shop Typepad

Antiques and Bath & Body

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!

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Handcrafts and Kids Toys from Shop Typepad

Handcrafts and Kids Toys

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enJOY it: Blog | Shop

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#GivingTuesday, Give The Gift That Keeps On Giving

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Daily Dose of Dogs (AKA Cats with your coffee)

This blog is about dogs and cats. It is also the home of Winnie’s Wish Cat Rescue & Shelter. Discover the pictures of the Winnie’s Wish cats and kittens available for adoption. If you cannot adopt a pet, they have an Amazon Holiday Wish List to help you donate today!

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Moms Against Hunger

Moms Against Hunger provides food for children, as well as care for families who are in poverty around the world. Over 65 million meals have been shipped through the years through Moms Against Hunger to many different countries. They focus on inspiring mothers to become involved in feeding the children and needy within their own countries.

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A Future And A Hop

Johnny Brooks and his wife, Kate, live in Kasambara, Kenya. They are working towards providing hopeful futures to orphaned and/or abandoned children. Helping those they could, they let 9 girls move in with their family. School is not free and they do what they can to keep everyone in school. Your support can help them give children in Kenya an education.

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There is no such thing as Writer’s Block

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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. 

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