Spotlight: Six Great Style Blogs You'll Love

April 11, 2014

Once a month, we scout for great blogs in the Typepad Showcase that fit a particular theme and are guaranteed to inspire. This month, we've hand-picked six great fashion and style blogs we think you'll love. Each one is guaranteed to captivate, inspire you, and make you think about your next style move - whether you're a fashionista or not. Click through the photos below to visit each blog, and see why we think they're fantastic.

Ready? Let's go!

Irenebrination: Notes on Architecture, Art, Fashion and Style

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Style Bubble

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Kingdom of Style

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Fashion Copious

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Wolf Whistle

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Suzanne Carillo Style Files

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We hope you enjoyed this month's roundup of fantastic Typepad blogs! Check out more great style blogs right here. We'd love to see your blog in the Typepad Showcase, so go ahead and submit it today - you might just see yourself in the spotlight!

Typepad On Pinterest: Attic24

April 04, 2014

Did you know Typepad is on Pinterest? It's true! We love pinning and repinning great content from Typepad blogs in every genre, and we're always looking for great, inspirational content. Are you on Pinterest? Drop your link in the comments, and don't forget to follow Typepad right here! If you're not on Pinterest yet, check it out - it's a great way to promote your blog and connect with others! 

Want some inspiration? Check out our featured pinner, Attic24!

Last month Attic24 celebrated their six year anniversary on Typepad. A source for the crochet enthusiast filled with colorful pin worthy images.

Attic24

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Join the Typepad Advisory Panel!

March 14, 2014

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Last year, we developed the Typepad Advisory Panel (TAP), a group of Typepad bloggers who helped us to make decisions throughout the year about Typepad's features and future. It was a fantastic team and a big success, and now it's time for an all new Typepad Advisory Panel for 2014. Interested in having your voice heard? Read on:

Is this you?

You have an active Typepad blog where you communicate with your readers on a regular basis. You love blogging on Typepad, but there are one or two things that you feel could be just a little bit better, and you think you might know how to make it happen.

Get on board:

We all know that Typepad is the best blogging service around, and in order for us to develop and grow (and remain the best), we need your help. That's why we're forming a new advisory panel for 2014 made up of Typepad bloggers like you, powered by enthusiasm, dedication, and the zeal to get things done.

So, if you are:

- Enthusiastic about blogging with Typepad
- Full of ideas and the need to share them
- Building a decent following on your blog and Twitter/Facebook Fan Page

Then TAP may be perfect for you. If you don't meet all of the criteria above, don't worry! Enthusiasm, consistent blogging, and a desire to make Typepad the best it can be are the most important factors.

What's in it for you?

As a dedicated Typepad blogger, joining the advisory panel provides you with the opportunity to continue to shape and improve Typepad. Other benefits include a better blogging experience, the opportunity to have your voice heard, and a special place on the Typepad Team. You'll also receive Typepad swag, discounts, and maybe even some free service time on us.

Sounds good, right? If you're interested in joining or just want more information, send an email to [email protected] - making sure to include your blog URL - and let us know! We'd love to have you on board.

Spotlight On: Moms

February 21, 2014

There are so many great blogs on Typepad, covering every subject you can imagine from pets to parfaits, decor to Downton Abbey. 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 veteran mom bloggers, seasoned writers and photographers who know just how to captivate their readers. Click over and visit, stay awhile, and soak up the atmosphere in these great Typepad blogs.

Let's get started!

Megan Teitz - Sorta Crunchy. Sorta Crunchy began in 2006 as a place for Megan to share her enthusiasm for natural family living, but over the years it has evolved into a community space; a coffee klatch of the virtual variety where readers can get together and talk about pop culture and kids and God and marriage and music and life and love.

image from www.sortacrunchy.net

Shannon Brown - Find Joy in The Journey. Beginning on September 1 2005, for Shannon blogging quickly became a creative outlet, a place to share the things that excite & inspire her, to share her family's journey, and to tell stories about the extraordinary and everyday.

image from shannonbrown.typepad.com

Gwen Priestley - Barn Raising. Gwen's days are spent mothering, crafting, walking in the woods or on the seashore, celebrating and dreaming. She shares the captivating stories and photos of this lovely life on her blog.

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Alicia Paulson - Posie Gets Cozy. Alicia Paulson loves to make things. She loves making dresses, garden parties, crocheted dog sweaters, and model horse tack. She loves making twig fences, rock borders, and cozy guest rooms. She loves cooking dinner for friends and making pretty baby presents. She lives with her irrepressible husband, Andy, a sweet Cardigan corgi named Clover Meadow, a crazy calico cat named The Bee, and the most awesome baby girl in the universe, Amelia Jolene Beatrix.

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

From Say Daily: Top Media Moments of 2013 - and How They'll Change 2014

January 03, 2014

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This will always be the year that we started to learn exactly how far the NSA was going to spy on - not just terrorists and spys and /r/conspiracy frequenters on Reddit - but practically everyone on planet Earth.

Before Edward Snowden leaked thousands of classified NSA documents to Guardian journalists, those in the tech world who claimed the NSA was up to no good were brushed aside by “mature” tech CEO’s who saw those outlandish claims as conspiracy theory nonsense that was bad for business.

It turns out that it has been bad for business, but it was no theory. Even as 2013 concludes, we have no idea where this story will end.

So in this context of unraveling government secrecy throughout 2013, what else happened this year that was worth a darn, media-wise? Here’s the remaining top nine:

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Newsweek Is Back

The old-line magazine brand started 2013 by ceasing to exist after its final print issue on Dec 31, 2012 once it had nothing left to give Tina Brown. Everyone acted sad to see it go even though no one had read a print edition of Newsweek in years. But wait! In August, the owners announced that the brand was purchased by IBT Media, publisher of the International Business Times and will return to print in January or February 2014.

Read more at Say Daily.

From Say Daily: Great Digital Content Needs a Conspiracy - and Accomplices

December 06, 2013

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"You’re either in or you’re out."

Danny Ocean, Ocean's 11

Who doesn’t love a good heist movie? The leader with the master plan and cast of characters each with a unique set of skills to drive the plan to action… the greaseman, the decoy, the grifter, the hacker, the munitions expert, and of course the get-away. To pull off a great heist, the conspiracy needs accomplices - to pull off great content, writers need them too.

In many ways this article is a ghost of publishing past; the progeny of a back-and-forth exchange between a writer and an editor with a quick design pass to put finishing touches on the image. Contrast this with the paradigm shift The New York Times has ushered in with interactive stories. The latest, employs programmers, photographers, videographers, heck even amateur cartographers to bring to life the story of the Sierra Madre.

These pieces are harbingers of a much more collaborative content future with accomplices both familiar and foreign. While today, features like this are expensive and sporadically published, technologies and economies of scale are emerging to make robust multi-media storytelling the status quo in the near future.

Here are some other unlikely accomplices that publishers need to succeed:

[Read more at Say Daily]

From Say Daily: Online Loyalty: The Last Stand for Publishers

September 27, 2013

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We're done when I say we're done.

Walter White, Breaking Bad

It’s lunch hour on a Wednesday and you find yourself accelerating downward through a content wormhole. You’ve spent the past 30 minutes dancing on tangents - the Miley Cyrus video that led you to a top ten list of award show fails, a deep dive on Britney Spears, quickly diverging to a ‘where are they now’ journey with the original cast of the Mickey Mouse Club. This goes on for the better part of an hour - Stumbling, Redditing and (Buzz)feeding your way into a content coma, inevitably winding up where all content bingers end their meal: with cats.

No, this is not some aberration fueled by midday boredom and caffeine, this is the status quo of online content consumption ... and it is alarmingly fickle.

We live in a digital world of listicles and memes where content is bite-sized and effectively unattributed. Can you name the author of the last top ten list you read? The publication that first scooped the Epic Twerk Fail? How about the site you just landed on when you clicked my cat link? Probably not, and it presents an incredible challenge for online publications: the challenge of building loyalty.

Read more at Say Daily.

From Say Daily: Mobile Is Killing Media – and Here's What We Need to Do About It

September 20, 2013

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Oh my God! I need it! I need it!

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Digital publishing is headed off a cliff if we don’t get back behind the wheel. There's a five fold gap between mobile revenue and desktop revenue for the same page. In other words, for every page viewed on a mobile device, publishers currently see only 20 percent of the revenue they’d receive from a desktop visit. What makes that gap even starker is how quickly it’s happening. By the second half of next year, we predict that greater than half of all time spent with online content will happen on a mobile device. On the industry’s current course, that’s a recipe for disaster.

This of course assumes that we continue to create similar content experiences and run ads the same way we’ve monetized desktop content. Obviously we need to change for the industry to survive. We’ve made real headway, and as we head into this year’s Advertising Week we wanted to share the progress - but there is still a long way to go.

Read more at Say Daily.

From Say Daily: Beauty Blitz: You're One Click From Gorgeous

September 13, 2013

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The New York Times called us “the beauty insider’s insider,” and that’s what we set out to be for our readers.


Polly Blitzer, Beauty Blitz

Women love their beauty products. Consider the numbers: American women spent $10.2 billion (with a b) dollars on prestige beauty products in 2012 – and that's up 7 percent over 2011. They spend an average of 172 hours per year putting on makeup. And the average woman spends $15,000 on makeup in her lifetime, with $3,770 of that going to mascara alone. Yes, we love our beauty products and now more than ever consumers need someone they can trust with great product recommendations.

Enter Polly Blitzer, founder of Beauty Blitz, a leading beauty industry expert for 15 years, and former editor at InStyle and Marie Claire. Polly launched Beauty Blitz in 2008 after realizing how powerful digital media could be for helping women find and buy great new products.

We're also delighted that Beauty Blitz is also new Say Media content partner - and we used the occasion to catch up with Polly and find out why beauty media is catching fire, what women want, and her 5 must-have beauty products.

Read more at Say Daily.

From Say Daily: Memorable Social Media Brand Nightmares (They're Inevitable, So Let's Learn From Them)

September 06, 2013

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Let’s be honest: one of the reasons brands keep a strong social media presence is for damage control. When something brand-related goes bad and then goes viral - it’s important to have a rapid response team in place. Usually, it’s an unhappy customer that posts a photo exposing the brand in a bad light. But sometimes, the brand is side-swiped by its own employees.

Maybe those employees were just blowing off steam during down time at their minimum-wage jobs, but when those pranks are photographed and posted to social media - that’s a PR nightmare waiting to happen.

Once upon a time, such nightmares were limited entirely to urban legend, and the brand didn’t even have to acknowledge them. These days, when there’s a photo of a Taco Bell employee licking a stack of Doritos Loco taco shells, there’s just no denying that that’s a dude licking a bunch a taco shells, and because of brand synergy, that’s a headache for Taco Bell *and* Doritos.

Read more at Say Daily.

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