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Gaining Confidence in Typepad by Trial and Error

Gaining Confidence in Typepad by Trial and Error

Seven years ago, ready to shift from utilizing a free blogging platform to freedom over my design, I realized the blogs, whose interface most closely matched the blog I hoped to build, used Typepad. Once my blog's content transferred, I set the intention not only to redesign my blog, but learn how to do so as independently as possible. I didn't have previous knowledge in web design or a lot of money or time to invest. Thankfully, I quickly realized thanks to Typepad's user-friendly interface and online Knowledge Base, as long as I was willing to experiment and play, I could create the blog I envisioned.

The colors, formatting, the sidebars, and banner of my blog have changed over the years, but what hasn’t is my confidence in being able to easily learn and apply Typepad’s features with little to no challenge. I say this because Typepad is easy to use and I am willing to play. "Play" meaning test out features, search their Knowledge Base, and sometimes hit preview over and over again.

If someone tracked a single change on my blog, they might see a color, font, or a sidebar image change multiple times. I appreciate how easily this happens. I go to Theme Builder, play with size and color. I experiment with how images, links, borders, and columns look. In the Content section, I can seamlessly add a new tab on my navigation bar, quickly move sidebar images, and again, thanks to Typepad's Knowledge Base, create buttons using HTML.

There are many reasons why I enjoy blogging; one, I didn’t expect I'd like utilizing web design. Financially, I need to be able to facilitate all aspects of my blog, and I need reliable help when I know what I want to do but don’t have the expertise to figure it out. Typepad allows me to play and learn, make mistakes, and quickly fix them. I thank Typepad’s thoughtful and user-friendly platform for this. Never once have I made a design decision and worried I couldn’t change it back or would need excessive amounts of time to correct the mistake.

Typepad helps me share my story without the stress of needing prior web design expertise to do so. The skill set I've received developing my blog with Typepad has given me the confidence to format professional ezines, newsletters, and web pages. While I can now navigate other, less user-friendly platforms, my preference remains here, where I know I have the tools to keep building.

Kelly Sage is a certified facilitator with Women Writing for (a) Change and the Young Women Writing for (a) Change Coordinator. She facilitates adult, young women, and homeschool writing circles. In her former life she was a middle and high school English teacher. She writes about homeschooling and living with young children on her blog, www.sagetribe02.com.


More Shops on Typepad to help you find the perfect gift

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Shop Typepad is a great way to support your fellow bloggers! Check out some of them below.

Botanical Paperworks

Plantable paper is a biodegradable eco-paper that is made with post-consumer materials (no trees harmed for this paper!) and embedded with seeds. When the paper is planted in a pot of soil, the seeds grow and the paper composts away. All that is left behind is flowers, herbs or vegetables and no waste. It's easy to plant and grow.

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A Fanciful Twist

Whimsical art from Vanessa Valencia. You can get prints, journals, cosmetic bags and much more. Each one beautifully made. Handmade items that make a great gift for friends and family. 

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A Daily Monster

Unique monsters from the head of Stefan G. Bucher.  Great gifts for the little monster or monster lover in your life.  These monsters have invaded computer screens all over the world! Bring one home today!

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Don’t know what to get someone… Donate in their name!

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For those that are hard to shop for, donating in their name is a great gift! Find a charity they believe in and support. Donate the money you would have spent on a present to the organization. Shop Typepad has a few non-profits for you to consider!

 

Chesapeake Bay Foundation

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is a non-profit organization devoted to the restoration and protection of the Chesapeake Bay. Learn more about their efforts to save the bay through education, advocacy, litigation, and restoration.

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Daily Dose of Dogs

Donate to Winnie’s Wish Cat Rescue & Shelter for the animal lover in your life. They provide care for homeless dogs and cats until a loving home is available. This shelter provides needed medical care, socialization,  and a place to be before they can be adopted out to their forever home.
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Humane Society of the US

Your monthly support will help their campaigns to shut down puppy mills, end dog fighting, stop the Canadian seal hunt, reduce the suffering of animals on factory farms, and so much more.

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Moms Against Hunger

Help thousands of families around the world that are hungry. Help Moms Against Hunger provide food for those in need in so many nations.

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A Future and a Hope

A Future and a Hope is all about bringing futures to those without any. They  do this by caring for children directly, paying school fees, paying for health care, buying relief food, and now building a farm. Your donation goes to help these children in Kenya.

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Let Shop Typepad Help You Find The Perfect Gift

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Shop Typepad is a great way to support your fellow bloggers! Check out some of them below. 

Shabby Cottage Adorned is a handcrafted jewelry and hair ornaments store. Romantic and vintage inspired artisan jewelry with modern styling. Give the gift of handmade to your loved one or wear it with pride. Designed and created with love by artist Gail Schmidt, one at a time at her home studio in Tennessee.

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The Tea Lover's Archives have amazing teas and tea related gifts for the tea lover in your life. The great selection of teas includes many different White Teas, Green Teas, Oolong Teas, Black Teas, Puerh Teas and Tisanes. Get your hot water ready and order today! 

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Welcome to A Beautiful Mess! Run by sisters Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman.  Together they own A Beautiful Mess, a women's lifestyle company focused on creating happiness every day through a homemade lifestyle. Here you can find all your scrap-booking needs and other fun accessories. 

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Featured Blog: Smile And Wave

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Smile and Wave is a lifestyle blog by author Rachel Denbow, dedicated to sharing her love of design, DIY, and family moments. Rachel has been blogging since April 2007, as a means to connect with like-minded, creative, inspiring women. She has been a student, a waitress, a nanny, an ESL teacher, blogger, e-course writer, workshop teacher, and is now published author! Be sure to check out her e-courses for even more inspiration!


Featured Blog: Kids and Eggs

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Meet Megan, mother of four, kindergarten teacher, writer, beekeeper, soap-maker, and chicken-tender living in the Northwoods of Minnesota. Fueled by strong cups of coffee and the passion and desire to teach and learn, her hope is that her readers will find some inspiration from her experiences, and from what she shares to enrich their - and their family's - lives.

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Featured Blog: Clean

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Blogger Rachel Wolf is a homeschooling mother of two, owner of LuSa Organics (an all natural, handmade baby and body care business), writer and crafter. Her blog, Clean, offers glimpses of family life, lived with the belief that "each person is walking their own perfect path". What she shares with her readers is simply her family's way of living, peaceful parenting, simplicity, homeschooling, food preservation, and crafting of all sorts.

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Featured Blog: The Poached Egg

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The Poached Egg Christian Worldview and Apologetics Journal is a website founded and edited by Greg West. A large and continually expanding virtual library of articles and essays compiled from all over the Internet, The Poached Egg features content from noted apologists, biblical scholars, philosophers, scientists, and historians. With so many resources and so much content, apologetics enthusiasts will find something new each time they they visit. Whether you are new to apologetics, or a veteran apologist, The Poached Egg is a one-stop shop for discovering vital resources that you may not even knew existed.

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Featured Blog: Re:Focus

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Re:Focus blogger Simon Sinek is an unshakable optimist. He believes in a bright future and our ability to build it together. Imagine a world where people wake up every day inspired to go to work, feel safe while they are there, and return home at the end of the day feeling fulfilled by the work they do, feeling that they have contributed to something greater than themselves.

Described as “a visionary thinker with a rare intellect,” Sinek teaches leaders and organizations how to inspire people. With a bold goal to help build a world in which the vast majority of people go home everyday feeling fulfilled by their work, Sinek is leading a movement to inspire people to do the things that inspire them.

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Featured Blog: Oh Joy!

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Launched in 2005 as a graphic design studio, the Oh Joy brand now includes various licensed product lines, how-to lifestyle videos, and a daily blog with a focus on design, fashion, food, and joyful moments from everyday life. Founder Joy Cho has also authored three books and consulted for hundreds of creative businesses around the world.

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