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Interview with Joe from the bookofjoe blog

Interview with book of joe

Bookofjoe is the musings of Joe Stirt. He uses his blog to post something that will interest, amuse or inform anyone who happens to visit. He has many interests and his blog explores all of them. In one post he will show you the Big Mac index and in another he explores the evolution of the Lego logo. Thankfully, he took the time to answer some of our questions so we can learn more about him and his blog.

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

I’m an anesthesiologist by profession and a writer by passion. I started bookofjoe in August of 2004 when blogging was THE thing and I’ve never stopped, even as blogging has lost its “flavor of the month” quality. No matter; it’s become part of who I am and what I do.

When I began, I posted daily, ramping up quickly to 8 posts/day, appearing hourly 7 days/week 365 days/year.

I kept up that pace until a couple years ago, when a major depressive episode (my fourth) leveled me and it was all I could do to put up a post every week or so. I recovered after 21 months of being pretty much inoperative, and resumed posting, twice/day.

I’m apt to post on ANYTHING: major topics include fashion, medicine, art, history, design, poetry, books, movies, sports, inventions (my own and those of others), writing, science, food, technology, cars, current events… you name it.

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

I find something interesting and write about it, whether it be a picture, news item, idle thought, what have you.

3) What is the funniest thing that has happened to your blog?

Soon after I began bookofjoe, I posted about Steve Wozniak, remarking on his lack of athletic prowess. Somehow he happened on my post, and posted a comment that, on the contrary, he had been a varsity pole vaulter on the Homestead High School Track and Field Team. That taught me not to EVER assume anything but rather to source everything that appears on my blog. Excellent lesson.

4) What is your favorite feature in Typepad?

a. The fact that I — a certified card-carrying TechnoDolt©® (my neologism) have been able to use it from the get-go, which for me was in 2004.

b. Also, it’s rarely down in recent years, unlike earlier outages which, let’s be honest, happened far too often.

c. I like the format and the way it looks on my computer screen; I am very pleased at how good it looks on my iPhone — and how all functionality for my readers has carried over intact regardless of device.

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

That readers like it A LOT when they can count on your posts appearing on a schedule.

6) You have a few minutes, what is your go to tip about blogging?

Use correct spelling and grammar. Readers unconsciously devalue material that fails to meet that standard, thinking if you aren’t accurate about stuff they know, it’s likely your content falls short as well.

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

Just keep on keeping on the way I have been for 13+ years.

About Joe

Bookofjoe imageJoe was born in Milwaukee, left for sunnier skies (U.C.L.A.) at age 18, stayed there till he was 35, then got tired of LA and retreated to Charlottesville aka Podunkville, Virginia, where he remained. He wanted to be a major league ballplayer until he was 15 and realized it wasn’t gonna happen. He had no idea what he would do next, until Viet Nam became a real war and medicine & the draft exemption that accompanied med school attendance beckoned. Life takes you places you never thought you’d go. 

Recent Blog Post

Hello Kitty Earthquake Hood — Bousai Zukin Disaster Protection for Kids

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The bookofjoe is on Twitter, YouTube, Amazon, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Google Scholar.

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Featured Blog: A Blog Called Wanda

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A Blog Called Wanda is about paper crafting, card making, art, and photography. Wanda started blogging on Typepad in 2009! It has been a fun journey for her. She posts 2-3 times a week with tutorials on how to make handmade cards. Wanda shares her insights on color theory, photo tips, coloring with different mediums, and photos from her travels.. Her blog just passed one million lifetime hits (Congrats!) and she has developed such a fun community through blogging.

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Featured Blog: AirlinerPulse

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AirlinerPulse is keeping the pulse of the global Airline Industry. Covering news, analysis, technological innovations and interviews with industry professionals across the aviation and aerospace sectors, AirlinerPulse helps you discover everything you need to know about the global fleet of aircraft and world schedules, as well as insight on current and future market dynamics and drivers with the complete view of the aviation industry.

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4 Ways Typepad Can Help Promote Your Blog

Typepad can help promote your blog

Promoting your blog can seem like a full time job. Posting to social media is fun, but Typepad can help introduce your blog to a new set of readers! Here are a few different ways Typepad can help you promote your blog.

Become a Guest Blogger

We like to spread our knowledge about Typepad, but we love it when our bloggers share their knowledge as well. Being a guest blogger is a great way to promote your blog and establish credibility as a professional blogger. We like to know what programs help you blog, any tips or tricks you like using in Typepad, and your experience blogging.

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Shop Typepad

Does your blog help your business? Shop Typepad is our storefront that showcases our bloggers and their shops. This is a great place to support your fellow bloggers and purchase unique gifts for those you love. We love to support our charities, small businesses and indie retailers.

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Be interviewed by Typepad

Let us interview you about your experience blogging. Answer a few questions and we will share your interview on Everything Typepad. Share your goals for blogging and what makes your blog unique with everyone. We want to share the story of your blog and what is important to you.

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 Be Featured on Everything Typepad

Introduce yourself to other bloggers through Everything Typepad. We will showcase your blog with a great image and a little blurb you write yourself. Tell everyone what makes your blog great and why they should start reading it! We will include links to your blog and social media accounts.

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Four unique ways to promote your blog through Typepad. We love our bloggers and want to help spread the word about your blog. Click a link and get started today.


Interview with Lisa from The Pet Lady Blog

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We recently interviewed the owner of PetBlogLady.com Lisa Taron. We wanted to learn more about her blog and share with our readers what makes her blog unique. The Pet Blog Lady is a great blog celebrating the pets we all love so dear. She has been with Typepad since 2007 and still loves working with Typepad. She enjoys writing about her pets, promoting what she believes in and great giveaways! She has a giveaway running right now to win a Plush Replica of your pet! Read the interview and then enter her great giveaway! 


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

I'm a very happy 50-something gal living in Canada, working my way through life as we know it. (My blog readers and social media followers are mainly from the USA) Every day I live with the full intention of finding joy in this crazy world. I have an obsession with squirrels and sloths and of course pets.

My blog PetBlogLady.com is all about celebrating the love we have for our pets, with interesting articles, product reviews & launches, guest articles and giveaways.

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

I look for topics and items of interest that appeal to me and which I feel other pet lovers would find the same. Just recently I have realized that I need to make it more personal so I’ll be letting my quirkiness come through. The ABOUT ME page kind of gives people an idea of how odd I am. But in a good way. I also welcome Guest Writers, who share their passion for pets like me.

3) What is the funniest thing that has happened to your blog?

A few summers ago (2013) I raised 35 frogs right from the small tadpole stage. To this day, my tadpole raising posts has received the most “hits”, leading me to believe that people out there are interested in doing the same thing. I had so much fun raising my “frog babies”, which were all returned to nature once they were grown.

Check out her adventures raising frogs at BioBubble Giveaway - My Tadpoles Grew Up!

4) What is your favorite feature in Typepad?

Oh my…..there are so many. I’d have to say the ease of adding items in my sidebar is my favorite feature. I think I have been a Typepad user since 2007. 10 years! That’s 70 in dog years!

5) What other programs/software do you use to help with your blog?

I use Picmonkey for photo editing, Buffer to manage my social media posts and GiveawayTools.com for my contests.

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

That I could learn how to do it! The support at Typepad is incredible too, and if I am stuck, they are there to help. They recently created a mobile-friendly site for me, and I’m sure I tested them with my anxiety and whining. It’s my baby! But in the end, I was more than happy with the results. I am certainly a Typepad Lifer.

7) You have a few minutes, what is your go to tip about blogging?

To have fun and be yourself! For those that look to monetize their blog, it’s important to have integrity. It’s easy to “sell out” and take money from companies that you don’t truly believe in. But don’t. Be true to your principles, be firm when working with companies in regards to your rates and again, have fun. Did I mention having fun.

8) What blogs do you follow?

I follow several blogs, but my top three favorites are:
Kols Notes – a DIY Dog Blog
FidoseofReality – A canine health, humor, and wellness resource for dog lovers of the highest order
Go Pet Friendly – A Pet Friendly Travel Blog

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

I have just started offering a newsletter and in six months, I hope to have a good number of subscribers. The newsletter will have exclusive offers, fun DIY projects and giveaways.

I am also looking to start a side blog, all about sloths. It will bring together many resources from the web about these adorable creatures, along with Videos, everything sloth-related as far as gifts and products and my ongoing musing about my Sloth Obsession. You know… the usual. I haven’t come up with a name per use for the blog, but now that I am somewhat savvy at using Typepad, it should be easy to start another one.

About Lisa

The Pet Blog Lady, aka Lisa Taron, lives in Winnipeg, Canada. In her fifties, she has two university degrees, 4 diplomas; has changed career paths as many times as lightbulbs, is obsessed with sloths and squirrels and loves being a pet blogger. She is a kid at heart, with 53 being the new 10. In her spare time she loves illustrating, riding her bike, volunteering and reading non-fiction.

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Win a Plus Replica for YOUR Pet!  Cuddle Clone Giveaway!

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The Pet Blog Lady is on Twitter and Facebook


Help Us Celebrate National Pet Day

PetsHelp us celebrate National Pet Day. All day long we will be posting pictures of our bloggers' pets on social media. We want to flood our social media pages with cute, furry, and unique pet pictures.

We also want to feature all the pet blogs that are hosted on Typepad. Provide your information and you may see your blog highlighted on our social media pages.

As a special thank you, anyone that submits their information will also be added to a drawing to win a free Typepad T-shirt. 

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Virtual Visibility in a Tangled Web

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GVIn starting my blog, ASK Harriete, in 2008 with Typepad, my goal was simple:
to increase outreach and visibility, offering professional advice in support of the arts and crafts community. That was eight years ago, and since then the Internet has evolved immensely. There are many more websites, apps, tweets, and social networks all competing for viewers. With ever more sophisticated marketing, targeted content, slick attractions, entertaining diversions, and a spectrum of distractions appealing to potential viewers, it is getting harder to be heard amid the many alternative threads of an increasingly tangled web.

But how can you find visibility in such a rapidly changing and ever more tangled web? How can potential readers find my blog or yours?

SEO experts profess both obvious and secret tricks. They claim expertise in statistics and analytics, Black Hat to White Hat, and A / B tests. Google pushes for more traffic with numbers to boost your ranking, but the only thing that Google will tell you is that quality content is key while revealing very little about the algorithms that they use to rank your content.

Developing a blog is more like creating art. The parallels of creativity are clear. Like great art, great blogs provide unique perspectives, building upon familiar themes, but with new, original, and enlightening perspectives. Readers seek authenticity that emerges from consistently presenting a voice that resonates with their own experiences.

In a more literal sense, images are crucial to virtual visibility. But like the written content, the images must be your own authentic constructs. Images taken from generic photo sites are just that… generic images sourced from tags and keywords. They are another person’s vision of their reality, not yours. They are not speaking to your own truth. I never use other people’s images (except as a specific reference with attribution, of course). I make all my own images.

More constructively, images borrowed from another site is copyright infringement. “Borrowing” images is theft. In the Internet world, with so much competition for time and space, everything on your blog must reflect authenticity and honesty, truth and trust.

As a quick solution to images, when I want to illustrate some novel aspect of my content, I create an image of words arranged in colorful or striking fonts. I use my words to reinforce either the title or a provocative sentence. This creative approach works at many levels to elevate your content amidst a tangled web of average. Make your own images!

UnnamedOn a very practical level, images are a major vehicle on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram. Images readily push your content into the primary social networks and literally bring visual visibility for your blog, even on the tangled web. But to be more effective in these visual platforms, you must have great images that reflect your signature voice. I still use an ancient version of Photoshop, so it is quite likely that even a basic level of image editing software will work for you.

Text based images can be created from any raw material, ranging from old typewriter keys to Scrabble tiles. Elevate your signature style and use it to create images. Be imaginative and think about how you can create your own unique images in your visual voice.

Linking your blog to Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest is an essential element to maximize your virtual visibility. While a blog offers a platform for posting content and images, I find that posting snippets of my content and images on multiple social platforms generates significant traffic. This leverages the tangled web to your advantage.

Virtical imageCreating images in both vertical and horizontal formats can enhance your reach into different social networking platforms. An extended vertical format works well on Pinterest with a link to my blog. Horizontal images work better for Facebook, where it seems more likely that the conversation and debate picks up steam.

Short excerpts from your blog can connect into social networks. A stand alone blog just doesn’t travel very far on the tangled web. Take a provocative or informative sentence from your blog and share it on your page with an image, title, and link–then your post will travel without you. On Facebook and Pinterest, people will often share your content on their page or Pinterest board. But this is more likely to happen once the content is already posted on a social media platform. Also share posts to other group pages that you know are interested in your content. This has been the most effective way for me to generate visibility for my blog content.

So find your singular voice and type away, finding and revealing your own truth. Create images that support your content, and share in the tangled web. Finding your virtual visibility is a messy process with lots of adventure on the way.

Learn more about Harriete Estel Berman and her blog Ask Harriete by checking out her sites. She creates great blog posts like Search Engines Have No Vision! So Help SEO "SEE" Your Images and Images on your website, Are they lost or found?

 

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Random Acts of Kindness Winners!

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Congratulations to everyone that entered our Random Acts of Kindness drawing through social media and our mailing list. We are ready to announce our winners!

Grand Prize Winner: 1 year free

Hearts EncouragedHearts Encouraged: A Spiritual Wellness Ministry
www.heartsencouraged.com

Two First Place Winners: 6 months off

SocietyWetmore-Hardcrabble Genealogical and Historical Society
www.wetmorehistoricalsociety.com
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Quilts for Orphans
quiltsfororphans.typepad.com

 

 Two Second Place Winners: 3 months off

CTE

Association for Career and Technical Education
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Hope

A Future and a Hope
www.purechristianity.blogs.com

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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

Final Shop Typepad

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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