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Featured Blog: Sparkle Tart

Sparkle Tart

If you are interested in sparkly products and projects, water coloring, art journals, doodling, making cards, and much more check out Sparkle Tart. From Australia, Kate loves art and showcasing her creative side for all to see and be inspired. Art should be fun and her blog provides excellent tutorials to help you get started. Explore her blog today and learn how she got the name Sparkle Tart.

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Featured Blog: Attic 24

Attic24

Lucy is the creative brains behind the blog Attic 24, showcasing her passion for crocheting  and color. Attic 24 has amazing tutorials to help you create unique crochet and cross stitching projects (a new passion). You can also read about her family's adventures in Yorkshire Dales, England. Her latest blog post, Making the Seasons :: March, is a great mix between DIY and crocheting to create a beautiful spring center piece. 

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Featured Blog: EAB Designs

EAB Designs

EAB Designs has been with Typepad since 2009! Julie is a designer, and her blog enables her to share aspects of her business and product, as well as lifestyle and tutorial posts. As an avid baker, entertainer, and crafter, most posts are centered around what she is currently working on, welcoming the reader in with inviting photography. As a result of her blog, she has been featured in numerous national magazine publications, including Artful Blogging. She is proud to still maintain a sponsor and ad free blog, which is becoming quite rare in today's blogging world!

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Be seen by the Typepad Community

Typepad Community

Typepad is a community of bloggers and we love to use Everything Typepad to spotlight our members. We will feature your blog with your logo, links to your social media accounts, and a blurb about you and your blog. Tell everyone what makes your blog great, and why they should start reading it!

Recent Featured Blogs include:

The Daily Galaxy

Thoughts and Words

Blue Scallop Creations

And many more!

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Featured Blog: The Daily Galaxy

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The Daily Galaxy was founded in 2007 by Val Landi. He built his blog on the vision that science and space exploration would dominate popular culture in the 21st century. The Daily Galaxy presents news and insight about current discoveries, people and events changing the knowledge of our planet and the universe. Learn something new every day with their amazing images, video and easy to understand stories.

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Celebrate Puppy Bloggers!

National Puppy Day

March 23rd, 2018 is National Puppy Day. We would like to spotlight all the great puppies (and dogs, because all dogs are puppies!) who help you blog. During the day we will be spotlighting our puppy bloggers with links to their Typepad blogs on our social media sites. 

Click on the button below to submit your pooch picture and your blog information. See you March 23rd! 

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Random Acts of Kindness Winners

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Thank you to all those that participated in our Random Acts of Kindness Week! Either by sharing our discount code or by entering our drawing for one of five $20 credits. Today we are announcing the winners! 

Drum Roll Please!!!!

And the 5 lucky winners are..... 

Kevin A from Kapgar

Kapgar

Jan E from Wibbo's Words

Wibbos Words

Jerome M from 4216: The First Fifty Years

4216 The First Fifty Years

Paul T from PT at Large

PT at Large

Carol B from Minding Our Elders

Minding Our Elders

Thanks again for all those who participated. Take a moment to read the winning blogs. Be inspired!


Happy Random Acts of Kindness Week

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This week we want to share some kindness to all our new and existing bloggers! 

New Bloggers

To all our new Typepad bloggers we are providing an extended free trial to help you get your blog up and running. Our 14 day free trial will extend to 30 days and you will not have to enter a credit card. Go to our Pricing page to select the package that is best for you. Discount can only be used on Basic, Plus, and Unlimited Packages. After you have selected your package, you will be asked to create your account. In the discount section add RAK2018. The code is valid until Feb 17th, 2018.

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Share with your readers so they can become bloggers!

Be part of the Typepad community and share your voice. Use the discount code when you start your blog between today (2/14/2018) and the discount's end date (2/17/2018) #CaptureKindness #RAKWeek2018 

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We know adding a credit card can be a big commitment. For #RAKWeek we are removing the credit card requirement when you enter our discount code. Start your blog and join the Typepad community. #CaptureKindness #RAKWeek2018 (Link to be added later)

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Existing Bloggers

What a chance to win 1 of 5 $20 credits that will be added to your account? Enter today by filling out our quick survey and provide us with your blog information. This is only for existing bloggers who have an open and active account. All winners will be announced Tuesday Feb 20th, 2018.

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Share this with all your fellow Typepad bloggers!  

Are you a Typepad blogger? Enter to get a $20 credit added to your account. #CaptureKindness #RAKWeek2018 

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Are you felling lucky? We bet you are. Enter to have a $20 credit added to your Typepad account. #CaptureKindness #RAKWeek2018

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Interview with Greg Kieszkowski from Ten Minas

Typepad's Interview with Greg Kieszkowski

You may have seen Greg’s picture here a few times. He has written an amazing piece about the myth of writer's block and his blog was one of our featured blogs. We loved his blog, Ten Minas, and his writing so much we wanted to know more about him and his blog. He was gracious enough to let us interview him so he can share his insight with the rest of the Typepad community.

Ten Minas is part motivation, part reflection, part personal experience. Inspired by Seth Godin’s blog, Greg started his own blog and revived his passion for writing. 

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

My name is Grzegorz Kieszkowski (Greg) and I was born on August 12, 1972, in Bydgoszcz, Poland. I was born at an interesting time in history, and in an interesting place. My father was a political prisoner and a member of the Solidarity movement. His resistance left us no choice but to seek refuge outside of Poland, and so on Janaury 9th, 1985, we were welcomed in Canada, and it is here, in the beautiful little town of Cobourg, Ontario, that I now make my life.

I have always been in love with literature and writing in particular, but instead of doing what I love, I compromised and became a High School English teacher. (Close, but not close enough). It was the safe and prudent thing to do at the time, and I don’t really regret it. Teaching has given me a great life so far, but after eighteen years, I feel restless, and I’m once again, deeply drawn to writing, which is how tenminas.ca was born.

I read Seth Godin’s book The Icarus Deception, in January of 2017. I decided, when I was finished, to test his theory that writers-block is a myth. I now know that it is because I write everyday. No excuses. Without fail. Some days the words fit better, on others, they could use a bit more finesse.

I am very grateful that I can team up with Typepad, as my partner in crime. Pretty much everyone I asked suggested and told me that the world has gathered on Wordpress, but all I know is that the people at Typepad are nothing short of wonderful, and everything works flawlessly. I guess the world is where you want to be.

The title tenminas.ca is a personal reference to the parable of the talents. I don’t want to go into much depth on the significance of the parable, but lets just say, if you know the parable, I am now working all of my ten talents, instead of burying or only working with one.

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

I have made a commitment to write every day and so I do. Monday to Friday I write a full post, aiming for about 500 words. On Saturday and Sunday, I find a meaningful quote, and offer a personal reflection. I write my blog at 5:30 am. I am always unprepared. I never know what I am going to say or what is going to come out, but inevitably a single idea raises her hand, and I puruse that idea for as long as I can.

There is really nothing mystical or magical about the act of writing. It’s just a matter of hard work. You need to make a commitment to dig your ditch; one keystroke at a time. The mystical or magical part, comes after, when you look at what you created, and wonder where it all came from?

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

I guess I’ll need more readers to have funny stories. So far, it has been a pretty lonely experience, but people are beginning to join the journey, one person at a time.

4) What is your favorite feature in Typepad?

I love the simplicity of the layout. The dependability and the simplicity of the templates. I have decided to just stick with something for a while, and let my words speak for themselves. But if I had to pick, I would say the best feature are the people behind the scenes. They are very dependable. They are friendly and have a lot of passion. They have a love for blogging and writing, and want all their bloggers to be successful.

 

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

I have learned that we are our own worst critics. We judge ourselves too harshly and than become numb and shy to share our thoughts with the world. It is a lot easier to be a copy editor than a writer, but it's never going to be as rewarding.

There is no reason to be afraid of anything, especially the critics. But its really important to silence our own critical voices of resistance first, before we get at the critics, outside our mind.

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

Dig your ditch!

It’s a mantra I repeat every day. My tip is simple. Do the work. Dream out loud. Say what you’re going to do. Plan it and then do it. Dig your ditch. No matter if it’s summer or winter. Daytime or nighttime. If you’re sick or you’re well. If you’re happy or sad. Tired or well rested. Don’t worry about the quality. Don’t worry about yesterday or tomorrow. There will be time for that. Worry about your ditch. If you don’t dig it, when it rains, you will be out of luck.

7) What blogs do you follow?

I get inspired by Seth Godin’s blog, which relentlessly uplift my soul, every morning. A close second is the blog run by Tim Ferris.

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

My goal is to grow my readers, because I want to awaken their talents and hear their stories. The world needs more good men and women to connect with each other in a truly meaningful way. We have never lived in such an excting time and so full of possibilities. I need help to grow my readership, because if I cannot do that, I can do very little, talking to myself.

I will be putting together the best 75 blog posts from 2017, and will be releasing them in book by the end of the summer.

Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions! 

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