Featured Blog: Feast of Music

Feast of Music

Feast of Music covers live music in NYC, and occasionally other places. Launched in 2007, it aspires to give equal voice to all kinds of music: everything from an indie show in a Williamsburg dive, to an orchestra concert in Carnegie Hall. As Duke Ellington once said: "There are only two kinds of music: good music...and the other kind."

Blogger Pete Matthews lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn. As an undergrad, he was Program Director for his college radio station, which played everything from Mahler to Miles Davis. Entering the real world, Pete briefly did PR for opera singers before coming to his senses and switching careers to digital marketing and media, developing communications strategies for some of the world's largest companies. At night and on the weekends, he goes to shows.

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Typepad on Pinterest: Imagine Childhood

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, imagine Childhood.

Imagine Childhood is your source for earth-friendly goods, craft & activity tutorials, and educational supplies to keep your children busy and learning!

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Want to promote your Pinterest account on your Typepad blog? Just go to Blogs > Content and add the Pinterest Widget to your Sidebar via the center menu. While you're there, make your blog posts "pinable" by adding the Pin It button to your post footers.

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Featured Blog: Mezzo with Character

NAME: Cindy Sadler
BLOG: Mezzo with Character
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WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT: Heralded for her rich, satiny voice as much as her impeccable characterizations, mezzo-soprano Cindy Sadler is a force to be reckoned with on the operatic stage, with performances including Quickly in Falstaff with Opera Idaho, Martha in Faust with Austin Lyric Opera, and the mezzo soloist in Handel's Messiah with the San Antonio Symphony. Cindy's blog is a delightful mix of stage experiences, life anecdotes, and musing on a variety of topics.

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Typepad On Pinterest: NANA Company

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, nana Company.

Amy has been drawing and writing since she was little and was always a "see it, do it" type of person, always trying new crafts.  She began sewing as an adult and started her shop, nanaCompany on Etsy in 2007 where she sells embroidery patterns and has been featured in many craft publications. Check out her Pinterest for some handmade inspiration.

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Want to promote your pinterest account on your Typepad blog? Just go to Blogs > Content and add the Pinterest Widget to your Sidebar via the center menu. While you're there, make your blog posts "pinable" by adding the Pin It button to your post footers.

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Featured Blog: A Swoop And A Dart

NAME: Elizabeth Dillow
BLOG: a swoop and a dart
TYPEPAD MEMBER SINCE: 2005
WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT: Photographer, author, and veteran Typepad blogger (10 years!) Elizabeth Dillow writes about her family, books, music, family travel, the things she makes, and a lot of miscellany. Don't miss the fantastic DIY projects she's documented - there are 52! You can find them in Volumes 1, 2, and 3.

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Spotlight: Typepad Featured Shops

This month, we will be featuring shops from the Typepad Gift Shop run by Typepad bloggers. These shops are a great way to check items off of your Holiday shopping list while supporting small businesses and your fellow Typepad bloggers.

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At Imagine Childhood's curated shop, you will find a collection of products that inspire children to create, imagine, and explore. With an emphasis on quality materials, our toys and tools are made for real kids and real adventures.

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For the Knitters on your list, check out Swoonish for a nice collection of hand-dyed yarn and fiber. The mix of colors, patterns, and gift ideas will make you swoon

Vol25You can never go wrong with Home Decor. Find some original art prints inspired by nature and life in the Northwest from Volume 25.  Follow them on their art journey through their blog by the same name.

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Get your 2016 Planner together with some fun inserts you can get from Christy Tomlinson Designs.  You can find more of her art, upcoming workshops and more on their blog.

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Rebecca Danger is the author of "The Big Book Of Knitted Monters."  You can purchase a copy of this book in her Etsy shop as well as download a bunch of fun patterns and make your own monsters.

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Third Party Services: the Wrap Up

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We have recently covered several third party services that you can use with your Typepad blog, improving both engagement and content. There are a vast amount to choose from, but here we share a launching pad of services to help boost your blog.

SurveyMonkey is a great tool for encouraging and guiding feedback that you'd like to receive from your readers. We have all you need to know to get started in our post on polling your readers.

If This, Then That is one of our favorite services to share with users. It allows for so much that it's difficult to focus on only one aspect. To get you started, we discuss connecting your blog to IFTTT and setting up some basic recipes to lighten the social media load.

Instansive is a service we recommend to users who are big on sharing visuals. It has multiple options for sharing Instagram photos in blog sidebars, and is responsive. A perfect fit to go with your responsive Nimble Design Lab blog.

MailChimp is a well-known service to those who use newsletters, and it works great with Typepad feeds as a source. Expand your reach and engage your readers by offering them emailed updates of your content.

These are just some of the services available that we can't get enough of, and may be of interest to you. If you have favorites of your own, please share in the comments!


Rolling Out of Beta: A New Compose Experience and Upgrading Authors

We're so excited today and not just because of the new Star Wars! We've now rolled the new Compose experience and upgraded authors out to 100% of our subscribers, so now everyone should see these features!

The new Compose gives you an updated version of the editor that you're already familiar with, but with improved features like a better restore content feature and the ability to easily add tables to your posts.  These new changes should make creating posts on Typepad easier and more enjoyable.

As always, our Knowledge Base has more information on this particular topic.

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Finally, the upgraded authors feature is also available for everyone to use.  This gives you the abilities to create Author Archives (which are also added to your sitemap) and change the authors on posts.  It's easy to enable the Author Archives at Settings > Feeds.  You can see the option to change the authors either on the Compose Page itself or on the Posts tab.  We have more information on this in the Knowledge Base here and here.

Author_archivesThe year may be coming to a close, but we're still hard at work at Typepad creating new features and improving old ones to make your experience with us the best one possible.  Is there something you'd like to see in 2016?  Feel free to leave a comment here or open a new ticket and we'll see what we can do to make that happen!


Typepad On Pinterest: Boughs of Holly

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, Boughs of Holly.

Boughs of Holly is home to "Hollyhill Quilt Shoppe & Mercantile" store opened by Jan Hill and her son Brian. They were previously noted by Better Homes & Gardens as a "Quilt Sampler Top 10 Shop" with over 200 finished quilted samples to browse through. Their jolly blog will definitely get you in the holiday mood!

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Want to promote your Pinterest account on your Typepad blog? Just go to Blogs > Content and add the Pinterest Widget to your Sidebar via the center menu. While you're there, make your blog posts "pinable" by adding the Pin It button to your post footers.

Want even more? Learn how to promote your blog on Pinterest and follow Typepad at www.pinterest.com/typepad.


New to Beta: Image Editor Upgrades Plus a New WordPress Import for Everyone

The new year is almost here, and while that means enjoying a little down time for some folks, we're still hard at work here at Typepad! Today we've got two new features to announce, one for our Beta Team members and one for all our users!

First of all, for our Beta Team, we've updated the image editor.  It now uses a newer version of the same program that you know and love, so you won't see many new changes, though there's now an option to add an overlay or even make a meme of your photo!  You will see better performance in general which is just another one of our updates to improve the Compose experience.

 

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Finally, for our new subscribers coming in from WordPress, you can now import multiple authors in with your import.  Each author will have a guest account created for them and their posts will be assigned to that account.  This should make it easier for people with multiple authors to continue their blog in their new home with minimal fuss. You can learn more in our Knowledge Base.

We're working on even more exciting features to round out this year and to take us into the next one! (Hint: Ever wanted to have more password options on your blog?)  Feel free to leave a comment and let us know what you'd like to see Santa leave you under the Typepad tree!