5 Things To Do For Your Blog in 2018

5 Things To Do For Your Blog in 2018

It is a new year and everyone is thinking about what to improve. You can improve many things, but we recommend you focus on your blog. We complied a list of five things you can do to take your blogging to the next level!

Go Mobile

In 2018 more and more people will be on their phones (they are pretty amazing after all). You want to make sure your blog is easy to read on a mobile device. Typepad is here to make it easy to switch over to a mobile theme. You can use our new Design Lab to customize one of our mobile templates. We recommend you create a test blog and design a new mobile theme. Once your design is complete, you can apply it to your main blog.

Custom Domain

A domain should be simple and easy for your readers to remember. You want a domain that tells your reader exactly what your blog is about. Typepad lets you purchase a unique domain and map it to your blog. To purchase a domain, click on the Accounts tab, then Domain Mapping. Under Domain Mapping, type in your domain and click on Check Availability. If your domain is available you can purchase it and apply it to your blog.

Blog Goals

Goals can  give you focus for the year. Create three goals for your blog; one short term goal, one intermediate goal, and one long term goal. Creating the goals may be the easy part. The next, and maybe the hardest part, is breaking the goal down into steps that you can keep track of. The steps should have measurable results and a time frame. Our best advice for you is to write down your goals and your steps. Use a program like Wunderlist to keep track of your progress.

Learn New Things

When you are comfortable with your blog that is when complacency kicks in. It is important to learn new things to help grow and get out of our comfort zone. Learn something new about your blogging subject or learn something new about blogging (like adding an image gallery to your blog posts or create a YouTube channel and start posting videos through Typepad). Use what you have learned and share it with your readers. Show them you are an expert and they can trust your blog.

Read A Book

“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” -Stephen King

When you read you increase your vocabulary and cognitive skills. Reading books will greatly influence your writing. You can read a book about writing, blogging, or whatever you want. The point is to read. Reading helps you get inspiration for your own writing. After you read something you gain knowledge you can use in your own writing. Two great books that come highly recommend to help with writing are Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott and Everybody Writes by Ann Handley.

What is on your 2018 checklist for your blog? Share in the comments to inspire others! 


Design Lab: Adding A Banner

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We are continuing our series exploring our new Design Lab for our mobile themes. Previously we walked through how to apply fonts to customize your blog. Now, let's focus on the banner for your blog. 

Your blog’s banner is the first thing readers see and a visual representation of your blog. You want a custom banner that clearly shows your blog’s name and logo. When you are using the Design Lab you have two choices. You can use a banner image or a text banner.

Adding An Image Banner

To add the image banner, click on the Blogs tab, then click on Design. Click on the Banner tab on the left. Upload your image. You have two options for the span of the banner:

Span the width of the blog:
Recommended image dimensions
Width: 1140px Height: 250px
Span the width of the browser:
Recommend image dimensions
Width: 1400px Height: 250px

 


Banner options with imageAfter you upload the image and select the span, click on Save Changes.

Next, click on the Style tab, then Banner (on the right under Fonts). When you add your own image you can change the color of the top strip above the navigation bar (if you do not want the Top Strip, change it to be the same color as your background color). You can also decide if you want to show the banner from the blog.

Tip: Don't have a banner image? Read our article about using Canva or Picmonkey. These are great online image editor that help you customize or create the perfect banner for your blog. 

Customizing Your Text Banner


Text BannerIf you do not add an image, your blog banner will be your blog title and the description. From the Style page, click on the Banner tab (on the right, under Fonts). Here you can change the text font/color and change the background color. You can also decide to hide the text and description from the blog.

Tip: You can update the Title and Description of your blog under the Settings tab.

 

 

 

Banners are a great way to show off your creativity and represent what your blog is about. If you have additional questions about our Design Lab please contact our support team. We are always happy to help! 

Make sure to check back with us for more information about our new Design Lab. Stay in contact through our RSS feed or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.

 


10 Cheesy Riddles for Christmas

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Merry Christmas from Typepad

We hope your holiday is filled with friends, family, and fun! To help make everyone smile, here are some Christmas themed riddles. 

Mom, can I have a dog for Christmas?
No, you can have turkey like everyone else.

Who is never hungry at Christmas?
The turkey, he is always stuffed.

What do snowmen eat for breakfast?
Snowflakes.

Why are Christmas trees like bad knitters?
They both drop their needles.

Why is Christmas just like a day at the office?
You do all the work and the fat guy with the suit gets all the credit.

When does Christmas come before Thanksgiving?
In the dictionary.

When Santa Claus sets off from the North Pole on Christmas Eve, in which direction does he travel?
South. Everywhere is south from the North Pole.

What did Mrs. Claus say to Santa when she looked up in the sky?
Looks like rain dear.

Why is Santa so good at Karate?
Because he has a black belt.

What is the best present you can receive for Christmas?
A broken drum. You just can't beat it!


Antiques and Bath & Body from Shop Typepad

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Typepad loves to promote our bloggers! You can help support them too by doing your holiday shopping at Shop Typepad. We know you will find something unique for that special person(s) in your life!

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The T-Cozy: Blog | Shop

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Royal Port Antiques: Blog | Shop

Bath & Body

Angry Chicken: Blog | Shop

Sweetbrier Farms: Blog | Shop

Weighty Business (German): Blog | Shop


Design Lab: Adding Custom Fonts

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Our Design lab is now available to everyone who is using a responsive theme. There are a plethora of options to customize your blog to fit your brand. In the coming weeks we will continue this series to help familiarize our bloggers with all the customization tools our Design Lab offers. Make sure to check back with us through our RSS feed or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.

The font you pick is very important. Fonts affect the readability and the perceived level of professionalism of your blog. When you are in our Design Lab, you can customize the fonts to fit your branding. Using the preview window you can also see how they look with other font choices. You don’t have to make everything the same font. 

To use the Design Lab you need to have one of our mobile responsive themes. Check out Mobile Themes Rolling Out Of Beta to learn more about switching to our mobile themes! 

Selecting and Applying A Font

Click on the Design tab, then click on Style. On the top right in gray you will see Fonts, click on it to expand your options.

You can choose between many different fonts. We have them organized based on Style.

Handwriting: These fonts are made to look like you wrote them yourself. They have fluid strokes that gives a personal touch. Use this sparingly, as it can be hard to read.  

Display: These are large fonts that are great for headings. They are eccentric and have a variable design to help the text stand out.

Serif: These fonts have a line at the end of every stroke. This is great for bulk text that needs to be read clearly. 

San Serif: These fonts do not have a line at the end of every stroke. It is great for bulk text for easy reading. 

You can select any one of these fonts and apply it to your blog. After you have selected the font you want to use you will see it is the Active Font. Select the tab for the area you want to customize. In this case we want to change the Title Text. Click on Banner, then next to Title, click on Apply Font. You will see the font change in the preview window and under Title.

Selecting a Font
Selecting a font.
Applying Fonts
Applying a font

Importing Fonts

Import A FontWe have a wide selection of fonts for you to choose from. If you need more options you can import from Google Fonts. Find the font you want in Google Fonts and then upload into the Design Lab. Then you can apply it to any section.

From the Style page, on the top right in gray you will see Fonts, click on it to expand your options. Click on Import. You will see where you can import fonts. Click on Google Fonts to view the selection in Google Fonts. Here you will have many different fonts to choose from. Once you have found the perfect font (in this case Roboto), you want to highlight the name of the font and copy it. Go back to your Style page and paste in the name of the font (the font name has to match exactly), then click on Import. To make it an active font you need to click on the name of the font. Then you can apply the font where you want.

Fonts are a great way to brand your business. We have made choosing the right font quick and easy. Have fun and see you soon with more about our Design Labs. 


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Typepad loves to promote our bloggers! You can help support them too by doing your holiday shopping at Shop Typepad. We know you will find something unique for that special person(s) in your life! 

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Ask Harriete: Blog | Shop

EAB Designs: Blog | Shop

Elephantine: Blog | Shop

GirlyGeekChic: Blog | Shop

Jona G: Blog | Shop

A Sweet Life Rocks: Blog | Shop

Shabby Cottage Adorned: Blog | Shop

Sweet Sticky Rainbow: Blog | Shop

Home & Hearth

Mignon Kitchen Co.: Blog | Shop

Plant Passion: Blog | Shop

Wood You Like: Blog | Shop

The Mattress Expert: Blog | Shop


Handcrafts and Kids Toys from Shop Typepad

Handcrafts and Kids Toys

Typepad loves to promote our bloggers! You can help support them too by doing your holiday shopping at Shop Typepad. We know you will find something unique for that special person(s) in your life!

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Attic 24: Blog | Shop

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Harding Hill Designs: Blog | Shop

House On Hill Road: Blog | Shop

Turkey Feathers: Blog | Shop

Planet Stencil Library: Blog | Shop

Rosebud's Cottage: Blog | Shop

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Kids

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Happy Chanukah, Celebrate With An Extended 30 Day Free Trial

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Typepad would like to wish all our Jewish bloggers  and anyone else who is celebrating Chanukah this year a 

Happy Chanukah! 

In honor of Chanukah we would like to offer new bloggers an extended 30 day trial! Sign up for our Plus or Unlimited package to start blogging today. After your free trial you will be prompted to add your debit/credit card to the account (you can also pay with PayPal!). The promotion will be valid from Dec 12th to 20th, 2017 and is only available for new Typepad accounts. 

Use promotion code CHANUKAH2017 when you create your new account.

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Share with your followers to spread the love.  

Happy Chanukah! Typepad is extending their free trial for 30 days! Check it out!

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Celebrate Chanukah with Typepad! Use their promo code to get an extended free trial.

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I love Typepad and you will too! Celebrate Chanukah and start a blog with their special promotion.

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Happy Chanukah!


Food, Books and Paper Goods from Shop Typepad

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Typepad loves to promote our bloggers! You can help support them too by doing your holiday shopping at Shop Typepad. We know you will find something unique for that special person(s) in your life!

Food  Books  and Paper GoodsFood

Terra Americana: Blog | Shop

Tea Lover's Archives: Blog | Shop

Books

Nana Company: Blog | Book

The Wednesday Chef: Blog | Book

Social Embers: Blog | Book

Found By Bike: Blog | Book

Peregrine Publishing: Blog | Book

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Paper Goods

Botanical Paperworks: Blog | Shop

Grasshopper Lane Designs: Blog | Shop

Purple Onion Designs: Blog | Shop

Visions & Verses: Blog | Shop

Songs Of My Heart: Blog | Shop

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