Featured Blog:The Bitten Word

NAME: Zach and Clay
BLOG: The Bitten Word
TYPEPAD MEMBER SINCE: 2008
WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT: Zach and Clay live (and eat) in Washington, D.C. Their award-winning blog features recipes from their extensive collection of food magazines, anecdotes recounting their adventures (both successful and not so successful) in the kitchen, and artful photography that brings their culinary genius to life. Looking for holiday recipe inspiration? Don't miss their their 2015 Thanksgiving Dinner posts!

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Poll Your Readers with SurveyMonkey

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As a Typepad blogger, you have access to an ever-growing catalog of built-in features that make blogging with us easy and effective. But that's not all! Typepad also plays well with other services, allowing you to add some nifty bells and whistles to your blog. Over the next six weeks, we'll introduce you to some of our favorite third-party services, making it even easier for you to grow a loyal, engaged audience. Let's get started!

One of the best things about blogging is that it offers you a chance to communicate with people that you may never reach otherwise. There are a ton of ways you can interact with your readers - comments on your blog, Facebook messages, Twitter exchanges. But if you just want some quick feedback about your blog, your business, or a new project, you may not want to sift through emails and comments to get to the good stuff. This is where a third party survey service like SurveyMonkey can be very handy.

To get started, visit the SurveyMonkey site and click the sign up link from the main page. There are free and paid options. The free option offers a lot of features and is a good option if you just want to check things out and create simple surveys for your blog. Once you're registered, click on the Create Survey button at the top of your home page. There are a lot of options for creating a survey. You can create your own from scratch or use their templates. The interface is straight forward and they offer lots of documentation to guide you along the way.

Once you have your survey set up, click Collect Responses and choose Website Collector. This will allow you to embed the survey directly on your blog.

On the next page, choose Embedded Survey and this will take you to a page where you can set the size for your survey widget. If you'd like to embed the survey in your blog's sidebar, we suggest making the widget the smallest width. If you'd like to show the survey on a blog post or Page, the best size will depend on the width that's set for the main content column for your blog. In most cases, 500-600 pixels should do the trick.

Set the size of your widget using the sliders
Set the size of your widget using the sliders

After saving your settings, click on Install to access the code for your survey widget. You don't need to do anything to the code itself, just copy it for the next step.

If you're adding the survey to your blog's sidebar, just go to Blogs > Design > Content and use the Embed your own HTML module. You'll simply paste the code into the module, save, and drag the module where you'd like it to show in the sidebar. We have a full overview of adding code this way in our Knowledge Base.

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SurveyMonkey code in Embed your own HTML module

The survey widget will look like this once it's embedded in the sidebar:

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If you'd like to include the survey widget in a post or Page, simply click on the HTML tab in Compose and then choose Convert Line Breaks. Paste your code into the post body, include any other content you want to go along with the widget and then Publish without clicking back to the Rich Text editor. This will prevent any issues with the survey code interacting with the rich text functions. We've included a short survey that you can fill out at the end of this post so you can see how it works.

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Rolling Out of Beta: A New Compose Experience

A few weeks ago, we announced a new feature for our Beta Team to try out that significantly improved the Compose experience for them.

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We're pleased to announce that testing has gone well for this feature and we've started rolling it out to all of our bloggers. Expect to see this new, exciting option in your own Typepad account soon (if you don't already have it)!  You can also check out our Knowledge Base article on the new experience so that you're ready when we roll it out to you!

If you'd like to get first crack at features like this in the future, simply go to the Account tab and sign up for the Beta team!


Typepad On Pinterest: From Zombos' Closet

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, From Zombos Closet

With Halloween tomorrow, today's pinner is John Cozzoli aka "Zombos", a fan of horror and things that go bump in the night.  He covers the spectrum from old nostalgia horror to current movies and books.  Pay him a visit if you dare!

Zombos Closet on Pinterest

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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.


Out to Beta: A New Compose Experience

The most important thing that your blog does is create content through posts and Pages for you to share with your readers.  Without content, there's not much need for a blog, after all!

With that in mind, we're excited to announce that we've upgraded the Compose experience significantly and have just rolled it out to our Beta Team members.  The Compose editor has been updated and now sports this sleek new look:

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While it's a little different, all of the functions that you used previously are still there, but we've added some new features.

What's new

Let's take a look at some of the new features in the Compose section.

First, you now have the option to add tables to your posts easily.  You no longer have to use a third-party editor or compose your own HTML to do so.  With just the a click of your mouse, you can set how many rows and columns your table has, different colors for rows or columns, add borders, and more.  Check out the Table menu option to add one to your own posts.

You also can now click the Source Code option (the <> button) to add HTML to your posts without switching tabs, making it a little faster to work on your posts.  We've also added a new option to put special characters into your post without the need to find the proper HTML code to do so.  Click the Ω button (See how easy it was to add the omega symbol?) to give it a try.

The Restore Content option has also been upgraded and now saves various versions of your post.  This should help you recover your post in the event that you have a computer crash or lose connectivity and are unable to post.

The Compose page itself has also been made responsive so that it will scale and fit your browser better.  This should make it easier for you to create your posts on any size browser.  We've also widened the Compose editor so that you have more room to type and it's easier to see more of your post as you create it.

Beta Only... For Now

The new Compose experience is currently out in Beta, so only members of the Beta Team will see it today.  Once we get their feedback on improvements or anything that might need tweaking, we'll start pushing it out to the rest of Typepad in a staggered rollout.  If you want to try it out now, you can join the Beta Team by going to the Account tab and checking the box.

We think you'll like this newer editor and we can't wait to hear what you think about it!


Featured Blog: Velvet & Linen

NAME: Brooke Giannetti
BLOG: Velvet & Linen
TYPEPAD MEMBER SINCE: 2008
WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT: Brooke Giannetti is a Calfornia-based interior decorator, shop owner, and blogger, who started blogging in 2009 in order to share her inspirations, and the projects she and her husband Steve are working on. Velvet & Linen now reaches over 150,000 readers every month and was named by the Washington Post as one of the Top 10 Design Blogs. Brooke and Steve live in Ojai with their children, 3 dogs, 3 mini goats, 2 mini donkeys, 12 chickens, and a house bunny.

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Typepad on Pinterest: EAB Designs

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, EAB Designs.

Julie is the maker behind EAB Designs blog. She has a French Inspired Home Decor Etsy shop by the same name and a second shop selling her jewelry, Pemberley Collection. Her blog is where she shares her beautiful inspirations and talk about things that bring her joy.

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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.


Blogging Best Practices: Make It Easy To Subscribe To Your Blog

Welcome to our series of posts on Blogging Best Practices! Each Thursday for 10 weeks, we'll debut a new post designed to help you create great content, share it with the world, and become a better blogger. Check out other posts in the series here!

Visitors to your site need an easy way to be notified when you publish new posts to your blog. You should let your audience choose how they prefer to be notified of updates, and it is a good idea to offer a variety of options for subscribing.

  • Enable Post Feeds: By enabling the Post Feed at Settings > Feeds, readers of your site can subscribe to your feed in their preferred feed reader.

 

  • Add The Subscribe Link: At Design > Content, add the Post Feed module to place the Subscribe link and RSS chicklet in your blog's sidebar.

 

  • Add Facebook Like Button: At Settings > Sharing, click to connect to Facebook to add the Like button. Anyone who clicks the Facebook Like button added to your blog will see any updates to your blog directly in their Facebook newsfeed. Click here to get started! (Facebook also has other Like button options if you would prefer a Like Box or a Badge.)

 

  • Add Follow Me Module: At Design > Content, add the Follow Me Module to your blog's sidebar to give others in the Typepad community the option to follow your Typepad activity directly from their Typepad Dashboard. (more info)

By offering options to subscribe in a feed reader, sign up for email notifications, track updates in their Facebook newsfeed, and follow with Typepad, you are making sure no one misses the great content you publish to your blog!


FAQ: All About Domain Mapping

You have questions? We have answers!
As a Typepad subscriber, if you've ever had a question about blogging, chances are you've either perused our handy Knowledge Base, browsed the archives here at Everything Typepad, or opened a Help Ticket in your Dashboard. Our Community and Support team receives many of these every day, and in this special series, we'll be answering some of our best, most Frequently Asked Questions.

What is domain mapping?

By default, your blog will use the Typepad URL you selected during registration. It's in the form example.typepad.com. Domain mapping involves purchasing a custom domain, like www.myawesomeblog.com, from a registrar and then setting that domain as the URL for your blog.

Why should I use domain mapping?

Simply put, domain mapping allows you to own the address for your blog. Visitors won't see the typepad.com URL, they'll see the custom domain that you've selected. The URL will also generally be shorter and easier to remember. If you ever decide to move your site to another platform, you'll be able to use that domain on your new site, preventing the loss of readers.

Continue reading "FAQ: All About Domain Mapping" »


Typepad On Pinterest: Sunshine and Mint

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, Sunshine and Mint.
Sarah is a Lifestyle blogger who survived graduate school fueled by coffee. A self-proclaimed "Design Nerd", her blog is a creative outlet writing about small business, good food, crafts, and more.

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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.