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Featured Blog: Indrani Perera

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Indrani Perera is full of the adventurous spirit of Australia. With her blog, she shares her explorations with her readers. She's passionate about using natural materials and traditional methods to make the things she needs. From creating pesto, traveling to Adelaide, and making her own toothpaste. She does it all and then shares all she learns with everyone. Join in on the experience by following her blog today! 

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Featured Blog: The Wednesday Chef

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Luisa Weiss is the author of The Wednesday Chef. Don’t read this blog on an empty stomach! The Wednesday Chef is full of amazing recipes and stories about her life. It started with her book, My Berlin Kitchen: A Love Story, about her fighting homesickness with recipes. She is currently working on a German Cookbook.  Get your kitchen ready because you are going to mess it up with these recipes.

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Featured Blog: GirlyGeekChic

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GirlyGeekChic is about bridging the gap between computers and pretty dresses. Written by Trimid dew Lanns, author of Ella Cerulean, her blog chronicles her life’s adventures and joys. One joy is reviewing vegan restaurants around the Minneapolis area with yummy pictures. She also showcases her jewelry collections from her Etsy store and shares the story behind every piece. Explore her journey today!

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Featured Blog: Be Stamping

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Be Stamping is all about paper crafting, stamping, and memory keeping. The blog is created by Brenda, an Independent Demonstrator with Stampin' Up for 5 years. She loves to create and stamp projects using paper, she has been doing it for 25 years! She can show you how to use Stampin' Up! products (inks, cardstock, designer series paper, stamps, dyes) to create your simple, but beautiful cards, home decor projects, gifts and scrapbooks. You can purchase the supplies for her colorful projects at her Stamping Up! store.

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Featured Blog: Tongue In Cheek

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Tongue In Cheek is a collection of stories from the author who is living in France. Sharing her day to day adventure through photos on her blog. She has been sharing everyday since 2005. Her life in France began the day she met a Frenchman dancing in San Francisco. Now married to the same dancing Frenchmen for 30 years, she spends her day finding and selling antiques. She has the “Brocante Bug” and France is the perfect place to get the cure. She showcases her beautiful antiques for you to purchase through her Online Brocante Shop. Check out her blog today and explore France in a new way.

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Featured Blog: Sparkle Tart

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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: EAB Designs

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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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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. 

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Interview with Greg Kieszkowski from Ten Minas

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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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