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Today is #NationalScavengerHuntDay. We put together a great hunt for you to explore some of the blogs that use Typepad. Take a moment and see if you can find all the answers. If you submit all the correct answers, your name will be entered for a chance to win a prize! Winners will be announced Wed. May 31st. Those that did not get all the answers correct, do not worry! You will be entered to win one of three Typepad T-shirts (probably the best shirt ever!) we are giving away.

Prizes

1st prize: $50 credit to their account
2nd prize: $25 credit to their account
3rd prize: $10 credit to their account.
Honorable mention: 3 Typepad T-shirt

Start the hunt!

  1. We love holding contests! In March, we announced on Everything Typepad the grand prize winner of Typepad's Random Acts of Kindness. What are 3 of the winner's categories?
  2. From our National Pet Day celebration, Smokey helps @KristiEspinasse with her blog... What is the language that Kristi and Smokey help you speak?
  3. Botanical Paper Works has a great renewable idea. We would like to know How It Works. What are the four steps?
  4. On Typepad’s Pinterest page, name one “Words To Live By”.
  5. Who said “I really appreciate the positive, helpful attitude of your staff. Thanks a million!” (Hint: Check Typepad's social media)
  6. The Pet Blog Lady has been with us since 2007, What is the title of her first post?
  7. Newpath Consulting has a great blog post about Typepad. What do they show you how to do?
  8. Laura Smith from GlocMedia recently wrote a great article about the future of SEO. Where is the company located?

Good luck! Submissions are due by Wednesday, May 24th at midnight EST. 

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Interview with Lisa from The Pet Lady Blog

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We recently interviewed the owner of PetBlogLady.com Lisa Taron. We wanted to learn more about her blog and share with our readers what makes her blog unique. The Pet Blog Lady is a great blog celebrating the pets we all love so dear. She has been with Typepad since 2007 and still loves working with Typepad. She enjoys writing about her pets, promoting what she believes in and great giveaways! She has a giveaway running right now to win a Plush Replica of your pet! Read the interview and then enter her great giveaway! 


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

I'm a very happy 50-something gal living in Canada, working my way through life as we know it. (My blog readers and social media followers are mainly from the USA) Every day I live with the full intention of finding joy in this crazy world. I have an obsession with squirrels and sloths and of course pets.

My blog PetBlogLady.com is all about celebrating the love we have for our pets, with interesting articles, product reviews & launches, guest articles and giveaways.

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

I look for topics and items of interest that appeal to me and which I feel other pet lovers would find the same. Just recently I have realized that I need to make it more personal so I’ll be letting my quirkiness come through. The ABOUT ME page kind of gives people an idea of how odd I am. But in a good way. I also welcome Guest Writers, who share their passion for pets like me.

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

A few summers ago (2013) I raised 35 frogs right from the small tadpole stage. To this day, my tadpole raising posts has received the most “hits”, leading me to believe that people out there are interested in doing the same thing. I had so much fun raising my “frog babies”, which were all returned to nature once they were grown.

Check out her adventures raising frogs at BioBubble Giveaway - My Tadpoles Grew Up!

4) What is your favorite feature in Typepad?

Oh my…..there are so many. I’d have to say the ease of adding items in my sidebar is my favorite feature. I think I have been a Typepad user since 2007. 10 years! That’s 70 in dog years!

5) What other programs/software do you use to help with your blog?

I use Picmonkey for photo editing, Buffer to manage my social media posts and GiveawayTools.com for my contests.

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

That I could learn how to do it! The support at Typepad is incredible too, and if I am stuck, they are there to help. They recently created a mobile-friendly site for me, and I’m sure I tested them with my anxiety and whining. It’s my baby! But in the end, I was more than happy with the results. I am certainly a Typepad Lifer.

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

To have fun and be yourself! For those that look to monetize their blog, it’s important to have integrity. It’s easy to “sell out” and take money from companies that you don’t truly believe in. But don’t. Be true to your principles, be firm when working with companies in regards to your rates and again, have fun. Did I mention having fun.

8) What blogs do you follow?

I follow several blogs, but my top three favorites are:
Kols Notes – a DIY Dog Blog
FidoseofReality – A canine health, humor, and wellness resource for dog lovers of the highest order
Go Pet Friendly – A Pet Friendly Travel Blog

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

I have just started offering a newsletter and in six months, I hope to have a good number of subscribers. The newsletter will have exclusive offers, fun DIY projects and giveaways.

I am also looking to start a side blog, all about sloths. It will bring together many resources from the web about these adorable creatures, along with Videos, everything sloth-related as far as gifts and products and my ongoing musing about my Sloth Obsession. You know… the usual. I haven’t come up with a name per use for the blog, but now that I am somewhat savvy at using Typepad, it should be easy to start another one.

About Lisa

The Pet Blog Lady, aka Lisa Taron, lives in Winnipeg, Canada. In her fifties, she has two university degrees, 4 diplomas; has changed career paths as many times as lightbulbs, is obsessed with sloths and squirrels and loves being a pet blogger. She is a kid at heart, with 53 being the new 10. In her spare time she loves illustrating, riding her bike, volunteering and reading non-fiction.

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From SAY Daily: 9 Great Sources of Interior Design Inspiration on Instagram

Do you use Instagram to enhance your blog design or posts? Like many Typepad bloggers, I showcase my Instagram photos right on the sidebar of my blog using the super easy Snapwidget service. My instagram photos also make appearances in my posts, like Traci's from Creativity Unleashed. This great post from the SAY Daily blog introduces some super inspiring Instagramers. Follow along and start snapping photos around your house!

Though many of our favorite interior designers have yet to discover the joy and fun (and marketing-savvy) that is sharing photos on Instagram, we think this mix of design editors and designers are a stylish—and inspiring—bunch to follow. Whether you have modern sensibilities or prefer fun and whimsy, there's something in this group for everyone obsessed with stunning spaces.

image from saymedia.typepad.com

Jonathan Adler @jonathanadler
Jonathan Adler needs no introduction, as this iconic potter and designer has made his way into many homes either via his home store or his appearances on Bravo TV. His Instagram gives a behind-the-scenes look at his busy life, but also has plenty of silly outtakes and modern design inspiration.

Find the rest at SAY Daily!


The Week in Venn: What Makes Mobile Ad Campaigns Work?

image from saymedia.typepad.com

The next three years will see more transformation in marketing than the last 10-15.

- Marc Andreessen, IAB MIXX 2012

We love our mobile devices. Really, really, love them. More than 50 percent of U.S. adults now own a smartphone and nearly 30 percent own tablets. And the connections we’re making with them are intense. Take a recent study that found 53 percent of people check their phones in the morning before showering or even saying "good morning" to their partners. Or the fact that over 26 percent confessed to sleeping with their mobile phones in bed, effectively taking spooning to a whole new level. In another recent study, subjects responded to the sound of their phones as they would the presence of a girlfriend, boyfriend or family member.

Yes, our relationships with our mobile devices are more intimate than ever.

Read more at SAY Daily's Week in Venn.


TypePad for Dummies

In 2008 we were approached by some TypePad bloggers about the possibility of writing a "For Dummies" book for TypePad. Naturally we said - YES! Absolutely. If they were prepared to take on the gargantuan task of capturing all the secrets of this little application onto the printed page then who were we to stop them? We were pleased to offer the technical (and moral) support.

TypePad for dummies 3 To our delight Shannon Lowe and Melanie Nelson announced the arrival of the book on Amazon a few weeks ago. TypePad for Dummies is a comprehensive, up to the minute run through of all the great functionality TypePad offers.

The book also covers some of the practical blogging strategies that have served the authors so well, and some fine examples that will inspire even the most seasoned blogger. I enjoyed reading this book, and I confess to learning a trick or two myself.

So, if...

1) You are thinking about starting a blog

2) You know someone else who is starting a blog who might feel more comfortable with the instruction manual in their hand or

3) You have a nagging feeling your blog is not benefiting from everything TypePad has to offer

...then you can go here to buy this book.

Giveaway Time!

Alternatively, tell us what you would write your own "For Dummies" book about in the comments and we'll send our favorite responses a FREE COPY of TypePad for Dummies in the mail! We have 5 to give away.

Inspiration

Yes - if you spotted this contest on Facebook a few weeks - this is a re-run. It was so fun seeing everyone's ideas we decided to run it on Everything TypePad as well. Here are some of our favorites for inspiration

  • Driving for Dummies from Isabel Ginsberg of xoisabel
  • Cocktail Party Conversation for Dummies and the socially awkward from Karen Richter of the big 3 blog
  • Being a Superstar Mom and Still Looking Hot for Dummies from Keri Ann Berga of OutNumberedmomma
  • Building groovy sandcastles from Angela Walters. 

We'll announce the winners on Friday.


Love is All Around: Valentine's Day Interview with Susie Bright

Susie Bright is an author, editor, blogger, podcaster, performer, and lecturer on all matters of sex, sexuality, and erotica. And she's been an extremely popular TypePad blogger since 2004. Out of personal and professional interest, we asked her a few questions as we scramble get ready for Valentine's Day.

What makes Valentine's Day special?
SB: It's a pre-Christian Holiday with such a dramatic history you can't help but throb and weep!

Here's a glimpse from one of my favorite books, Extraordinary Origins of Everyday Things:

"In Rome in A.D. 270, Valentine had enraged the mad emperor Claudius II, who had issued an edict forbidding marriage. Claudius felt that married men made poor soldiers, because they were loath to leave their families for battle.

Valentine invited young lovers to come to him in secret, where he joined them in the sacrament of matrimony. Claudius learned of this "friend of lovers," and had the bishop brought to the palace.

The emperor attempted to convert him to the Roman gods. Valentine refused to renounce Christianity and imprudently attempted to convert the emperor. On February 24, 270, Valentine was clubbed, stoned, then beheaded.

But while Valentine was in prison awaiting execution, he fell in love with the blind daughter of the jailer. Through his unswerving faith, he miraculously restored her sight. He signed a farewell message to her "From Your Valentine," a phrase that would live long after its author died."

Now is that romantic or what!

How should people keep the sparks of Valentine's all year long?

SB: The traditional gifts of Valentine's tell you everything you need to know. Surprises that smell good, taste good, silky and sensual, declarations of affection, flirtations, and most of all, generosity of spirit.

I also think of Valentines as a family and children's holiday. There is nothing more fun that throwing a Valentine party for a bunch of scissor-and-glue-happy kids. —Of all ages! 


What would you change about Valentine’s Day?
SB:
The "swan/consumer" role model of  romance. It's not a day for bitterness and comparisons. It's a hot pink 24 hours to embrace sensuality, let your freak flag fly, love for love's sake. 

I also miss my mother's valentines, now that she's passed. She was the first one to ever "send" me a Valentine card and her exuberance was contagious...Never missed a year.

What’s your favorite Valentine’s Day story?
SB: Erotic: Well you'll have to visit my blog for some of those stories.

Mommy/Baby: My daughter's mushy valentines to me, every year. She writes a poem, draws a picture of me, and I melt.

Parties: My friend Scottie throws a massive crafty Valentine Party each year, turning his whole house and garage into a Warholian Love Factory. It goes on all night; there are people welding outside and glue-gunning, water-coloring in the kitchen, glitter-spewing, collaging with old National Geographic's and National Enquirer's. You bring your own scissors and stuff to add to the 20-year supply closet. Love is All Around, baby!


OK, it’s last minute, and I don’t have anything for Valentine's. Help! What should I do!?
SB:
Two ideas:
  • My lover game,  Dare Cards, will give you so many fun ideas they will make your head spin. —Maybe other parts too.
  • Print out the lyrics to one of your favorite songs. Come up to your sweetheart and just sing your heart out! It does NOT matter what your pipes sound like; just go for it... Guaranteed to make both of you fall madly in love all over again.


Editor's note:
Thanks, Susie, for answering our questions during a very busy time of year. Let us know your favorite Valentine's stories below.


Turn Your Blog Into A Book

Our friends at Blurb, the book printers, have a special New Year offer just for bloggers who want to convert their blogs to books. So if you are ready to make the leap from the computer screen to the coffee table make sure you grab one of the discount codes.

French-word-a-day Naturally they featured a TypePad blogger, Kristin Espinasse of French Word-A-Day, for the promotion.

Kristin chronicles her adventures in France in this beautiful blog. Check out the interview with Kristin at the Blurberati blog and learn her secrets to success. Her number one tip is familiar to all bloggers: just get started, don’t wait to be perfect!

If you want to create your own blog book then get cracking! The blogger offer ends on Sunday January 31, 2010.* Just type in the appropriate code below at Blurb checkout and click APPLY:
USD$ Promo Code: BOOKMYBLOG (save US$10)
GBP£ Promo Code: BOOKMYBLOG2 (save £6 )
EUR€ Promo Code: BOOKMYBLOG3 (save €8)
AUD$ Promo Code: BOOKMYBLOG4 (save AUD$12)
Here’s the Blurb team’s fine print:
* Offer valid through January 31, 2010 (11:59 p.m. PST). The discount is applied toward the product total on one Blurb book made by you. Maximum discounts for each code are listed above. Not valid toward items in the Blurb Gift Center. This offer is good for one-time use and cannot be combined with other promotional codes or used for adjustments on previous orders.


P.S. Don’t forget to leave us a link to your finished books on the Blurb book store in the comments – so we can all check them out!

P.P.S. If you know someone who *should* have there own book, get them started with their own TypePad blog.

Best. Gift. Ever.

My mom prints out some of my blog posts and emails to save, and for my dad to read. While that's adorable, it's doesn't hold a candle to how happy my folks would be if I made them a Blurb book from my blog, like Steve Garfield made his mom:


If you want to make someone special in your life happy this holiday season, why not make a book out of your blog with Blurb? It's easy, and they've got a special promo from now through November 24th for 20% off plus free shipping. Give the gift you know they'll love!


Crushing It with Gary Vaynerchuk

If you’re not familiar with Gary Vaynerchuk of Wine Library TV and the upcoming book Crush It!, you’re missing out on one of the most energetic, inspirational and entertaining bloggers and social media experts.

A couple of weeks ago some of the TypePad team caught up with Gary and talked about his upcoming book, TypePad bloggers and the TypePad Motion announcement. In true Gary fashion, he did a great video post to the TypePad community and to bloggers everywhere.


Gary is a perfect example of someone who dedicated himself to his passion and put the tools available to him – a blog, a video camera, his expertise, and his enthusiasm – to create a unique and successful brand. As a blogger, you have the same tools available to you to build your own compelling personal and professional brand.

And now Gary has a new mission: encourage people to follow their passion and to effectively use social media and blogs (and everything else!) to connect with an audience that shares their interests, whether it is food, football, scrapbooking, marketing, parenting, Star Trek collectibles, or anything in between. His book is a wake up call for everyone to realize their potential and take hold of the opportunity of the new digital world. 

If you want to see Gary in person, check out his upcoming book tour. Learn more about his new book, Crush It!, at crushitbook.com.

Check out the video and if you have questions for Gary, leave them in the comments below.


Need Help With Your Blog?

Do you want to improve your blog but you're not sure where to start? Need some extra help launching a new blog? TypePad's expert Blog Services team are here for you! We evaluate your blog and provide tips on best posting practices, branding, custom domains and banners, and more. Then we take care of the recommended changes for you. Find out more and sign up to purchase one of our Blog Services at TypePad One.