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Interview with Greg Kieszkowski from Ten Minas

Typepad's Interview with Greg Kieszkowski

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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Tenminas is part motivation, part reflection on what is going on in the world, part personal experience. The blog is written by Greg Kieszkowski, who was inspired by Seth Godin's blog. He started his blog with Typepad and revived his passion for writing. Recently he was a Typepad guest author and helped bust the myth of Writer's Block.  Take the weekend and read what is going on in his world.

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Open this post... Just Because

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Today is the day to do something just because you want to. Something you may have been putting off or something you never thought about doing.

Because we love our bloggers and cannot wait to meet new bloggers we are offering a Just Because promotion.

Current Typepad Bloggers

Down arrowWe will add a $10 credit to the first 50 bloggers who comment below what they did 'Just Because' along with their Typepad blog URL (promote your blog and help us find your account!).  The credit will be applied to your account before the end of August 2017. This is only for current Typepad Bloggers.

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Your ‘Just Because’ may be to start a blog today! We are going to give you a 30 day free trial with no credit/debit card required. Get started today… Just Because!

When setting up your account use the promo code JUSTBCTYPEPAD. This promo code is only available for Plus and Unlimited plans. You will be asked to enter a credit/debit card after the trial is over.

Make sure to share this great deal on your social media sites! Use the #JustBecauseTypepad to share with other Typepad bloggers or new bloggers! 


4 Ways Typepad Can Help Promote Your Blog

Typepad can help promote your blog

Promoting your blog can seem like a full time job. Posting to social media is fun, but Typepad can help introduce your blog to a new set of readers! Here are a few different ways Typepad can help you promote your blog.

Become a Guest Blogger

We like to spread our knowledge about Typepad, but we love it when our bloggers share their knowledge as well. Being a guest blogger is a great way to promote your blog and establish credibility as a professional blogger. We like to know what programs help you blog, any tips or tricks you like using in Typepad, and your experience blogging.

 Become a Guest Blogger

 

Shop Typepad

Does your blog help your business? Shop Typepad is our storefront that showcases our bloggers and their shops. This is a great place to support your fellow bloggers and purchase unique gifts for those you love. We love to support our charities, small businesses and indie retailers.

Submit your Business or Organization Today

 

Be interviewed by Typepad

Let us interview you about your experience blogging. Answer a few questions and we will share your interview on Everything Typepad. Share your goals for blogging and what makes your blog unique with everyone. We want to share the story of your blog and what is important to you.

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 Be Featured on Everything Typepad

Introduce yourself to other bloggers through Everything Typepad. We will showcase your blog with a great image and a little blurb you write yourself. Tell everyone what makes your blog great and why they should start reading it! We will include links to your blog and social media accounts.

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Four unique ways to promote your blog through Typepad. We love our bloggers and want to help spread the word about your blog. Click a link and get started today.


Using Canva and Picmonkey to create stunning visual content for your blog

Using Canva and Picmonkey to create stunning visual content for your blog

On average, visual content performs 4.4 times better than text based content (Source Chute and Digiday).

Let that fact sink in. If your blog is nothing but text, you may be missing out on readers. Creating visual content can be daunting. At Typepad, we use two great programs, Canva and PicMonkey, to create and edit visual content for our blog. Each site has a free version you can start using today.

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Canva is a great product to help you create beautiful designs. They have a free version for you to go in and start exploring their countless features. You can customize one of their many templates or start from scratch. They have great tutorials to help get you started using Canva.

The pre-made templates that Typepad uses the most are the Blog Titles and Social Media templates. Preset dimensions make it easy to create visual content that will fit nicely in your blog or social media posts. Canva is also useful in creating infographics. Infographics are a great way to provide information in a visual form. The Typepad team loves to use them, as you can see with our Google Design article, because they are easy for readers to digest a large amount of information visually.

Some examples of visual content created through Canva:

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PicMonkey is a creative tool to help you edit images. You have a chance to show your creativity and style. They have a free version for you to start using right away. You can upload an image, add filters, and add text or overlays to an image. PicMonkey is great for editing a profile picture for your About page on your blog or social media sites. One feature we like is the collage feature. This allows you to have multiple images in one to fit into Facebook, Pinterest and blog posts. Their tutorials are easy to follow and can help you take an image and add pizzazz. Don’t monkey around, upload a picture and start today.

An example of images created through PicMonkey:

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Now that you have all the tools you need to start adding great images to your blog posts! If there are other free or inexpensive image editing tools you use, let us know in the comments.


Join The Hunt

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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.

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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?

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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.