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!
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
We 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.
New Typepad Blogger
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
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!
- 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?
- From our National Pet Day celebration, Smokey helps @KristiEspinasse with her blog... What is the language that Kristi and Smokey help you speak?
- Botanical Paper Works has a great renewable idea. We would like to know How It Works. What are the four steps?
- On Typepad’s Pinterest page, name one “Words To Live By”.
- Who said “I really appreciate the positive, helpful attitude of your staff. Thanks a million!” (Hint: Check Typepad's social media)
- The Pet Blog Lady has been with us since 2007, What is the title of her first post?
- Newpath Consulting has a great blog post about Typepad. What do they show you how to do?
- 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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Now is that romantic or what!
"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."
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.
Thanks, Susie, for answering our questions during a very busy time of year. Let us know your favorite Valentine's stories below.