Happy Random Acts of Kindness Week

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This week we want to share some kindness to all our new and existing bloggers! 

New Bloggers

To all our new Typepad bloggers we are providing an extended free trial to help you get your blog up and running. Our 14 day free trial will extend to 30 days and you will not have to enter a credit card. Go to our Pricing page to select the package that is best for you. Discount can only be used on Basic, Plus, and Unlimited Packages. After you have selected your package, you will be asked to create your account. In the discount section add RAK2018. The code is valid until Feb 17th, 2018.

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Share with your readers so they can become bloggers!

Be part of the Typepad community and share your voice. Use the discount code when you start your blog between today (2/14/2018) and the discount's end date (2/17/2018) #CaptureKindness #RAKWeek2018 

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We know adding a credit card can be a big commitment. For #RAKWeek we are removing the credit card requirement when you enter our discount code. Start your blog and join the Typepad community. #CaptureKindness #RAKWeek2018 (Link to be added later)

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Existing Bloggers

What a chance to win 1 of 5 $20 credits that will be added to your account? Enter today by filling out our quick survey and provide us with your blog information. This is only for existing bloggers who have an open and active account. All winners will be announced Tuesday Feb 20th, 2018.

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Are you a Typepad blogger? Enter to get a $20 credit added to your account. #CaptureKindness #RAKWeek2018 

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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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Design Lab: Blog Footer and Background

Design Lab Blog Footer and Background

Have you refreshed your blog using our new Design Labs? We would love to see the progress. Post a link to your blog and let us know your favorite feature in our new Design Lab. We will review the comment (make sure it is not spam) and share it with the rest of our readers!

Our new Design Lab has more features for us to share! Today we are going to go over how to customize the footer and the background of your blog. To get started click on the Design tab, then click on Style.

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The Blog Footer is at the bottom of your blog, it helps your readers by adding information or navigational links at the bottom of your site.  You can customize the font, text color and size. You can change the background color to help it stand out. Link back to the top of your blog (which is recommended!) to save your readers time scrolling. If you decide to not link back to the top you can left, center, or right align the text.

After you have designed the footer you can add content to your blog footer. This can be used for displaying links to pages on your own blog, a copyright note, links to other websites, or custom code, such as banners or widgets.

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Under the Background tab you can change the color and add a pattern to your background. You can select from one of our background patterns or upload your own. When you upload your own image it will tile it. You want to make sure the image connects nicely from end to end. For the post and side bar, you can select to have a rounded corners or pointed corners.

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The Book Shoppers Blog recently celebrated it's 400th post–congrats, Murray!

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Design Lab: Posts and Sidebar

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How do you like our new Design Lab? Enjoying all the customization options it has to offer? We have more to come!

We are continuing our series on our new Design Lab. Previously we wrote about how to customize your fonts, how to add a banner, and modifying your navigation bar. Now we are going to go over all the options you have for the body of the post and your sidebar. There are a ton of ways to mix and match settings to fit your brand.


Click on the Blogs tab, then click on the name of the blog. Click on the Design tab, then click on Style. On the right, click on Posts. Here you can customize the posts for your blog. You can change the design to match your business branding. There are many combinations you can use by changing the color, font and size of your Post Title, Dates, Text, and Footer. You can also change the background color and the link color.

There are four different alignment types for you to choose from: left, right, center or justified. You can customize the line spacing to be tight, normal, or loose.

The last cool feature is to add a border to your blog. You can add a border to one side or all the sides. Click on Border to view all the options. First, click on Change to customize the border (color, width, line type) then click on the X to close the window. After you design the line type you can choose where to place it (left, right, top, bottom).


The Sidebar works very similar to the Posts. When you click on Sidebar on the right of the Style page you can customize the fonts, size and color of the Header, Links, and Text. You can change the background, text alignment, and add a border. It has two extra settings for you to choose from: Fill Column Height and Collapse Margins.

If you select Yes for Fill Column Height it will expand the background color you choose from the sidebar past the last module to the bottom of the blog. If you select no, the background will end after the last module (default setting).

Collapse Margins controls the space between the Posts and the Sidebar. If you select Yes, it will remove the margin between them. By default it will have the space between the Posts and Sidebar.

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As you make changes to the Posts and the Sidebar you can see the changes reflected in the preview window.

How have you customized your blog using the Design Lab? Link to your blog in the comments and let us know how you like using the new Design Lab so far. We will approve it and post your comment. 

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Rolling Out of Beta: Sidebar Carousel

Last week we began rolling the Post Carousel out of Beta, the start of our releasing several Beta features to non-Beta subscribers.  This week, we've started rolling the Sidebar Carousel out of Beta as well.

If you're not familiar with the Sidebar Carousel, it places a slideshow of the images from one category of posts to your blog's sidebar. These pictures will then rotate, based on the various settings you can choose.  It's a great way to highlight specific categories or images on your blog in an eye-catching way. You can even add more than one Sidebar Carousel if you'd like.

Example of the Sidebar Carousel in action.

To add the Sidebar Carousel to your blog, simply go to Design > Content, find the Carousel option under Widgets, select the options you'd like to use, and save your changes.  Easy as pie! Our Knowledge Base article has more information on this topic.

As of right now, this is out to 25% of our non-Beta subscribers, but everyone else should see it over the upcoming weeks.

Want to give the Post Carousel a go but aren't a member of our Beta Team?  It's easy to join!  Just go to the Account tab, check the Beta Team option, and save your changes.

Featured Blog: Ten Minas

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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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