Typepad Blogger Weekly Roundup

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Every week we share Typepad blogs that have caught our eye and been shared over social media.  Check them out!

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Looking for a good movie? Check out Brian Orndorf's blog and read his review to see which movie will be a part of your next movie night!

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The Hannah Family follows a large family of 7 people and 7 pets. From Pat (74) to Dave (13); follow their life and read about how they stay strong and keep moving forward.

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Daily Dose of Dogs (aka Cats with your coffee) shares the stories of a private animal rescuer.  Featuring dogs and cats, scroll down to see who is up for adoption and read their stories.

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The perfect blog to read with your best dog friend! The Poodle (and Dog) Blog celebrates the remarkable, the ordinary, and the very funny dogs that share our world.

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Danger Dog Blog shares folk art from the Himalayas. Come for the dogs, stay for the dogs! Great stories behind every piece.

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Harriete Estel Berman blog, Ask Harriete, is about her art, being a professional artist, and promoting solutions for recurring issues in the art and craft community. 

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Surrender, Dorthy is written by Rita Arens.  She started this blog after the birth of her daughter to capture all of their amazing moments together.

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See The Gate City like a local. Greensboro Daily Photo is a daily photo blog taking the time to enjoy and share Greensboro and its surrounding area.


Typepad Blogger Weekly Roundup

Typepad Bloggers Weekly Roundup 2 (1)
Every week we share Typepad blogs that have caught our eye and been shared over social media.  Check them out!

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All That Sparkles is about life. Everything that life has to offer and one woman's journey to overcome it all!

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Join Mystic Polly at her blog Super Life Coach. She interprets her dreams, shares her green living, and eco art projects.

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Written by a 15 year fitness expert, Laura, Body Talk eZine shares her philosophy on wellness, fitness, beauty, and integrative medicine in an effort to inspire everyone!

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Southern Sonoma Country Life is a blog from Frances Rivetti. Follow her travels and the journey of writing her debut novel, Big Green Country.

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There is more to cooking than great food. The science behind it is just as juicy! Read Curious Cook and explore the science of food and it transformation with Harold McGee. 

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Carolina Mountain Dog is a "blogazine" for dog lovers who live in or near the Carolina mountains (or wish they did). This blog celebrates the unique relationship between dogs and the mountains.

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Art can be found everywhere! When you visit the blog LaureLines Paintings and Drawings,  you will see the beauty of everyday life through her eyes.


Publish Twitter Posts On Your Blog With The Help Of IFTTT

IFTTT and Twitter

IFTTT is a great platform that allows different apps, web services, and devices to communicate with each other. These are called Applets and you can set as many applets as you like.

All blog posts don't need to be 1000 words long. Sometimes 280 characters are all you need. IFTTT allows you to create an applet so Twitter can communicate with Typepad and publish a post when you use a specific hashtag.  Easily share your Twitter posts to your blog readers. 

Create a IFTTT Account

From IFTTT.com you will need to create an account. Click on Sign Up to create an account. You can use Google, Facebook, or Email. Once you create your account, you can create an applet. 

Get Your Secret Typepad Email

In Typepad, click on the Blogs tab, then click on the name of the blog. Click on the Settings tab, then Post By Email. Copy the Secret Address and save it somewhere safe so you can use it to create your Applet. 

Create an IFTTT Applet

Click on the down arrow next to your account name, then on New Applet. Select +this then select Twitter.

If ThisSelect "New tweet by you with hashtag". This will set a trigger to publish any Twitter post that uses a specific hashtag on your blog.

Step 2 Choose A Trigger edited

Enter your hashtag and Create Trigger. Enter a hashtag that you don't use often. Whenever you use this hashtag, it will trigger this Applet and post to your blog. 

Add A Hashtag

Now you want to click on That, then select Gmail. From Gmail, click on Send An Email.

Gmail Action

Email set upNext to Email Address you will enter your secret Typepad email address. This email address is used to publish posts to your blog from your email.

The subject will be your blog post title. We recommend using something that can be used multiple times (like Twitter Musings from @ (UserName)).

The body of your post will by default include: the Tweet, link to your Twitter account, and links to show it was created by IFTTTT. 

You can add to what is published as well by adding more the body of the email. After you have customized the body, select Create Action.

Now you can review the applet and click Finish. 

Finished Review

Now that you created one Applet, explore IFTTT.com and see what others useful Applets you can create. 


Typepad Blogger Weekly Roundup

Typepad Bloggers Weekly Roundup 2 (1)
Every week we share Typepad blogs that have caught our eye and have shared over social media.  Check them out!

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Queen's Hotel is a Japanese blog for a shop that works with vintage and antique items.  Showing off original work and new creations.

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Handstories tells Hazel’s life story through textures, colorful fabrics, and daily adventures. It's a mix to really show the fabric of life!

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The Queen of Style is here to share all things style, celebrity, culture, and more! Read about the latest red carpet looks and learn the latest beauty techniques.

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Your creative side needs to be fed. Check out Ingenious Inklings and be inspired by her inspirational cards.

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Even if you are not a speedreader, these reviews from Speed-Reading Book Nerd Reviews are great. These detailed reviews will help you find an epic (5 star) book or be steered away from a wallbanger (1 star).

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Oberon's Grove is for those that love classical music or want to learn more about classical music. This is an open diary about music and dance events in New York City.

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Looking for a job can be stressful. If you are in Minnesota your search is a little easier. The Minnesota Headhunter blog is here to show you the latest opennings and give you advice on how to get hired.


Blog Smarter with Master Templates

Blog Smarter with Master Templates


Everyone has heard the saying "Work smarter, not harder." At Typepad, we are here to give you tips and tricks to make sure your blog is a success! Today we are going over how to create a Master Template for sharing recipes.  

First, you want to copy the code below and put it into a new blog post by clicking on the HTML tab on the Compose page. 

Code For Recipe Template

Now click on the Rich Text tab to see the post and make changes. 

TIP: Name this post Master Recipe and save it as a draft. Make any changes to the font, color, and branding you want to have in every post.  Change the status to Draft and click Save. Now you have code to reference for future blog posts. 

Table For The Recipe

The recipe is in a 1x2 table. This gives you a section for the ingredients and a section for the instructions. You can change the background of the table to match your brand colors. 

To edit the background color, click in the table then click on the Table Properties icon in the bar under the table. On the Advanced tab, click on the little square to select a color. Put in the hex value or RGB values of the color you want. Click Ok. You will see that color in the little box and the hex value next to it. Click OK to save your changes. 

You can do the same thing to add a border around the table. Keep in mind this will add a border around each cell. 

Advanced Table
Recipe TemplateAdd Code To New Post

Now that you have the Master Template post set up, you want to save it as a draft. Next to Status click on the drop down and select Draft, then Save. 

When you are ready to create a new recipe post, search for the Master Recipe post and click on the title to go to the Compose page. From the Compose page, click on the <> button to view the source code, copy the source code. Next, click on the Posts tab, and create a new post. Click on the <> button and paste in your code. Select Ok. 

Adding A Printed Version

Some home chefs don't like to have their phones out while they are preparing food. Always offer a way for your readers to print out your recipes. We recommend that you write them up in a document and save as a PDF. PDF's are easy to upload, download, and print on a multitude of devices. Look for 'Print Recipe' in the recipe template, then click on the File icon. Choose the PDF file of your recipe, then click OK to upload and link it to the highlighted text. The 'Print Recipe' text will change to 'Download NAME OF FILE'" where "NAME OF FILE" is italicized but not capitalized like in my example here. You can keep the default text or customize the text by clicking the newly made link and editing the text in the 'Change the Text to Display' field. Click OK to save the change. TIP: The Jump To Recipe link is an anchor link that is already set up to go down to the recipe. No need to change anything. 

Image Gallery

The Image Gallery is a great way to display your images. You can add images of you creating the dish or of your family and friends enjoying the meal. 

To change the images in the image gallery, select one image, then click on the Insert Image icon. Choose file and select all the images you want to add.

Image Gallery

Tip: Hold down CTRL to select multiple images if you are using Windows. If you are using a Mac, hold down CMD. 

Select Insert Images to add the images to the scroll bar. Once you have added your images, you can delete our images. Select the Image and tap delete on your keyboard.

To change the text, click on the text and delete what is written. Now type in what you want to add.

We recommend using a master template to save time with formatting and managing images. We provided one example of how such a template could be used, but we'd love to learn what other types of templates you would like to see. Make sure to leave a comment with your thoughts and suggestions!