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We Love Blogging

Blog_300 It's obvious that we at TypePad love blogging and with Valentine's Day fast approaching we thought we'd wear our heart on our sleeves and declare our love. We love blogging and we know you do, too! And to celebrate that love affair we invite you to declare what you love about blogging.

Here's how:

Step 1 - Write a post about why you love blogging.

It can be a list of what you love, a story connected to your blog, a person you met through blogging, an opportunity that came your way... anything!

Step 2 - Add a badge and link it to this post:

Right-click and Save As... (Mac users Ctrl + click, Save as...)

URL for this post is http://everything.typepad.com/blog/2009/02/i-love-blogging.html

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Step 3 - Tag 5 Friends

At the end of the post, tag five fellow bloggers to write their own 'I Love Blogging' posts. 

Step 4 - Let Us Know!

Let us know about your post so we can link to it - post your link in the comments below.

To kick off the series we're asking some of our Six Apart staffers to reveal why they love blogging.

Andy, our resident TypePad smarty-pants, on how blogging is about the intersection of history and biography.

Ginevra, our community manager, writes about how blogging can be a reflection of yourself to the world.

Alex, one of our VPs and the head TypePad honcho, tells us how blogging a great meal can bring happiness.

Daisy, our communications editor manager, shares how completely addictive blogging can be.

Michael, another VP shoots out a list of 25 bullets on why he loves blogging.


I Love Blogging: 'Intersection of History and Biography'

Blog_300 This post is part of our I Love Blogging Valentine's Day celebration.

I first started blogging in June of 2000 using good ol' Blogger (today I use Movable Type, TypePad and WordPress). I'd first been turned on to blogging reading the blogs of Cameron Barret, Dack and the ur-blog Suck.com. The thought of 'push-button publishing' was intoxicating. I write stuff, click a button and chikapow! it is online for a global audience to read, respond or rebutt. The burgeoning global community of bloggers was a fascinating mix of academics, artists, writers and other misfits enjoying this online underground about to go mainstream (anybody remember the fundraiser for an extra server?).

Blogging is pretty much responsible for all of my successes of the past 5 years. My blog led to clients for my consulting business because they could read my archives and learn that Yes he knows what he's talking about. My blog led to a book deal for Blogwild - with no agent and no book proposal - just an editor calling me out of the blue to say We like your writing style, do you want to write a book for us? And of course my blog led to my current position at Six Apart where I am steeped in the next generation of social publishing and the race for the Next Big Thing.

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Feb 25 - TypePad Basics Teleseminar

Recording of the Webex session.

Join veteran blogger and general TypePad smarty-pants Andy Wibbels in a 1-hour session on how to get the most out of your TypePad blog. We'll walk through the essential basics to set the stage for a superstar blog. This class is completely free and is open to anyone, anywhere.

In this workshop you'll:

  • Create your first blog and start posting immediately
  • Learn how to post images, upload files and add videos to your blog
  • Change the style of your blog to match your personality or business brand
  • Integrate your blog with Facebook, LinkedIn and other social networks to increase your blog's reach

TypePad Basics

  • Wednesday February 25th
  • One 1-hour session
  • Starts at 10:00 am Pacific / 1:00 pm Eastern / 6:00 pm London
  • You will need an existing TypePad account or a credit card to start a free trial account.

How to attend the virtual teleseminar:

Before the call starts:

  1. Click here to join the WebEx session.
  2. Call-in toll-free: 866-699-3239 or (toll number) 1-408-792-6300.
  3. Event number is 666 910 281.
  4. Event password is 12345.

Can't make the session? No big deal. We're recording the audio and the screencast for ya and it will be posted right here on the Everything TypePad blog.


Add Your Latest Twitter Tweets to Your TypePad Blog

Twitter is a microblogging service that lets you share ideas and news with your friends in 140 character updates. Here's how to add your latest Twitter updates - called tweets - to your TypePad blog: (instructions below)

 

  1. Go to http://www.twitter.com/widgets/ and select TypePad and click on Continue. Select the number of tweets you want to display and give your list of updates a name. Click Install Widget on TypePad.
  2. You'll be sent into TypePad to then choose the blog you want to add the Twitter widget to.
  3. Check the checkbox of the blog and click Add Widget. The Widget has been added to your sidebars.
  4. Go out to your blog and reload it and you should see your latest Twitter updates your sidebar.
To change the position of the Twitter widget, go to Weblogs > (your blog) > Design > Content and then drag-and-drop the widgets in the order your like and then Save Changes.

Add Recommended Reading and Star Ratings with the Outbrain Widget

Outbrain lets you easily add a ratings widget so your readers can rate your posts between one and five stars. It also brings up recommended posts based on those ratings. Here's how to add it to TypePad: (text instructions below)

 

  1. Go to http://www.outbrain.com/ and click on the TypePad icon.
  2. Fill out the registration form and click Register. Your Outbrain account is created.
  3. Then click on Get Widget Now.You'll be sent into TypePad to choose the blog you want to add the ratings widget to.
  4. Check the checkbox of the blog and click Add Widget.
  5. Go out to your blog. You'll now see a one to five star ratings widget, recommendations will appear as ratings accumulate.

Add Search to Your TypePad Blog with Lijit

Lijit is a service that allows you to add a search box to your blog and also include other sources like your YouTube videos, recent Diggs and Delicious bookmarks. Here's a quick video on how to add it to your blog: (text instructions below)


  1. Go to http://www.lijit.com/ and click on Get Started. You are prompted to enter your blog's URL.
    Enter your blog's URL and click Get Lijit.
  2. Lijit then prompts you to add your bookmarks, photos, videos, feeds and other information into your search. Select the ones you want and then click Save and Continue.
  3. Next, you'll be prompted to add configuration options to any extra search sources you've chosen. Click Save and Continue.
  4. You'll then create a Lijit account and profile. Click Save and Continue. Lijit goes out to all the sources and indexes them.
  5. You can upload a photo to your search results, or not. Save and Continue
  6. On the next screen, you can choose from various configuration options for the search box that will go into your sidebar. Fill them out and click Save Wijit settings. A success message displays, close it.
  7. Then click Quick Install for TypePad.You'll be sent into TypePad to then choose the blog you want to add the Lijit search box to.
  8. Check the checkbox of the blog and click Add Widget. The Widget has been added to your sidebars.
  9. Go out to your blog and reload it and you should see the Lijit search box in your sidebars.

To change the position of the Lijit search widget, go to Weblogs > (your blog) > Design > Content and then drag-and-drop the widgets in the order your like and then Save Changes.


Add Social Bookmarking to TypePad with the ShareThis Widget

The ShareThis widget helps your readers bookmark, blog about, share and send your blog posts to their friends and social networks. Here's how to add it to TypePad: (text instructions below)

 

  1. Go to http://www.sharethis.com/ and click on Get the Button. The Get the Button page displays.
  2. Select your blog platform, in this case TypePad.
  3. Customize the widget (or don't).
  4. Click on Get ShareThis code.
  5. Create your ShareThis account - this will give you customized reports on how readers are sharing your content.
  6. Click on Add to TypePad.
  7. Go out to your blog (or reload it) you'll now see the ShareThis widget at the bottom of each post.

March 4 - Building Websites with TypePad Teleseminar

Here's the recording and screencast.

Join veteran blogger and general TypePad smarty-pants Andy Wibbels in a 1-hour session on how to build a basic website with TypePad. We'll walk through tips, tricks and techniques to building a website in a matter of minutes. This class is completely free and is open to anyone, anywhere.

Building Websites with TypePad

  • Wednesday March 4th
  • One 1-hour session
  • Starts at 10:00 am Pacific / 1:00 pm Eastern / 6:00 pm London

How to attend the virtual teleseminar:

Before the call starts:

  1. Click here to join the WebEx session.
  2. Call-in toll-free: 866-699-3239 or (toll number) 1-408-792-6300.
  3. Event number is 660 212 121.
  4. Event password is 12345.

Can't make the session? No big deal. We're recording the audio and the screencast for ya and it will be posted right here on the Everything TypePad blog.


Domain Mapping Your TypePad Blog with a Go Daddy Domain Name

We can help! Don't forget that Six Apart offers our Power Launch and Blog Tune Up packages which both include domain mapping. Learn more...

Domain mapping is probably one of the most important things you'll ever do to setup your TypePad blog. It helps you establish your blog as a brand and as an identity and reduces confusion in explaining to folks how to get to your blog ('No really, it's john smith dot type pad dot com... not thai pad, but type as in typewriter, pad as in notepad, typepad dot com.'). Domain mapping also contributes to search engine juice since the words that are in your domain name will be some of the keywords the search engines see. Here's how to do it using the domain registrar Go Daddy.

First some background:

Domain mapping is changing your blog's address from an address like yourname.typepad.com to your own domain that you purchase and register yourself (yourdomain.com). TypePad updates all of your blog's archive links with the new URL and continues to honor any blogs linking to the old site address.

Domain mapping is not domain forwarding

Many people activate domain forwarding with their domain registrars and think that they are done. They aren't.

Domain forwarding (also called a redirect) only forwards people from yourdomain.com to yourname.typepad.com. It does not change the links of your blog or archives. Someone types out yourdomain.com and they are forwarded to your TypePad blog, but the instant they click any other link on your blog, it is still at the old yourname.typepad.com address. That's no good!

Preparing for Domain Mapping

Once you begin the domain mapping process, it may take from 12 to 48 hours to complete. That is why I always recommend doing it on a weekend or whenever your traffic is lowest.

Register a Domain

First, go to www.godaddy.com and register your domain name. My best advice for a good domain is one that requires the least explanation. So if someone says your domain out loud or hears it on the radio, it is easy to remember and type into a browser's address bar. If you have an often misspelled name, you might register frequent misspellings as well. My last name (Wibbels) is often mistyped (Wibbles) so I send traffic to a special 'whoops, it's actually E-L-S' page.

Once your domain name has been purchased, Go Daddy 'parks' your domain. You'll probably see a 'coming soon' page when you go to your domain. That's perfectly normal.

Write down your Go Daddy login information some place handy or email it to yourself.

Step 1 of 3: Set Up Things on the TypePad Side

Domain mapping is a multi-step process and the important thing is not to panic. There's a couple points that often trip people up, I'll put those in bold and red.

So our key ingredients are:

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Making Money With Your Blog

AdModuleScreenshot for ETPIt’s now easy to embed any html in your blog including widgets, a flickr badge, or ads from other networks like Google.

There's a simple process for uploading ads from Six Apart Media into your TypePad blog. Here's a quick overview:


Step 1: Go to Design tab.
Step 2: Add the Six Apart Media ad module.
Step 3: Paste your Six Apart Media ad tags into the module.
Step 4: Profit!

You can even drag and drop customization of ads in your blog. Neat!