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TypePad for Dummies

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.

TypePad for dummies 3 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.

So, if...

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.

Giveaway Time!

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.



"word verification for dummies" seriously!

or "oxyMORONS for dummies"

but today being friday...

"embrace your inner procrastinator for dummies"

perfect, right??


I just received my copy today Claire, I can't wait to read it; all the topics look really great!
Thanks again.

Mark D. Pool, M.D.

Secrets of the Universe for Dummies or Where do all the unmatched socks go?

The Typepad Team

Congratulations! Profit Doctor - we voted this one a winner - will you email me your postal address at calcock at Sixapart.com?


The Typepad Team

Hi Liz! Congratulations! We voted your answer a winner!
If you send your postal address to calcock at Sixapart.com we'll arrange for it to be shipped. Thanks!


Claire Alcock

Hi Dan, we loved this suggestion and voted you one of the winners! Congratulation. Send me an email at calcock at sixapart.com and we will arrange for the book to be shipped. Thanks and well done!


Claire Alcock

Hi Michelle - we loved this suggestion and voted you as one of the winners! Congratulations. Send me an email at Calcock at sixapart.com and we'll arrange for the book to be sent. Well done!


Claire Alcock

Well done Sally - we voted this response as one of the winners. Congratulations. If you would like to send me an email at calcock @ sixapart.com we can arrange to have the book sent over! Claire


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"Planet Earth for Dummies"


Finally, I've bought the book! And it should be here in a few days. Even though I'm one of the oldest members on TypePad,I might just as well need the book, after all! Filakia xxxxx


Marxism for Dummies: facts must trump the sound bites

Firozali A Mulla

Darling and Cable join forces to attack Osborne over Tory plans for tax cuts. ' You need to be respected even if you have to hold Visa, Master, Fuel, ATM George's , Dinners, Launcher’s, moochers’, hitch hitchhikers’ , Buy scout, YMCA, YWCA, just CA, PAN AM( closed) TWA(closed) no, not because of you . BHS, M&S, J7J, say 20 in a wallets and (you need not use these as they are stolen anyway), show these, your one cars about to expire may get through in error. Do you know finance? It works like this. MPs' expenses finally cut back... but they can STILL employ relatives and pocket house sale profits. One thing I detest is the audit reports, “We have examined the Profit & Loss account and Balance Sheet presented to us by the directors. We have obtained all the information for the various tests we needed to comply with the Standard Procedures Papers as stated in the Company’s Act 1948, revised in 1898, 1992, 2002. We certify that the accounts represent true and fair view of the Corporation. we have not verified the items of negligence, albeit these we are promised will be rectified subject to the accounts passed in this AGM. Read that you will know. It means ground zero. You seem to have forgotten that ministers had stolen lots of cash. Is that archived? Would you, yes, you like this sort of report, comment, summary, and note. No? Well I will reject that too. I thank you. Firozali A.Mulla


Cooking Comfort Food and Still Look Like Jennifer Aniston for Dummies


Here's mine as well: "Coffee for Dummies"!

Mz. Niya

Geeky to say, but I just can't put it down.

Pam Levack

Making your grandchildren adore you without alienating their parents.

Pam Levack

How to get your husband to listen to you.


Im ivy torres and im new so yea i don't know you?

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