TypePad for Dummies
March 23, 2010
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.
"Pretending to Be A Good Cook Well Enough to Fool Your Kids & Husband" for Dummies.
Posted by: candy | March 23, 2010 at 02:05 PM
LOL! I hear re-plated take out served up with panache works a treat. Excellent suggestion Candy.
Posted by: Claire Alcock | March 23, 2010 at 02:09 PM
Help! I'm 50! for Dummies, Perimenopausal Women and Others drifting into the midlife crazies.
Posted by: Barbara Shallue | March 23, 2010 at 02:22 PM
"Dummy Books for Dummies"
Posted by: Melissa | March 23, 2010 at 02:35 PM
"How To Get Rid of Microsoft's Blue Screen of Death" For Dummies
Posted by: The Franchise King | March 23, 2010 at 02:45 PM
I wish that book was published when I posted my first post ever on TypePad in September 2004!I could do with some help then!
Posted by: Anastasia | March 23, 2010 at 03:24 PM
"Using a Cell Phone in Public" for Dummies
Posted by: Sue Mariconda | March 23, 2010 at 03:27 PM
Keeping your cool when you walk into a spider's web, trip over a crack and other things that are seemingly invisible to everyone else.
Posted by: Christopher Ortiz | March 23, 2010 at 03:45 PM
"How to speak to Dummies, for Dummies"
Posted by: Liza | March 23, 2010 at 03:55 PM
How to drive in traffic for DUMMIES!!!
Have a great day all you fellow bloggers!
Posted by: Wanda G | March 23, 2010 at 04:20 PM
Litter Box Etiquette For Dummies
The book would be geared toward Feline readers, & would be for single Cat, multiple Cat, Cat & Other Critters (The variety that would have to be covered is too many to mention here.), homes, as well as haveing a special chapter to be read by those other critters, and a special chapter to be read by our Human Companions.
Meowsings of an Opinionated Pussycat
Offishul Repurrter for The Cat Blogosphere
Posted by: Nikita | March 23, 2010 at 04:29 PM
<3 luv Typepad :) grab the books
Posted by: Lily Iris | March 23, 2010 at 05:07 PM
Eating Out as Much as Humanly Possible for Dummies
Posted by: A Twitter User | March 23, 2010 at 05:30 PM
Bought the book a few weeks ago, I'm glad I did, it's been a lifesaver! :-)
Posted by: Kofla Olivieri | March 23, 2010 at 06:04 PM
Posted by: bd | March 23, 2010 at 06:06 PM
Like Claire, I learned a few things from this book. And people that learn are not Dummies - but Smarties!
Here's a review of Typepad for Dummies I made last night for my small business audience: http://bit.ly/bjISAA
Posted by: Jeff Korhan | March 23, 2010 at 06:22 PM
How about, "How To Be A Congressman for Dummies"
Posted by: JHawk23 | March 23, 2010 at 06:22 PM
Posted by: Agnes | March 23, 2010 at 07:41 PM
How about Miss Manners meets Social Networking for Dummies"
Posted by: Bee | March 23, 2010 at 08:20 PM
The book is excellent. Since I already bought it and read it, I'll give others a chance to win a free copy.
Hopefully there will come a day when documentation is well enough written and available so that people will neither feel like dummies nor feel a need to purchase such books.
Posted by: Account Deleted | March 23, 2010 at 08:55 PM
Thank you David Simpson. I totally agree.
I help my husband, who happens to be an attorney, write and proof his briefs, and still have trouble wading through these computer issues.
Posted by: Jeni-B's-Attic | March 23, 2010 at 09:16 PM
The Kindle/iPad e-Book Battle for Dummies.
Posted by: Jon | March 23, 2010 at 09:53 PM
"How to teach your two year old to keep his pecker in his pants for dummies."
Posted by: Stephanie - Child Care Savvy | March 23, 2010 at 10:13 PM
It's more like for the smarties! Heck you can't know it all!
Posted by: Liza Elliott-Ramirez | March 24, 2010 at 02:29 AM
Posted by: freemoovee | March 24, 2010 at 04:54 AM
Bi-partisanship for dummies.
Posted by: Lisa at celebrate CREATIVITY | March 24, 2010 at 07:04 AM
Keeping The Toilet Seat Down for Dummies
Posted by: Karen | March 24, 2010 at 08:55 AM
"How to not yell at your husband for asking you for the remote that's sitting in front of him while you're trying to send a help ticket to Typepad Support for Dummies."
This really happened the other day. LOL :)
Rose <3's typepad
Posted by: MosaicMe | March 24, 2010 at 09:10 AM
Such great ideas! @Bee - yours is an idea we are working on, actually. Thanks everyone for the participation and the interest in TypePad For Dummies! Amy Fandrei, Wiley Publishing
Posted by: Amy Fandrei | March 24, 2010 at 11:07 AM
Oh boy - where do I sign!?
Posted by: Claire Alcock | March 24, 2010 at 11:49 AM
I hear you Wanda - watch Everything TypePad this week for traffic tools and tips I think you will like!:)
Posted by: Claire Alcock | March 24, 2010 at 11:53 AM
I would give this book to a local cat that regularly mistakes my deck for his litter box - he needs some serious etiquette help! Thanks Niquita
Posted by: Claire Alcock | March 24, 2010 at 11:55 AM
Posted by: Claire Alcock | March 24, 2010 at 11:56 AM
This is a really great review from a TypePad expert - thanks Jeff.
Posted by: Claire Alcock | March 24, 2010 at 11:57 AM
Too true! We, the TypePad Team, are working on making the TypePad Knowledge Base as comprehensive and helpful as possible. However many people find having a book to hand suits the way they work a lot better. I know I have found it useful as a quick reference guide over the last few weeks.
Don't forget the TypePad support team are there to help TyepPad Pro users whenever they need it.
Posted by: Claire Alcock | March 24, 2010 at 12:01 PM
LOL - this really made us all laugh this morning! Thank you Stephanie :)
Posted by: Claire Alcock | March 24, 2010 at 12:02 PM
Watching grass grow or alternatively watching paint dry for dummies!!
Posted by: Brandon Freeman | March 24, 2010 at 12:14 PM
Dummies For Dummies! Take this one! I would sure appreciate this book!
Posted by: Agata | March 24, 2010 at 12:16 PM
Commuting on your Bicycle for Dummies
Posted by: Adam Nagy | March 24, 2010 at 12:20 PM
"Mannequins for dummies" would have an obvious cross species appeal...or what about the zen like "Ventriloquism for dummies"
Posted by: Chris Smith | March 24, 2010 at 12:21 PM
It's about time!
Thank you SO much! We are going to buy ours right now!
Posted by: Erik HOMEMADE | March 24, 2010 at 12:21 PM
All the ...for Dummies books that I would write have already been taken.... :)
How 'bout: Screenwriters' Meetings at Starbuck's for Dummies
Plural, simply because in LA, everyone IS a screenwriter :)
Posted by: Matches Malone | March 24, 2010 at 12:21 PM
I am the dummest of them all - I must win it!!!!!!!
Posted by: Laurie Mattaliano | March 24, 2010 at 12:22 PM
BLOGGING WHAT WILL MAKE YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY JEALOUS AND LEAVING OUT THE TRUTH For Dummies!
Posted by: Gillian Greding | March 24, 2010 at 12:22 PM
Public Restroom Etiquette For Dummies
And I would give it to everyone that works in my office. I can't believe some of the stuff I see.
Posted by: Bruce Downs | March 24, 2010 at 12:22 PM
How to Navigate NYC sidewalks with a double-wide stroller for Dummies
How not to be an ass for Dummies.
Posted by: Lauren Dimet Waters | March 24, 2010 at 12:22 PM
How to put ads on your typepad blog for dummies. If I could figure this out, I could afford to buy the damn book!
Posted by: Judy McGuire | March 24, 2010 at 12:22 PM
"Making Money by Blogging for Dummies" -- can't wait to win this book!
Posted by: Wool Free and Lovin' Knit | March 24, 2010 at 12:23 PM
How to master Twitter, for Dummies
Posted by: EricaKerwien | March 24, 2010 at 12:24 PM
As a father navigating the mysterious process, I would suggest
"How to get your teenager into the Best college (for her/him) for Dummies"
Posted by: Bruce's Place | March 24, 2010 at 12:24 PM
"How NOT to be Stupid...for Dummies"
Posted by: Molly Cook | March 24, 2010 at 12:24 PM
How to deal with crazy people for dummies :)
Posted by: Nan Beyer | March 24, 2010 at 12:24 PM
An ancient among Typepad bloggers (at 76 years), I deserve a free copy to help me convince all the 50-something youngsters to get started. Looking forward, naomi
Posted by: a little red hen | March 24, 2010 at 12:26 PM
Oh, how I would love to see a "Paleography for Dummies"!
It'll never happen
Posted by: The FGB | March 24, 2010 at 12:26 PM
"Shedding for Dummies - how to maximize your shedding capabilites and drive your humans crazy!" written by my long-haired cat who is losing about a pound of fur a day right now. :)
Posted by: camelama | March 24, 2010 at 12:27 PM
"Etiquette on Public Transportation for Dummies." It would include such topics as: 1) When to give yourself a manicure...and, no, its not on the Muni; 2) How to cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough and someone is directly in front of you; and 3) What to do when people talk on the bus to no one in particular.
Posted by: David Ramirez | March 24, 2010 at 12:27 PM
Organizing Your Social Networks For Dummies
Posted by: Profit Doctor | March 24, 2010 at 12:27 PM
Writing Dummies Books for Dummies
Posted by: Marlita H | March 24, 2010 at 12:28 PM
"How to Win Anything for Dummies"
"My life as a Fashion Duh-mmie"
"How to Dummify Yourself for other Dummies"
"Dum-Dum-Da-Dum for Dummies"
"I can Keep Going for Dummies"... well that wasn't really a title!
LOL! Have a great week and good luck to everyone!! Or just to those five lucky people... Kidding of course! :)
Posted by: Bobbin Talk | March 24, 2010 at 12:28 PM
How grooms can help plan a wedding without constantly pissing off your future wife....for dummies
Posted by: Brentlamphier | March 24, 2010 at 12:28 PM
Relaxation for Dummies; your guide on how to do absolutely nothing.
Posted by: Leslie | March 24, 2010 at 12:28 PM
"How to tell the difference between an advertisement and something you SHOULD click for Dummies"
Posted by: Stephen Carr | March 24, 2010 at 12:28 PM
Mannequins, Puppets and Car Crash Dummies For Dummies
Posted by: Profit Doctor | March 24, 2010 at 12:29 PM
The New Health Care 2010: the true and the imagined, for Dummies
Posted by: Lynn Fisher - Write Where I Am | March 24, 2010 at 12:29 PM
"herding cats and dogs and children for dummies"
Posted by: Laura | March 24, 2010 at 12:29 PM
I would love to have a "Politics for Dummies" - so much dramam these days and I really don't know what to think.
Posted by: Jennifer Harris | March 24, 2010 at 12:29 PM
In readiness for my vacation ....
"How to Pack & Dress to Get Through Airport Security for Dummies" as there's always someone .......
Posted by: Account Deleted | March 24, 2010 at 12:30 PM
"Existentialism and Phenomenology for Dummies" that would be fun
Posted by: Stephen Carr | March 24, 2010 at 12:30 PM
I have already drafted a book entitled "How to be Smart, for Dummies".
The book provides basic common sense information about how to do things that sometimes trip people up in the maintenance of everyday lives. It is particularly good for those out of their own for the first time, but is a great reference for anyone who gets snagged on the basics, such as:
How to get a passport. How to cook twenty-one healthy and nutritious and savory meals on one burner. How to remove a wart. How to burp a baby. How to become rich painlessly over a lifetime? How to begin a saving plan? How to identify future collectables. How to identify posion ivy and how to treat it. How to reduce your chances of being victimized. Just good basic smarts. Best Regards, dw
Posted by: PapaD | March 24, 2010 at 12:30 PM
Anatomy book called Gummies, Tummies and Bummies for Dummies.
Posted by: Profit Doctor | March 24, 2010 at 12:31 PM
"Gmail for Dummies"
Of course there's already "Google Apps for Dummies", but it's from 2008 (way back when). There are so many great features, I think Gmail deserves its own book.
Posted by: Michael Janicke | March 24, 2010 at 12:31 PM
How to save face when your kids repeat in public what you said in private for Dummies!! Oh my!
Posted by: Gnet | March 24, 2010 at 12:31 PM
i have so many dummy needs i would not even know where to begin. how about a whole library for dummies with too many hobbies and an inability to say no to new projects?
Posted by: joanner | March 24, 2010 at 12:31 PM
Breastfeeding for Dummies: The Ultimate "How To" Guide for the Baby in your Life!...
Forgive me, but I do run a breastfeeding website & blog!
Posted by: Emily | March 24, 2010 at 12:31 PM
How to make it through a day in NYC with 2 Dollars - For Dummies.
Posted by: Mariella Gross | March 24, 2010 at 12:32 PM
How to live without Cable for Dummies
Posted by: sheabugs | March 24, 2010 at 12:33 PM
Dummies Guide to Seashells
Dummies Guide to Coastal Living
Posted by: Jacqueline Bodnar | March 24, 2010 at 12:33 PM
Text Speak for Dummies
Posted by: Raushanah Butler | March 24, 2010 at 12:33 PM
The Ultimate Dummy Book for Dummies
Posted by: Raushanah Butler | March 24, 2010 at 12:34 PM
for my mother and I ~ How to navigate the Social Security and Medicare System book for old dummies!
Posted by: Clarissa Romano | March 24, 2010 at 12:34 PM
"Breaking Up for for Dummies"... How to end your relationship successfully.
Posted by: WAM Golf | March 24, 2010 at 12:35 PM
Teen Slang for Dummies
Posted by: Raushanah Butler | March 24, 2010 at 12:35 PM
"Building the perfect sandwich for dummies"
Posted by: Gretchen "Boo" Rayburn | March 24, 2010 at 12:36 PM
How to Raise Toddlers and Keep Your Sanity for Dummies.... alas all the pages would be blank.....
Posted by: Kathleen | March 24, 2010 at 12:36 PM
Since I have a travel blog, I would pick the title: How to travel with kids without losing your sanity.
Posted by: Lydie Thomas | March 24, 2010 at 12:37 PM
Ventriloquism For Dummies
Posted by: Edwina Trout | March 24, 2010 at 12:38 PM
Translating garbled fast food drive thru intercom conversations for Dummies! (especially during a rain storm - "Can I get an egg and cheese on a waffle!" "Ok, so sausage on a waffle hold the egg??")
Posted by: Mandy Gordon | March 24, 2010 at 12:38 PM
Cooking from Scratch Without Spending Hours in the Kitchen for Dummies
Would LOVE to win the book! I've been a blog follower of Shannon Lowe for a long time now and her blog was a main clincher for me in choosing Typepad when I started blogging!
Posted by: Paula Brazzell | March 24, 2010 at 12:39 PM
Stencilling The Town Red for dummies..... and I so need this book.
Posted by: stencil helen | March 24, 2010 at 12:39 PM
Working at home for dummies: how to use low-cost, web-based technology to have a successful career -- without commuting or dressing for success.
Posted by: Tom Selling | March 24, 2010 at 12:39 PM
How to order a drink at Starbucks for dummies
Posted by: Carrine Langley | March 24, 2010 at 12:40 PM
"How to Dance on a Bar Without Falling Off For Dummies"
Not that it happens a lot at our place... :)
Posted by: Debbi | March 24, 2010 at 12:40 PM
Crash Testing Cars For Dummies...
Posted by: The Diet Guy | March 24, 2010 at 12:40 PM
Not Being Clever For Dummies...
Posted by: The Diet Guy | March 24, 2010 at 12:41 PM
"How to Reinvent Yourself in an Empty Nest for Dummies"
Posted by: Karen DeVeaux | March 24, 2010 at 12:41 PM
"Ordering an Expresso at Starbucks Without Sounding Like an Idiot For Dummies." Why saying "non-fat" rather than "skinny" and "extra large" rather than "Venti" can ruin your life, harm the planet, and make the coffeehouse pros standing in line behind you put their hands over their ears.
Posted by: Brian Hines | March 24, 2010 at 12:41 PM
Test Crashes for Dummies. :)
Posted by: Will Clark | March 24, 2010 at 12:41 PM
"WTF does not mean "wake the family" and other anagrams, textspeak, and clever abbreviations defined for Dummies..."
Posted by: Sally Keller | March 24, 2010 at 12:41 PM
Remembering The Name Of The Children's Rubber Suckable Soother Things For Dummies...
Posted by: The Diet Guy | March 24, 2010 at 12:42 PM
How to be a Crash Test Dummy for Dummies
Posted by: Kevin | March 24, 2010 at 12:43 PM