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I Heart Odd-Toed Ungulates

NAME: Natalya Zahn
BLOG: i (heart) odd-toed ungulates
WHY WE THINK I HEART ODD-TOED UNGULATES ROCKS: There's something really beautiful about the way that illustration, science, and design can come together, and no one does it quite like Natalya, a natural illustrator who is fascinated by all things animal. Once begun as a project to document her work and catalog things of interest, i [heart] ungulates has become a tool to help Natalya hone the direction of her artwork while she builds community with her readers. This isn't your every day science blog; it is beautifully designed and homes equally lovely works of art and vision and absolutely wonderful photographs.


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Did You Know?: Recovering a Lost Post

It happens to all of us.  You're working on a post and something happens - your electricity goes out, your web browser crashes, or another unforseen circumstance.

If this happens, you might be able to recover your post since TypePad saves your post while you're composing. To restore your post, click the Restore Auto-Save Content button in the Rich Text editor.  It's located here:

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If the button is active, you can click it to restore your post. Please note that this won't always work since crashes and the like can cause a problem with the script.

We also recommend that you save your post as a draft while you work on it, which is especially true for longer posts or posts that you spend a long time editing. The Restore Auto-Save Content feature should only be used in an emergency as the post is not actually saved to your account.

You can read more about restoring your posts and tips for making sure to save your work in our Knowledge Base.

Stitch Rabbit

NAME: Carli Spear-Beauchamp
BLOG: Stitch Rabbit
WHY WE THINK STITCH RABBIT ROCKS: Sometimes funny, sometimes sweet, always from the heart, Stitch Rabbit is all about the life and thoughts of knitwear designer Carli Spear-Beauchamp. Through creative posts and captivating photos, Carli offers an authentic slice of creative and family life and a sweet sense of encouragement and community with her readers.



Quick Tip: Customize The Categories Module Header

Did you ever want to change the heading for the Categories module in the sidebar? Well you can with Custom CSS. (Custom CSS is a feature available with the Unlimited and higher plans.)

If you are using the Category Cloud module in your sidebar, you can use the below CSS:

.module-category-cloud .module-header { font-size: 0px; letter-spacing: 0.1em; } /* Do not edit this line */

.module-category-cloud .module-header:before {
font-size: 10px;
content: "View Posts By Category";
letter-spacing: 0.1em;

If you are using the standard Category List module in your sidebar, you can use the below CSS:

.module-categories .module-header { font-size: 0px; letter-spacing: 0.1em; } /* Do not edit this line */

.module-categories .module-header:before {
font-size: 10px;
content: "Topics";
letter-spacing: 0.1em;

Within the CSS, you can edit 3 of the attributes:

  • The content attribute is where you will include the text you want to display as the header of the module instead of Categories.
  • Adjust the font-size to match the font size of the sidebar module headers set for your design.
  • Adjust the letter-spacing to match the spacing between characters of the sidebar module headers set for your design.

After you customize the CSS specific to your Category module, go to Design > Custom CSS, enter the CSS code in the text field, and click Save Changes to update your site.


NAME: Miss James Kicinski-McCoy
BLOG: Bleubird
WHY WE THINK BLEUBIRD ROCKS: To many lifestyle and personal blog enthusiasts, Bleubird and its keeper, Miss James, are an institution. Known to many for her well regarded shop, Bluebird Vintage, she currently focuses on her family and all the style, fashion, food and pretty things that fill her life and the pages of her blog, bringing her readers a taste of the sweet life.


FOLLOW: Twitter | TypePad

Beauty That Moves

NAME: Heather
BLOG: Beauty That Moves
WHY WE THINK BEAUTY THAT MOVES ROCKS: Run by Heather (yoga teacher, artist, homemaker, mother, and wife), Beauty That Moves is a beautifully designed family and lifestyle blog that embodies Heather's desire to balance the necessities of life with a touch of humorous grace. Beauty That Moves isn't just for those dedicated to family life, however - Heather also runs seasonal whole foods online workshops that any foodie can appreciate.


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Blogging with your iPad; Blogsy + TypePad Make it Happen

Giveaway has ended. Winners will be announced on February 3rd, 2012.

We've heard from many of you that blogging on TypePad from your iPad has needed improvement. Your feedback prompted us to team up with our new heroes over at Blogsy to integrate TypePad into their truly stellar iPad app. It's a great way to blog from the couch, or anywhere else, and we know you'll love the experience!

We are blown away by the dedication the Blogsy team has for creating and maintaining such a high quality app. So much so, in fact, that we're hosting a giveaway! 10 lucky TypePad users will receive Blogsy for free. All you need for a chance to win is an iPad and a little effort!

To be eligible to win a free copy of the Blogsy app, you need to Like, Tweet, Reblog, and/or Favorite this post. Once you've done that, leave a comment here to let us know about it (share the URL if available so that we can confirm your activity). In two weeks (02/02/12) we will draw the names of the winners and announce them here on the blog. note: winners' contact info will be passed to Blogsy so they can be sent the promo code.

To learn more about Blogsy, watch the introductory video below or read more after the cut. Whatever you do, make sure you get the app from the iTunes App store and revolutionize the way you blog!

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A New Design Was Just What The Doctor Ordered


One of the common design requests the TypePad Blog Services team receives is to match a blog's design to a person or organization's website. We handle this under our Design Implementation Service. Donna contacted us on behalf of Surety Pro Pharmacy to request a Design Implementation. She provided the design and the image files used in it, we made it work on TypePad. We like the Design Implementation Service because it shows off the full range of what you can do on TypePad. If you're like Surety Pro Pharmacy and looking to start a new blog that matches your website, contact us with your request. You may be surprised at what's possible on TypePad!

P.S. You can view this and many other great blogs in our portfolio.

Take a stand against SOPA

Many of you in the TypePad community have reached out to ask about our stance in regards to SOPA. In short, we at TypePad believe in intellectual property rights but not in one-sided legislation that promotes censorship without recourse. As such, we do not support the SOPA and PIPA legislation as currently written. We encourage you to form your own opinions and, as always, to express them on your TypePad blog.

If you're interested in learning more about SOPA, How Stuff Works has a great, easy to understand article. If you'd like to take a stand against SOPA, go here. The SOPA Strike site has a script you can use to black out your site here, which can be added to your blog using the "Embed your own HTML" module.

No matter how you feel about SOPA or PIPA, now is a great time to remind ourselves that our representatives in Washington DC are just that, our representatives. So stand up, speak up and be heard! Contact your Rep or Senator today.