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Chez Larsson

NAME: Benita
BLOG: Chez Larsson
WHY WE THINK CHEZ LARSSON ROCKS: For plenty of DIY projects and gorgeous inspiration, look no further than Chez Larsson. Blogger Benita is a self-professed neat freak and organizing fanatic who enjoys getting her hands dirty, and lucky for us, she shares it all with her readers. Chez Larsson features how-tos of all types, from house projects to gardening to baking and more, with gorgeous photos to boot!


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Announcing The Pin It Button on TypePad!

Pinterest is a "virtual pinboard" that lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. Whether you're planning a wedding, remodeling a home, looking for new recipes to try, or simply want to collect and share the things you find inspiring, Pinterest is a fun and easy way to do it. Unfamiliar with how Pinterest works? Read more here!

Over the past few weeks, many of you have reached out via our GetSatisfaction forum, help tickets, Twitter and Facebook to let us know how important it is for you to have a Pinterest button integrated into your blog footer, and we agreed! Our team got to work building a Pinterest button into the TypePad interface (something that no other blogging service currently has), even hacking Pinterest's original browser button to make sure that it would be the perfect fit for TypePad bloggers and their readers. Today, we can proudly announce that it's here!

To add the Pin In button to your posts in Basic Templates, go to your Dashboard, and click to Design > Content. Click the Post Footer link, tick the Pinterest box, click OK, and save your changes. That's it!


Advanced Template user? Just click here for instructions on how to add Pinterest's own button to your blog.

Why should you add the Pin It button to your blog footer? The short answer is clicks. Pinterest may be the new kid on the social media block, but it really packs a punch, generating more referral traffic to blogs than YouTube, Google +, and LinkedIn combined. Pinterest can also help build community on your blog, giving you a new way to interact with your readers.


Now we're on Pinterest, too! TypePad boasts some of the most visually stunning, gorgeous and compelling blogs on the Internet, and we're very excited to have a new way to celebrate and promote our bloggers. You can find us on Pinterest right here. Interested in following us to see what's beautiful on TypePad blogs? Click the button:

Follow Me on Pinterest

We're so excited to make the Pin It button available to our bloggers and their readers, and we hope you're just as excited as we are! As with everything we do, we're planning on making the Pin It button even better over time. Our bloggers never stop improving, and neither do we!

Are you on Pinterest? Drop your link in the comments - we'd love to follow along!

This Banner Makes Me Hungry


Angelia loves to cook and she loves to share her passion for cooking with others through her blog, Full Plate Review. She wanted to take her blog to a new level, so she contacted the TypePad Blog Services team about our Tune-Up Service. Among other things, we set up social media sharing tools on her blog, optimized her sidebar content, and even added a custom favicon for her. We then made a personalized banner image using some of her food photos. Looks yummy, doesn't it?

Want to give your blog a new lease on life? With the Tune-Up Service, we evaluate your blog, make a series of recommendations, and then implement the recommendations for you. Plus, you get a new banner as part of the service. Interested? Sign up now! And don't forget to visit Full Plate Review if you love food.

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

Did You Know?: Enabling the Full Editor

Most of you probably use our Rich Text Editor's many options to compose your posts in TypePad. Perhaps, though, you don't see all of these options.  Maybe you had them all at one time, but now you don't.

While some older web browsers don't support these options, in many cases, you don't see them any longer because you've switched to the Lite Editor.  While the Lite Editor is great for slower computers and still has functions like inserting images and links, we do recommend that you use our Full Editor.

To switch from the Lite Editor to the Full Editor (or vice versa), just look for the option under your Compose post box and click the link:


That's all there is to it!  Now you can have even more options when creating your post!

We hope you found this useful! Check back every other week for more "Did You Know?" tips to help make your blog even better!

Heather Bullard

NAME: Heather Bullard
BLOG: Heather Bullard Lifestyle Blog
WHY WE THINK HEATHER BULLARD ROCKS: Editor, Photographer, Stylist & Story Producer Heather Bullard has cultivated one of the best lifestyle blogs on TypePad, full of compelling posts and gorgeous photos. It should come as no surprise that Heather works as a Contributing Editor to Country Living Magazine, reading her blog is just like flipping through its glossy pages!


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TypePad GM Jeff Reine Talks Social Media with Technorati

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As an extension of Technorati's State of the Blogosphere 2011 study, Technorati Media is releasing a new web series, Igniting Social Media. These interviews will showcase industry experts discussing social media trends and features from major blogging platforms, tools, start-ups, brands and agencies while providing insight on how social media impacts our ecosystem today and how it will continue to evolve.

This week, Technorati CEO Shani Higgins sat down with TypePad's own Jeff Reine to talk about blogging trends, audience building and revenue, TypePad's role in the blogging ecosystem, and much more. You can check out the piece on Technoriati here, but we've included the full interview for you to watch below. Enjoy!

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We'd love to know what you think! Let us know in the comments.


NAME: Heather Cahoon
BLOG: wordplayhouse
WHY WE THINK WORDPLAYHOUSE ROCKS: For children's book illustrator and author Heather Cahoon, playtime is serious business. Her blog, wordplayhouse, offers parents plenty of inspiration and tips on wholesome ways to spend time together with simple, playful recipes for young helpers, imaginative play and project ideas, in hopes that its' own creative explorations spark ideas for readers and their families.


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My Marrakesh nominated for Best African Weblog

We know many of the best bloggers on the internet are using TypePad, and we love seeing TypePad blogs nominated for awards. My Marrakesh, a TypePad blogger since 2006, is nominated for Best African Weblog in the the 2012 Bloggies.

Go read My Marrakesh and then vote for her in the 2012 Bloggies.

To vote for My Marrakesh, go to the Twelfth Annual Weblog Awards site, select the African category, check My Marrakesh, vote for at least 2 other blogs, and scroll down to the end of the page to complete the form. You'll be sent an email to confirm your votes.

Congrats, Maryam!

Is your blog nominated for or win an award? Let us know in the comments!

Blythe Ponytail Parades

NAME: Violet
BLOG: Blythe Ponytail Parades
WHY WE THINK BLYTHE PONYTAIL PARADES ROCKS: With a day job at a publishing house and a side gig as a photographer, Violet leads a full life. Luckily, she makes time to write about it all on her charming blog, Blythe Ponytail Parades. Here, you'll read all about her latest obsessions, family life, her photography business and her puppy, Marshmallow! As the title would suggest, Violet is also fond of Blythe dolls so fellow addicts will be charmed for sure, but there's also plenty of photography, food, and fashion inspiration - something for everyone!