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Reporting Life Makes a Splash


Carmen is a verbatim reporter (also known as a court reporter) with a passion for her work. She decided to start a blog on TypePad to share her knowledge with others, called Reporting Life. She needed help with the design so she reached out to the TypePad blog services team and we set her up with a Design Creation Service.

Carmen purchased two illustrations from an image service that we adapted for her banner image and we built her design on the new Clean theme (introduced in December). The simplicity of the Clean theme really makes the splash of colors in the banner stand out.

Looking for a striking new design for your blog? Check out our Design Creation Service. And be sure to visit Reporting Life to get an inside look at a very interesting profession.

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

Positively Present

NAME: Dani
BLOG: Positively Present
WHY WE THINK ROCKS: To Dani, being "positively present" means focusing on living in the moment and searching for the positive in every situation, and that's exactly what Positively Present strives to help you do. Daily posts on Positively Present strive to support the idea that life is best lived if its lived right now, with a positive attitude.

Her posts aren't the only positive thing that Dani has created! Positively Present sports a fantastically clean and simple design created by the blogger herself!



Small + Friendly

NAME: Carla
BLOG: Small + Friendly
WHY WE THINK SMALL + FRIENDLY ROCKS: Small & Friendly is a chronicle of one woman's adventures in homemaking. The site is chock full of recipes, sewing tutorials, DIYs, and mindful parenting articles. Beautiful photos, humorous, entertaining posts, useful info and a great design make this a fantastic example of what a TypePad blog can be.



Quick Tip: Add a message above the comment form

If you are using the Design Lab or Magazine Layout - Featured Cards themes, please check out the updated post Quick Tip: How To Add A Quick And Easy Message To Your Comment Form.


Do you want to let your readers know about your comment policy before they comment? Using Custom CSS, you can add a brief message above the comment form to communicate with your readers. If you have comment moderation enabled, for instance, you can let your readers know their comments won't appear right away. Or you may just want to ask for all commenters to submit their name and not a pseudonym.

Custom CSS is a feature available with the Pro Unlimited and higher plans.

Typepad offers two types of commenting options: the default comments and Typepad Connect comments. The CSS code is slightly different depending on the commenting system you are using. Please note if you are using Disqus or other non-Typepad commenting system, the below code will not apply.

Here's what our example will look like:

For the default commenting system, you can use the below CSS code:

#comments-open-login:before {
content: "We appreciate your comments! Please include your name and email address or your comment will not be published.";
display: block;
margin: 10px auto;
text-align: center;
padding: 5px;
border: 1px solid #ccc;
background-color: #f9f9f9;

For Typepad Connect comments, you can use the below CSS code:

#comments-signin:before {
content: "Comments for this blog are held for moderation before they are published to the blog.";
display: block;
margin: 10px auto;
text-align: center;
padding: 5px;
border: 1px solid #ccc;
background-color: #f9f9f9;

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

  • The content attribute is where you will include the text you want to display above the comment form.
  • The margin can be increased or descreased to increase the space around the note.
  • The text-align attribute can be set to center, left, or right.
  • The padding around the text can be increased or decreased. Since our example includes a shaded box, the padding determines distance between the text and the outside of the box.
  • The border settings can be changed too. If you don't want a border, remove this attribute entirely.
  • The color code for the background-color can be adjusted. If you don't want to have a background color, you can remove this attribute.

You can also include other attributes - for example: font-weight: bold; - to further style the note. You can find other formatting attributes in the article on styling the post title with CSS.

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.

Patina Green Home and Market

NAME: Patina Green
BLOG: Patina Green Home & Market
WHY WE THINK PATINA GREEN ROCKS: Patina Green is a family business in the heart of McKinney, Texas, run by Interior Designer Kaci, husband Robert, a classically trained chef, and mother Luann, who runs their retail shop. Much like the store, their blog features gorgeous home furnishings, tasty local food, vintage treasures, and plenty of inspiration!



New Opportunities for Becoming a Get Satisfaction Champion

We've mentioned before how important it is to become a TypePad Get Satisfaction Champion, but in case you've forgotten how, the easiest way to do so is by answering some questions or giving your opinion.

We've got a few threads that would be a great place to start.

For instance, do you pull updates from other sources into your blog?  Let us know what service you use!

Do you have a group blog where your readers upload images?  Tell us how you do it!

Don't forget, that in addition to helping people, when you become a Champion, you'll get free time applied to your TypePad account and a Marc Johns SAY Media shirt.

Under the Tulip Tree

NAME: Julie Smith
BLOG: Under the Tulip Tree
WHY WE THINK UNDER THE TULIP TREE ROCKS: Blogger and photographer Julie Smith is a self-described maker, grower, and picture taker of things, living just outside of Portland, Oregon, with her crafty husband and two chatty kids. Under The Tulip Tree is a lovely example of great, minimalist natural design which features absolutely gorgeous photos, free printables, great interviews, and a charming slice of life.



The New and Improved Dashboard

We've recently made some changes to the Dashboard that our Beta Team users are now seeing.  We'll be releasing these options to everyone soon, but here's a preview of what we've added.



New Quick Posting Options
We've brought together the best of the quick posting types that were previously available for general and beta users.

You now have the following options:

  • Quick post: This will quickly let you share a thought straight from the TypePad dashboard
  • Photo post: You can easily share any image with your readers and add commentary. This gives you the ability to share an image either by uploading it or by supplying its URL if it is hosted elsewhere.  We've also increased the number of supported sites for auto-discovery, so you can enter the URL of the page where the image is located and have the image returned.
  • Video post: It's easy to share a video with your readers with this function. We've also enhanced support for more video sites and given you a preview capability so you can see what video you are sharing before you publish your post.
  • Share: With this you can enter any URL on the Internet, choose the part of the web page you'd like to share in your post, and add commentary.

If these options aren't for you, as always, you can jump to composing a new post using the Compose link or by using the "Write a full post" link included next to the quick posting options. 

Improved "Recent Activity" stream
In addition to fixing some issues, we've made content from the people you follow more prominent in the activity stream. It's now easier to scan through the content and get a sense of what a post is all about before clicking through.

If you'd like to see these features before we release them, make sure to join our Beta Team! You'll be the first to get to try out new TypePad features and give us your feedback on them to make them even better!

Blogsy App Winners!

Yesterday the Blogsy app giveaway ended. Between the entries across Facebook, Twitter and TypePad, we have a better idea of how much TypePad users wanted a solution for blogging with their iPad. We're very glad that we could work with the Blogsy team to make that happen!

Now for what you really want to know... 

The winners of the Blogsy app giveaway are: 

We will be passing along the winner's contact information to the Blogsy team so that they can be sent their free promo code for the Blogsy app.

Congratulations to the winners! Anyone else wanting to blog from their iPad to their TypePad should download Blogsy from the iTunes store.